Most mothers carefully count down the weeks, days, even hours (I’ve seen this, it’s true!) to their due date, looking forward to that magical day. What few prospective parents realize is that the due date is just the result of a scientific bell curve – half of women deliver before their due date and half afterwards. Here is a link to an in-depth description by Transition To Parenthood, including a graph which shows what percentages of women give birth in the weeks before and after their due date. As of week 37 your baby is no longer considered premature! And while as of the day you go over your due date you are considered ‘post dates’ or ‘overdue’, really, your baby is simply going to be among the half of babies who are born after their due date. When a baby is mature, he or she gives off hormones to signal to your body to begin labor. Your body and your baby are beautifully and wonderfully made – trust them.
For this reason, when I am hired as a doula, I am on call day and night for the 5 weeks around the due date, my cell phone is always on and within earshot!