As practitioners, it is our duty to examine the attitudes we have developed as well as the language and terminology we use. Our society defines a pregnancy with a gestation of 40 weeks plus 1 day as overdue. This notion is planted deeply in our culture with origins I was unable to unearth. Many factors come into play surrounding this issue, including some subjective considerations beginning with dating a pregnancy. Read more…. The Two Faces of Postdate Pregnancies
Mimi Pothaar is a student midwife and mother of two grown children, one who arrived at around the 40-week mark, the second after a very long 42-1/2 weeks. She is inspired by those senior midwives who continue to blaze the trail for all women, challenge the status quo, put their all on the line, and offer individualized, women-centered care.