I am in Florida, and have heard its very easy to deal with getting the birth certificate and SS card in this state. Along with planning for a UC, I have also been UP'ing this time, as I found the appointments unnecessary last time. I bought my own blood pressure monitor, I have a scale, and was planning to decline all testing anyway, along with the fact that we were going to lose our insurance at some point in the pregnancy anyway, we decided UP was for us. I had a very healthy pregnancy last time. We had a dating ultrasound done, for a proof of pregnancy for the birth cert we will need eventually. And then 2 private scans, 1 at 14 weeks, and one at 27 weeks. Baby has looked perfect each time. My blood pressure has been great this whole pregnancy, and as of today (34w +1) I have gained about 24lbs. I havent had so much as a bladder infection or cold this pregnancy, its been problem free (minus on going morning sickness). I have gone back and forth deciding if we wanted a doula, then was thinking about hiring a midwife for the birth, but my god we just do not have the money to even be on a payment plan! I am mentally and physically prepared for a UC though. We have several "supplies", a little OB kit we ordered, with umbilical cord scissors, and lots of underpads, sterile gloves, towels, etc. I have oral vit. K that i will be supplementing myself with so he can get more through my breastmilk, ive got shepards purse in case i have a little heavy bleeding. Have read many books (although this often gets countered with "reading books doesnt make you a doctor"). The only "issue" I have is that I am obese, but this has not had any ill effect on the pregnancy. I am pretty active chasing and playing and caring for a toddler 24/7.
My husband and I feel very confident in UCing, its just that no one else IRL does. It makes things annoying, and definitely has made me second guess myself a couple times, but I am confident my body can do this without issue. And I really need that healing birth experience. I want it to be a very intimate moment. I am just tired of everyone bad mouthing it. I let them know Im going to do what I feel is right whether they approve or not, but in a perfect world they would be cheering us on, not putting us down.
Sorry for the novel just thought Id introduce myself.