Anyone got any appointments coming up? I met with the midwife on Friday and really liked her, she actually worked with my last midwife that I loved about 2 hours away, so that was kind of cool! We see her for the first prenatal on July 3, DH is coming with :)
I met with the two midwives for the first time last week, and have an "official" prenatal appointment for August. I really like them a bunch, and one has been doing home births for 18 years! I bet shes seen it all...
Having tea with like-minded parents is such a fantastic idea and what a great way to get to know others, I feel like I should orchestrate one around here!
I have to call my RE back tomorrow and they'll set up a 7 week u/s - so in 2 weeks. If all goes well at the u/s I'll set up my first appointment with my midwife team - I'm hoping to have the same team as before. They'll probably book my first appointment for around 8 weeks. And I'll book my doula soon after but won't meet with her until later on.
I don't have anything at all figured out yet. We're moving to a new part of the country at the end of July and I figured I would interview some area midwives once I get there then schedule an appointment for sometime shortly after 12 weeks. I keep things pretty low-tech prenatal-wise so there's just not much reason for me to see a care provider any sooner than that.
I'm moving next month, so I'm not even going to think about it. There is one midwife I talked to on the phone I really liked but not sure if she'll still see me so far away. There's also another I haven't talked to who I'd be interested in interviewing. And there's a third I already interviewed before my loss. So, I'm just going to settle in, and by then, I'll be 12 weeks, which is kind of when I want to start this process anyway (since it sucked last time to cancel a bunch of interviews after the loss).
My first appointment is August 1st with the same midwife that has delivered our previous 2 children. I absolutely love her -- she has a medical background, and I feel very comfortable with her. She knows us well, and I'm looking forward to seeing her again. Although, she did have a chuckle when I called for an appointment.
I'm very happy going to her house for the checkups/appointments. In the past I have laboured at home, and she has come to check progress. When it looks close to transition we have gone to the local hospital and given birth under her guidance. It gives me an opportunity to have a day or so at the hospital to hang out with new baby before heading back to the zoo.
My intake appointment is a week from tomorrow; I'll be 6 weeks, 2 days. Then, two weeks after that I'll have my first appointment with one of the midwives. I'm planning on seeing all of them in the practice since I won't know who will be on call when baby decides to come. Last time I saw my general practitioner for the first twenty weeks, but decided to transfer after she left me a really obscure voice mail message about my 20 week ultra sound on a Friday afternoon with no way to get clarification until Monday. My general practitioner never did an internal exam, but I was informed by the scheduler that the first midwife appointment will be a lot like an annual exam. So.... I wonder if she will do an early transvaginal ultrasound.... Hmmmm. Can't wait to see the heartbeat.
I am gathering names of local MWs to interview right now. My HB community is very small, and I'm not sure I want to go with the woman we had last time, for various reasons. Feeling more than a little stressed over this because I'm not sure if I should open the conversation with her at all, or look for someone new.
I had a great interview yesterday with a midwife. We still have one more interview next Friday, but I'm thinking we'll probably go with the first. She lives in my town, she's around my age, I just hit it off with her. She also answered a lot of my dh questions so he's feeling a little better about the homebirth possibility, but still says that he feels "indifferent" at this point. The woman that we're meeting with on Friday has years of experience and is also so great. The main issue is that she's about 40 min to an hour away, and I'd have to go up there for appointments. But, I'm planning on taking a midwife training course that she's offering, so I guess I'd be driving up there anyway. I also know that she requires a week-long lying in period, which is great in theory. But, I don't know what dh's paternity leave schedule will be. Last time he on;y got to take about 3 days off, and he's in the middle of a job search right now. The forced lying in sounds wonderful, but don't know if I could do it alone with a toddler to take care of as well. So, we'll see. Regardless, I probably won't go into my first official appointment until at least 9 weeks, but might wait until 12 weeks so we can hear the heartbeat on the first visit.
We have an appt with the OB on Tuesday morning (mainly just to get an early ultrasound - I know, how uncrunchy, but it will get my paranoid self through the first tri with minimal stress, and that is my goal). I am really hoping everything is ok, with all my other pregnancies, I have had either subchorionic hematomas, and with one, a retroplacental hematoma (which eventually ended up with a loss, it was right under the placenta and clotted and the baby passed). I have been taking placenta bond strengtheners (Vit e and Vit c with bioflavanoids) and am not getting my usually crampiness, so I am really hoping that I don't have a hematoma this time and the baby is ok.
My first appointment is on Aug. 1, to meet the new midwives.
We had the same two midwives deliver both our boys at home. The senior midwife's name was Abby, and she had been delivering babies for over 40 years. She was such an awesome lady and resource! Sadly, she died last fall, just a few months after our second son was born. :( The other midwife we had left the practice a month ago. So we are back to square 1.
We meet two new midwives this time. I have actually met both before in passing, have heard them speak before. One has only been practicing for a couple years, but the other has been practicing 20+. We will also have an apprentice, and she is the same one who attended my second son's birth. Hoping we get along with them and feel comfortable; we were sad to lose Abby!
Appt went GREAT! Saw the baby with a heartbeat, he just did a quicky to determine viability, no measurements! And we may have found why I had so many miscarriages - he did an abdominal vs a transvaginal u/s and saw a big septum in my uterus. Apparently a septate uterus can hike the miscarriage rate anywhere from 25-47%. I actually have an appt in Aug at around 11 weeks to recheck the septum. I have had 8-10 transvaginal ultrasounds in the first tri with all my pregnancies and they NEVER caught this. So I am feeling hopeful, especially since the placenta was not implanted on the septum wall, so odds are good.
kalamos- glad your appointment went well! I can't believe that they never caught that, but it's great that things look more promising this time.
I just made my first appointment with the midwives for next Wednesday... I will be almost 8 weeks. I might or might not get an ultrasound. I have mixed feelings about that- with my first I didn't get any confirmation until I heard the heartbeat with a doppler later on, but with my second they did a vaginal ultrasound even though I hadn't requested it, which was reassuring and nice. And since I just had a recent loss, that confirmation would be nice, though I feel like everything is OK...