i saw my mw yesterday. she says i am 1/2 centimeter dialated and starting to efface...yippee! 1/2 a cent. sounds like a lot to me
but then i think, if i can only dialate this much more 19 more times ill be all set lol.
when i walk i feel like danny devito as penguin in Batman the Movie. feels like there is a round, little head right between my legs...mw said the baby has started to drop and she could feel his/her head through my cervix. i am getting very, very excited.
i feel kinda achy down there though, not painful, but achy. its a strange feeling, but i can only think that maybe it is the baby's head.
i must remind myself how blessed i am to live where i do. in maine we have a healthcare program that provides free health care for all pregnant women in the state. meaning everything, including the birth and all mw appt, are covered fully by the state. on top of that, i am realizing that the hospital that i going to is far ahead of their time than most. i asked my midwife a whole slew of questions yesterday and she told me...
...the lights in the LDR rooms (LDR rooms...ahhh what a relief to not have to be shuffled around huh?) are on a dimmer switch and are not harsh, florescent bulbs. she said she will not let the lights be on fully during birth...she has as few on as possible. yeah
...dh can sit behind me in a birthing tub they wheel into your room.
...she allows skin to skin contact, mama to baby, for a hour before they do any weighing, measuring, etc.
...she will wait till the cord stops pulsating to cut it.
i am feeling so much more at ease with my choice of hospitals. i feel very fortunate.
she also will waive any procedure i do not want done to the baby following birth. i am firm on the use of oral vitamin K, but since i am having a hospital birth i do want the eye ointment. i know the baby wont catch chlamydia (sp) or gonorhea (sp) from me, but its the nurses or god-forbide the mw, who worry me.
i dont know much about the hep B shot, but i am going to find out more now!!