My prior midwife and friend said she'd do the proof of pregnancy for me! She also told me a new CA law says the baby will have to be seen by a pediatrician before I can get the birth cert. Anyone heard of this change?
The state/county I'm in won't accept it from a chiropractor. We just switched insurance/care providers so I don't have a prior patient relationship with any family doctors. They don't even allow for pregnancy-related testing or anything in the main office and would send me to the OB/GYN office just for testing.
I'm wondering if it will be easy or difficult to get in and out of. I just have a hard enough time stumbling in and out of an inflated tub. Looks spacious! It might make it easier to at least place towels or something over the edge of entry/exit so there is some padding there? I guess it wouldn't bother other people but when I'm birthing I tend to really REALLY want every bit of "comfort" I can get ;)
The deeper water would take more gravity weight off your legs for pushing, I would think. Plus, I did a lot of leaning over the side of my birth pool, resting my head on the edge, just totally relaxing in between contractions and even in between pushes. I was on my knees for pushing (and I have painful knees so it must have been not too much weight and well padded). I'm glad you were able to find what position worked for you for that moment.
For those of you going unassisted in pregnancy but planning to get a birth certificate: what do you do to get a proof of pregnancy? It looks like my state requires a letter from a clinic, midwife or physician stating that I was pregnant, LMP, EDD or DOB of the baby, date, etc... Ugh... I want to avoid going in to a medical environment for prenatal care. I'm hoping a local midwife will be willing to do a proof of pregnancy visit for me (only).
I know this topic has come up from time to time and I came across this idea from my cousin, who is an artist. Everything from a greeting card to small or large prints of her painting of a pregnant woman.
Another thing I did for my midwife a few years ago is make a photo book for her of pictures of my daughter's birth and the story. She loved it.
While we're on the subject what else do YOU...
Congratulations! And thank you for mentioning the fb group. I joined :) Excited for you! Thank you for the list! I have my birth pool but have to buy new hoses this time since they got left out last time and yucky (not cleaned out). We put a few sleepingbags under the pool for extra padding and then a tarp on top of those and old dark towels where I get in and out of the pool. I STILL have pads from three births prior (because I water-birth and hardly bleed...
Due to so many people who do not really support UC I can say I'd really, really rather be posting in the private forum but despite my PM requests over the last 2-3 months I still don't have access nor have I had a reply, even though I *thought* I met the requirements and am certainly supportive of other's views and such.
Anyways, at least this is still in a UC forum that, thus far, I've only seen supportive posts in, so I hope I can expect support and that nobody who...
I'm 13 weeks and I'm pretty certain I've felt at least a few movements. Then again, I've had plenty of bubbles too that feel similar. I usually begin to feel hiccups sometime between 15-17 weeks so I'm excited about that coming up soon!
A friend of mine brought up a good point regarding how my nausea has lasted longer with each pregnancy (about two weeks longer each time) possibly related to diminished gallbladder function. I consider myself to be relatively healthy but my mom as well as both grandmothers have all had their gallbladders removed and I'm at "higher risk" since I've been pregnant more times than they were (according to various articles the chances go up with each pregnancy).