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Talk to me about prenatal care (& my story)

post #1 of 8
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My story, I'm on medicaid this time around and there are only two birth centers that accept it. One I don't feel comfortable with and the other is SO far away and we can't risk driving through the city to get to it until we can afford to renew the stickers on my car. I absolutely would NOT choose UC simply because of financial reasons. I know that isn't a smart idea. But because of the financial reasons, I'm at least looking into it and considering it. I currently don't feel comfortable with it. However, I also didn't feel comfortable with a lot of parenting decisions in the beginning and then came around after I educated myself. The least I can do is educate myself.

 

So my first question is about prenatal care. Right now I've been to a pregnancy resource center to get proof of pregnancy for medicaid and then I've been to one midwife appointment. Had an ultrasound at 6 weeks, had bloodwork at 8 weeks because my midwife couldn't see the baby that day and wanted to make sure he/she was growing right. Bloodwork came back normal. Now 10 weeks. 

I do feel strongly that the anatomy scan is important. 

So what do those who have a UC do about prenatal care?

 

I'm sure I'll have more questions =)

post #2 of 8

Personally I think the anatomy scans are famous for breaking people's hearts for no reason. They have helped people and they have hurt people. A percentage of mothers abort to avoid birthing a deformed child and rid themselves of a healthy baby. Another percentage just goes on to agonize for days, weeks or months until a follow-up scan, only to find a healthy baby. I think this emotional impact is physically harmful to the pregnancy. So because of that risk I do not scan.

 

I non invasively monitor everything relevant to the pregnancy. If I need to pee in a cup I get the strips. If I need to take my blood pressure, I can do that. Etc.

post #3 of 8

Lord willing, this will be our 4th baby. 2 of my babies were in hospital (in the last 7 years, so not the dark ages). I've never had an anatomy scan ordered for me & saw no reason to request one. I had 1 ultrasound for bleeding around 11 weeks w/ my 3rd baby but it wasn't a standard scan. Like Jess I check my protien, blood pressure, fundal height, weight gain, eat healthy & try not to be a slug. I'm approaching 34 weeks, so that last one is getting hard. :)

post #4 of 8

Some UC'ers go to a hospital based OB or MW and keep their plans to UC to themselves, others go by instinct about how they are feeling, and others do medical self care. Most hospital and birth center birthing women with low risk pregnancies only get the one 20 week ultrasound if they are seeing a doctor. I don't count them totally needed, and early pregnancy u/s might be dangerous they are finding. False positives are so common. I did not get ultrasounds with my 2nd and 3rd kids. If you want to see your mw until 20 weeks, get the scan, then switch to self care you could do that.

post #5 of 8

Are there any homebirth midwives in your area?

post #6 of 8

I partially chose UC for financial reasons. I really wanted a homebirth and could not afford a midwife. So, it was either give up and do a hospital birth or UC. I was already open to UC and had planned one that fell through with a previous pregnancy because of where we were living. If you feel comfortable with doing things yourself and all the paperwork after and hopefully have a nearby family doc that is open minded to check on the baby if need be or to help with paperwork, I think it can be a good option. I do not feel comfortable doing it again since we moved and do have just enough to pay for a homebirth midwife this time and I don't have any doc to go to after and in a big city, things could be more complicated.

 

Lots to consider. 

post #7 of 8

With my UC I sought care in the beginning. I saw a midwife a few times until I decided I was not comfortable with her. I went to regular OB appointments until my 20week ultrasound when I saw the placenta was in a good place, per midwife's suggestion. I would have continued to go to the OB until the very end if I hadn't been completely miserable there. It was awful and I hated every aspect of OB care, I just couldn't stand it. So I stopped going and cared for myself. I ate healthy, making sure I got lots of protein, at least 2 cups of leafy green veggies every day, ect. Drank TONS of water. Kept myself active, getting at the very least 20 minutes of sunlight a day for the vit D. Since I had been pregnant 5 times total at that point I knew what to watch out for and if I felt anything was off I took care of it how I knew best. Thankfully the only thing that seemed out of the ordinary was my iron, which was normal for me in pregnancy, so I just up'ed that, per diet. That pregnancy ended up being the healthiest and longest I had had. All of my others came at least 2 weeks early (up to 4 weeks early) and this one went to 41 weeks. I soley blame my fantastic diet and activity :) lol.

 

I am currently about 7 weeks pregnant and don't plan on seeking care this time. I am confident that this is what's best and safest for me :)

If you do choose to go this route I say RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH! Leave NO rock unturned!! If you need any advice feel free to PM me.

 

Good luck!!

post #8 of 8
Is this your first baby?

I just had my second. We did unassisted because I could not find a midwife that I liked and after long and agonizing talks, my dh and I felt that for this baby, unassisted was the way to go. I got the pee strips off of amazon, monitered my bp via the machine at the pharmacy, took my own weight and funeral height etc. I had green smoothies for breakfast and stayed as far as I could away from processed foods. in other words, I did my own prenatal care from 9 weeks on. If I could do it again, I would get a Doppler off of amazon as well. I couldn't hear anything from the fetuscope.

For the birth I bought a birthing pool and all the equipment (hose, connected, water pump) and birth supplies (chux pads, umbilical cord clamp, coconut water, recovery stuff...)

I had budgeted $1,000 for the whole pregnancy and birth, including new baby stuff. I haven't done the final tally, but I went under that. But I didn't count the food in my budget.

But that's just me.
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