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You might also take a look at some of the info Penny Simkin has for survivors of sexual trauma giving birth. This can be a good work sheet: https://www.pennysimkin.com/download/Articles-Handouts/Strategies%20for%20Specific%20Triggers.pdf   There are some good other resources on her page too.   https://www.pennysimkin.com/articles-resources/     I pushed my from my face too, both times, that's what my body did.  Some people just do.   I also have a history of...
Good luck!  Let us know how it goes!  The brownies sound so yum :)
Glad to hear you are feeling calm and peaceful!  I've heard that the pitocin can be titrated so it's more gentle, and the epidural can also be turned up or down depending on what your needs are.    I've also found that making plans to help cozy up my birth environment is soothing.  So, music, my own blanket and pillow, aromatherapy if you like that and are allowed.   A hot pot and my favorite tea.  Books and magazines.  That kind of thing.   What are your plans for...
I am considering an elective induction for this pregnancy so I have been researching this.  If I end up having an epidural, I'm thinking about using the peanut ball http://betterbirthdoula.org/peanut-ball-and-epidurals-tips-for-doulas/  Also, here are some labor positions that work on the cefm http://www.icanofatlanta.com/?page_id=159   Here is an older thread with some positive...
Our first was a happy surprise, second was planned, and so was this one.
I'm so sorry, Intoit.  Also wishing you a peaceful recovery.
Yeah, but care providers are supposed to be trustworthy.  Doctors, nurses, and midwives are held (or should be held) to a higher ethical standard for a reason - as a parent you are hiring this person to be an expert and to give you sound advice so that you can make the best decisions for the health of your baby.   You are trusting them to identify and properly respond to potential sign of emergency and emergencies. You should not have to be your own doctor or midwife....
Meds can be a good support while you are learning those new skills.  My therapist calls them training wheels.  They are just one tool in the tool box.   Also, you might not think you qualify for sliding scale but you may be surprised.  Also, you might look and see if there is a charity care clinic in your area for the uninsured.  Usually they are Catholic, and they often have all kinds of services including counseling both individual and couple.  Jewish family...
You have the right to refuse any test that you want.  That is your right as a patient.  Even if they schedule the appointment for you, you don't have to go.   If they say, "Well, what time works for you," you can say, "No thanks," and hang up.   With that said, I would want have a conversation with the doctor about the NST.  Ask why s/he thinks you can't put it off for a few more weeks.  If you get the NST and get good results, how frequently do you need to have...
I always gain about 40 lbs and its always in my belly and the belly does not really go away.  I am really trying to boost my leg strength so maybe this time it will be in my legs and butt a little bit.  I know it doesn't work that way but a girl can hope.  I was also way more sedentary my last pregnancy and it was tough on my body.  So far I have been off to a good start though.
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