I may have been enjoined not to write much here about our personal experience with the baby doc industrial complex, at least until ours is born, but I can share other people's thoughts. This post on BoingBoing by a guest blogger captures some of my frustrations (I'm quoting a choice bit, but read the whole post for his context)
Our child birthing class teacher: "Oh only 5% of babies are actually born on their due dates."
Me: So are half born before, half after?
Teacher: "Oh you can't know when the baby is going to come."
Me: I get it. I just want to know the statistics.
Teacher: "The baby will come when it is ready."
I asked on obstetrician.
Doctor: "The due date is just an estimate. There is no way of knowing when the baby will come."
Me: But of your patients, what fraction delivers before and what fraction deliver after the due date?
Doctor: "I try not to think of it that way."
Right. And so it goes.