Turns out „good to go“ was all my body needed to hear!
We left the house at 05:05 h on the morning of 08/18 (yes it’s true, we checked the clock in the car) after I’d realized that this time the night time contractions weren’t just pains that were going to go away again. Also, the need to take care of the laundry I’d forgotten in the washer at four in the morning and bloody show tipped me off! We put a coat and shoes on DS and dropped him off at the grandparents on the way. Came in at L&D at 5.30 where I spent almost one boring hour on a monitor, after which I insisted on a very thorough visual exam. So yet another doc again confirmed that lesions in the place we described were completely gone and that the bumps that were supposedly there had, with absolute certainty, nothing to do with herpes. His opinion was that with visible lesions gone, there was no reason to assume that I was anymore infectious than any of the millions of asymptomatic shedders out there who birth vaginally all the time, in fact he thought my risk of transmission was rather lower, being on suppressive therapy and having recent antibodies going. He offered me the CS as elective surgery but emphasized he really didn’t recommend it.
DD was born completely intervention-free at 08:08 h on the morning of 08/18, weighing 3355 g. She’s sleeping on me now.
They are so confident for her health they do not even see a need for monitoring her beyond their normal protocols – I’ve asked. I’ll just do it myself and mention it to the peds coming in tomorrow.
Thank you for helping me on this journey!
I’ll update later on the again super-weird phone call from the obgyn I listened to on my service, but I’d rather not think of this right now- enjoying my DD!