I just got the rest of my records from DS's pregnancy and I measured 33cm at 36 weeks, no wonder he was so little, at least this time I measure right on (34cm at 33 weeks 4 days), so maybe maybe maybe DD will be at least 7 pounds, that would be awesome! I think for twins you guys are measuring great!
@ mcs: I know lots of doctors like that in Germany, they prescribe accupuncture or homeopathics but still are overly cautious... My sister didn't have a swab done all the time, but she had those gloves from the Apotheke that have a pH indicator on them and if it goes basic, it indicates a vaginal infection... And all the ultrasounds... I'm confident that midwives can just tell by touching mama's belly how baby is positioned... Mine at the birthing center can, they don't even recommend a third trimester ultrasound without any medical indication...
Muttermund, I think your husband might be right from where the word comes from. My DH always makes fun of all the German words for body parts (he speaks German) and complains why we don't use Latin words like in English, but that's doctor language in German (seriously, it's a Kniescheibe DH, not a patella!).... I only know one couple with a German husband in the US, all the other ones are German wives and American husbands. It already occurred to me that men are less likely to leave their homecountry... I have little comparison about birth too, I only can tell from the online communities and my sisters, though they chose obgyn-hospital births with some midwife support, which is the most interventive thing possible. None of my friends have kids yet (it's unlikely before 30) and one is pregnant, but "due" a day before me. I can already tell her obgyn is quite intrusive, she has had cervical checks at 20 weeks (!!!) and non-stress tests starting at 30 weeks, without any indication of preterm labor or anything else. But that's an old-school East German obgyn, she sort of sounds like still doing things like 30 years ago!
My MD sister thinks little of birthing centers and finds homebirth dangerous.... She already freaked out that I only had one ultrasound (22 weekish, to ensure proper organ development and find out the gender), that I do not have regular non stress tests... On the other hand, she feels the GD test is unnecessary, thinks painkillers and epidurals should only be used sparingly, is for delayed cord clamping and extended breastfeeding... So my overall impression is while someone might appear crunchy, there are not all the way mothering-style. ;)