I'll try to keep this as short as possible, bear with me.
I didn't want any ultrasounds during this pregnancy, but since I'm going for a VBAC this time, I wanted to play it safe and rule out any placental problems, and make sure the brain/heart/spine, all looked okay in case the baby had any condition that would rule out a vaginal delivery.
Two weeks ago, when I was about 17 weeks, my midwife couldn't find the heartbeat. She finally thought she found it under one of my hipbones (or something), but wanted me to have a quick ultrasound to make sure. I thought it was going to be quick. Apparently, it went through some OB that I had never heard of or talked to, and she ordered the tech to take as many measurements as possible. I thought that maybe they were just going ahead and doing the fetal scan, but at the end of the u/s, the tech told me I'd need to come back in three weeks for the full scan since the baby was too young and she didn't get a good enough look.
Yesterday, I followed up with my midwife, at 19weeks, and told her my concerns about doing another full fetal scan (especially since the first one, which was supposed to be just a quick peak at the heart rate/movement, turned into a 45 minute, apparently pointless, scan in which the tech measured things like the thighs and arms and stomach.) She said since the heart chambers were not visible then, but would be now, she'd just order a "complete the scan" ultrasound which would essentially only leave the heart to measure. She handed me all of the other measurements from the first report and told me to make the appointment within the week.
I tried making that appointment this morning, but apparently radiology was interested in neither my midwife's orders or my concerns. They told me, after a lot of transfers and being put on hold, that I either scheduled a full fetal scan, including all measurements, even the repeats, or nothing at all. I called the midwife's office, and after they called radiology, they said unfortunately they weren't going to budge on the issue. The nurse just recommended scheduling it and trying to convince the tech when I got there to listen to me.
I'm super annoyed, obviously. How can they have my best interest in mind if they would rather I have no ultrasound at all than try to work with me to at least make sure the important things are ok? I'm not scheduling an ultrasound with them at all now.
I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for me. I think they baby will probably be fine, but I'm wondering if I should try to get one somewhere else that will work with me. Knowing the heart and brain looked good would give me peace of mind. I called another hospital in my area so see what they thought. The woman I spoke to said if my midwife faxed an order to them that just specified what was to be looked at, they would be happy to help me.