i've read shephard's purse and bayberry bark make an excellent tea to stop excessive bleeding.
update on us ~ i had an OB appointment scheduled for this morning... but i really thought about it and it occurred to me, what would they do there? i'd walk all the way there, and then they'd take my weight, temperature, blood pressure, fundal height and check for the baby's heartbeat... tell me everything's fine and then send me home. (that's all i let them do :LOL)
4 of the 5 i can do myself, and i don't really worry about the fundal height ~ i'm still gaining weight and the baby is still soooo active, it's just not a concern for me anymore.
so then i thought, why go? he's only going to pressure me to start having the baby (he believes no woman should go to 40 weeks gestation because then the babies are "too big: it's like squeezing a huge table through a tiny doorframe, one or the other is going to break"
). this is one of his only drawbacks. and i'd just decline the tests + vaginal exams he does routinely, and then have to discuss with him why i feel it's completely unnecessary to intervene during labor + birth w/ a healthy mama + baby...
so i called and cancelled the appointment, and the receptionist asked when i'd be rescheduling. i said, "i don't know." she said, "sometime next week?" i said, "uhhh yeah, maybe."
i'm considering just calling and explaining why i don't feel like coming in, and that i believe that if my body can grow her, my body can birth her, and that i believe in myself and my ability to give birth, and that i believe that birth has become too medicalized in this country, and ultimately there's no way they're getting me into a hospital to deliver my child unless *i* feel there is something wrong enough to warrant it.......... but i don't want to deal with the hassle. also thinking about just not returning their calls at all now and then after i have the baby calling and letting them know i had a homebirth.