hello. i am 40 (will be 41 in a month) and this is my first. :)
well, i hope it's my first, anyway. what i mean by that is i had my first prenatal appt last Wed and they didn't see anything on the (transvaginal) ultrasound. my husband and i were still too excited to really react negatively to that and my OB/GYN said, well, it's not quite visible yet (or something like that). my husband asked if this was normal and she said yes. and she really didn't look concerned or alarmed. however, after doing a lot of google research and talking to friends, we are preparing for a blighted ovum... but still hoping that just maybe it's ok.(I was nine weeks last week.)
sorry to be a downer. anyway, not much to do until the next appt on the 21st (i'll be 11 weeks).
ok, so, as for the type of birth i'd like to have: i'd like to try for as natural a birth as possible. i did my research and found an ob/gyn who is very pro-natural. but i probably will stick with the hospital route (Cedars Sinai, in Los Angeles). Maybe i will change my mind once we start the Bradley classes; i'm not sure. Cost is an issue, yes. I'm hoping that I'll be able to wait to go to the hospital until i'm pretty far along. i have also considered a doula, but, again, the money is an issue.
Hope i get to stay in this due date club. And so far I win the prize for the oldest, i think.