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Q&A: When Can I Expect My Baby To Be Born?

by Anne Sommers, Licensed Midwife | 0 Comments

Q This is my first pregnancy and I understand that you can have the baby 2 weeks before or after your due date. Do you know what the percentage rates are for each?

A A healthy full term baby can come anywhere from 38 to 42 weeks after your last menstrual period. The 40 weeks is an estimation of time it takes to grow a baby. It used to be that naturally about 4% of babies actually came on their due date. However, in this day of "managed birth," most babies come within a few days or on their due dates because of the high rate of induction.

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Anne Sommers, LM is a Licensed Midwife in Southern California and founder of Agape Perinatal Consultation & Birthing Services. Anne has attended and personally delivered hundreds of beautiful bouncing babies in some very wonderful and natural settings -- like in the water! She has appeared on various Southern California radio and cable television shows, talked to birth organizations, was editor for several child birth publications and was the owner, editor and publisher of "Mom" Magazine, a quarterly publication in circulation for over seven years. She completed Seattle Midwifery School's Challenge Process and the NARM exam (supervised by the California Medical Board) qualifying her for midwifery licensure. Anne actually made history as noted in the Orange County Register for being one of Southern California's first Licensed Midwives. She is also the mother of two children, born at home, with the attendance of midwives. The Baby Corner The Baby Corner - The Magazine for Expecting & New Parents

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