Originally Posted by moonygoony
I've been in the same boat. I'm 33wks and had said back in April that I would go off call...and here I am 7 births later with more on the way! Darn that inability to say no.
I think that part of why I am still doing it is because I desperately need to see a good normal birth before I have my own baby. The last FOUR births I've attended have been transports for SROM with no real contractions. We rarely have transports (the last one I went on was a year ago!) so it has been really weird and freaking my preggo mind out. I've had all of these crazy hospital birth dreams for the past two months because of it. For example, I just got home from a transport this morning and when I crashed I dreamed that I was the one transported, needing an epidural and pit and that the hospital staff was so delighted with a home birth transport not fighting the very interventions that were needed that they broke out in this grand musical number. I just hope this streak of quirky births ends soon. Maybe I need to schedule an extended birth tiger/fear release session...bah...
Tell me about it! I have been experiencing much of the same. I attended 10 births in April and May, and still have 6 remaining due dates before I am off. Many of them have been complicated by various things, including TWO third-time mamas who had a section after two previous vaginal births. How's that for freaking you out when you're expecting your third? It's like I hadn't even CONSIDERED the possibility of having a section myself until then. An old wise midwife I know always used to say "You pay for the first, the second one's free, and the third one makes an honest woman of you"!
The first two definitely apply to me, so we'll see for number three.
: for some beautiful, encouraging births (for us and the mamas)!!