When you're having a long pregnancy, it can seem like everyone is treating you like you're broken. It can make you feel like something is wrong, like your baby is at risk. Are they at risk? Should you be induced? What are the alternatives?
Here in the UK, there is a rarely questioned expectation that if a pregnancy is long, it will end in an induction. We are much more accepting of short pregnancies, generally speaking, than we are of long ones.
"I was told: 'They don’t let you go past 40 weeks.'"
I’m always excited when new research comes out that supports something that we already knew. This one is a Cochrane Review, published on 18 March 2019, which concluded that “companionship in labour results in positive outcomes for both women and babies”.