For reasons I won't go into except to say survivor and medical trauma, I am unable to undergo even a basic pelvic exam with instruments by a OB. I think I may be able to handle basic cervix checks by a *female* provider; hopefully my
Ob ( female) and a birth assistant I can trust.
Due to complications and not having been given the opportunity to labor during my last and first pgc y, I'm wondering what my options are to check my progress during labor. Any ideas?
I really wish I could join the survivor forum on here, but I have not posted enough. There are no support networks in my area of Austin for mothers like me, at my income level. I've literally been told by a therapist that she cannot help due to the interstices of my personal and cultural history, and have been looking for 2 years for a therapist in my area.
Stats: 36 w, gestational diabetes under control w/ glyburide & cinnamon/chromium supplement, GBS pos in urine, "survivor" by individuals as well as medical personnel. Risked out by hbmw, medical //XX interferences . Planning to labor at home as long as possible for a VBAC ( ds, I had not even a chance to experience labor due to low amniotic fluid emergency c-sec w/ the natural CB obgyn here in Austin), putting in place "safety nets" just in case the baby is HBAC.
Wondering if there are other ways to check progress ?