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post #81 of 393
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Originally Posted by Lousli View Post
Actually, it depends on the skill of the technician and the equipment used. Sometimes with high-risk situations, they have the more skilled people performing the ultrasound. They estimated my daughter's weight during a biophysical profile on the day she ended up being born. They said 4 pounds, but it could be off by as much as 12 oz. either direction. She was 4 pounds 1 ounce at birth.
When I had PROM they did an ultrasound as well, they estimated at 2lbs. 4 oz. I delivere later that day and she was 2lbs. 2oz.
post #82 of 393
wow, almost 3,000 views. who's watching?
post #83 of 393
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Originally Posted by salt_phoenix View Post

Now to hear the docs here tell it, if I make it to 34 weeks, they think they are going to induce me and put my baby in NICU....

what`s their reasoning, as this sounds completely crazy

don`t let them get to you! you are doing great!
post #84 of 393
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Originally Posted by Kidzaplenty View Post
Right, and I thought Drs were supose to be so smart and well educated and do no harm.

I can not possiblly see the reasoning for INDUCING a preterm baby, that has shown no signs of distress, mom is doing fine, just to put baby in the NICU. Other than they want to do their "doctor" thing to the baby and they can't when the baby is not out.

And my Mom wonders why I don't trust doctors.


I am glad you are doing well, though. And pray that you will hold off and will be able to have that home birth after all.
The reason they induce in that situation at 34 weeks is that the risk of cord compression and/or infection is higher than the risk of the baby being born with any significant problems, especially if there are steroid shots given to mature the baby's lungs. It is about liability and about what they feel the biggest risks are at that point to the baby's health. They do get sued when things go wrong and people are looking for someone to blame. So in this instance, if they didn't induce and a cord accident or infection occurred, a patient could sue their butt off, because it is standard practice to induce at 34 weeks with PROM.

It isn't neccesarily something I agree with, but it isn't just so they can do things to the baby once it is born. The OB wouldn't be the person to do anything to the baby anyway, that would be the neonatologist.
post #85 of 393
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Originally Posted by majazama View Post
wow, almost 3,000 views. who's watching?
Doctors taking note. :

Ahhh, probably not. But, I hope that readers as well as viewers offer positive thought & support to salt phoenix and her little babe.

We surround you with healing & compassion, salt.
post #86 of 393
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Originally Posted by Lousli View Post
The reason they induce in that situation at 34 weeks is that the risk of cord compression and/or infection is higher than the risk of the baby being born with any significant problems, especially if there are steroid shots given to mature the baby's lungs. It is about liability and about what they feel the biggest risks are at that point to the baby's health. They do get sued when things go wrong and people are looking for someone to blame. So in this instance, if they didn't induce and a cord accident or infection occurred, a patient could sue their butt off, because it is standard practice to induce at 34 weeks with PROM.

It isn't neccesarily something I agree with, but it isn't just so they can do things to the baby once it is born. The OB wouldn't be the person to do anything to the baby anyway, that would be the neonatologist.
cord compression? how? as its born or in the womb?
post #87 of 393
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Yes, I think the docs get sued over the procedures they DONT DO, not the ones they do.

I just feel like my baby knew I needed to STOP and REST. She did what she could do to from where she is to make that happen... She feels happy, healthy and cozy and patient. I hope she wants to go home to be born, but I'm leaving it up to her and my body... not the doctors, for sure!!!

I had 7.5cm of amniotic fluid as of yesterday (anything over 5cm and I'm thrilled). Her head is still down, and I am losing very little fluid still. I really feel good about where I am today, and that is all I ask.

I hate the Fetal Non-stress tests that I am getting daily, not so much that they are all that evasive, but what a pain to put me and her under that kind of pressure to "preform for the machine". She feels great, I feel fine, and that is good enough for me. lol. Today when I get one, I'm taking the ipod... I'm going to listen to EVERYTHING but the machine.

The nursing and aide staff have been awesome. It really does blow me away at the differences in care though. Some people were MADE for this kind of work, others should really be in some other kind of work.

I got my IV line out today, and that made me happy. Makes me feel like less of a "emergency waiting to happen" now I feel like I am "just resting" and waiting.

Thanks to ALL you mamas for ALL your words, thoughts, experiences and ideas. I wasn't a huge poster before this, and here I am giving you all a play by play... This has really made this much easier on us though, and I am grateful to have found this site when I did. I read Mothering for years and years (my oldest is 19) and have been kind of out of touch for many years from the broader crunchy online community... I'm glad I found you all this time.

I had the opportunity to order some adorable little preemie outfits the last few days, in anticipation of a tiny baby... I have boxes and boxes of little girl clothes up to 2yrs. old, from BOTH my girls and even some of my OWN BABY CLOTHES that my mom was too sentimental to get rid of OVER 40 years ago! But I have NOTHING that will fit a baby under 8 lbs.
This little teacher baby is special indeed... she will wear not only her OWN special things I've ordered for her little self, but over 40 years of love and history will be wrapped around her tiny little body!
post #88 of 393
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Originally Posted by majazama View Post
cord compression? how? as its born or in the womb?
In the womb.
post #89 of 393
I'm glad things are going so well for you. I really hope you don't ever need those preemie outfits, in all honesty.

While a preemie from 32-36 weeks is likely to do really well long term, the NICU is a really tough thing to go through, even if it is just a short period of time.
post #90 of 393
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Originally Posted by majazama View Post
wow, almost 3,000 views. who's watching?
Well, I think it counts each time it's viewed. So, it's not 3,000 people viewing, kwim?

OP, I'm really glad to read that things are going well and I'm *very* impressed with the way you're handling everything. I just wanted to tell you that I had issues with preterm labor with all my babies and had to do bedrest. I too felt comfortable staying at home once I was safely past 35 weeks (although I layed down longer than that to be careful) and I was still able to have happy, healthy homebirths between 36.5 - 37.5 weeks.

Feel free to PM if you'd like some support/comisseration from a fellow (ex) bed rester. Hang in there!
post #91 of 393
My water broke at 34 weeks, and I didn't realize it - walked around for 5 days before going to the doctor (just thought I was losing bladder control). I was dilated to 4 cm (later discovered I had incompetent cervix). They did induce me out of fear of infection. So, my dd was born at 34 1/2 weeks weighing 7 pounds even. No lung issues - never on a respirator. She was in the NICU for observation b/c she was a preemie and treatment for jaundice (our only complication), but she was also in my room quite a bit. She went home with us after two days. Just wanted to share that in case you are induced at 34 weeks. Even if your DD has to go to the NICU for a few days, that doesn't necessarily mean you can't take her home with you!
: for you and your babe, Mama!
post #92 of 393
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Originally Posted by majazama View Post
cord compression? how? as its born or in the womb?
In the womb. It happened to me with my dd2 at 24w6d after I pPROMed at 24w3d. It's not likely to happen if you have a bit of fluid left but if the fluid gets low enough it can happen quite easily and then you have to get that baby out of there STAT.
post #93 of 393
Just thinking about you Julie! I hope all is well and not too boring!
You are such a strong momma!
post #94 of 393
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Thanks to ALL you mamas for ALL your words, thoughts, experiences and ideas. I wasn't a huge poster before this, and here I am giving you all a play by play... This has really made this much easier on us though, and I am grateful to have found this site when I did. I read Mothering for years and years (my oldest is 19) and have been kind of out of touch for many years from the broader crunchy online community... I'm glad I found you all this time.
We're happy you're here, too : We're all cheering for you and your little one (stay in, stay in )
post #95 of 393
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My (at least) once daily check in!!!

Still hanging in there!!! The docs look puzzled that I "am fine" and have absolutely no complaints. Surely they have seen this?

I feel great, eating soooo well, TONZ of protein and fruit & veggies, resting myself beyond belief and sucking down the liquids (water, RRLT, juice, milk) and pro-biotics and vitamin c.
I'm still not sleeping so well, but that hasn't changed much from pre-hospitalization, i get up so much to pee...lol. I'm just glad I have time during the day to nap.
Still getting vitals every 4 hrs.
The NST today was good.

I find myself getting a little antsy for movement... I keep finding myself wanting to DANCE of all things!!! The silly little stretches that I have been shown that I can do while lying in bed, leave much to be desired, so I put on my ipod, and close my eyes and visualize myself dancing... if not in reality, then spirit. It's better than nothing. lol.

Took a tour of the NICU last night. I have complete faith in the care my baby will get if she ends up there, but it's still hard to see all those tiny babies without their mamas... I wanted to pick them all up and just hold them close, ya know? So tiny, but what hard working little ones! Precious, each one. Hopefully if we do end up with her there, it will be a short stay... I don't think she wants to sit over there any more than I want her to, given that she has made no efforts to come out, thankfully, but I'm glad I have them available to us... JUST IN CASE!
post #96 of 393
Glad to hear all is well and to know that you're in safe hands if baby does come early. I know it's hard to see tiny babies in the nicu especially without mamas holding them, but remember ALOT of those baby's are still so immature that it's too stimulating to be held yet. I know that was the hardest for me with having a nicu baby. Knowing that unless I could devote 2 or more hours at a time of laying down doing kangaroo care that it really was better to just leave her in her bed. It's heartbreaking and hopefully you won't have to go that route. Take care and keep us posted. LOL at dancing. Keep on visualizing mama!
post #97 of 393
Oh, I have sopme magazines I could send to you as well if you want to PM me your home addy (have hubby bring them) or the hospiotal addy. I know i got rather board on bedrest!
post #98 of 393
Hoping everything is ok!
post #99 of 393
Thinking of you and your little girl hun!
post #100 of 393
Thread Starter 


Still hanging in there!

My belly feels so much bigger today, it's like all this food is going straight to leh bebeh

Let's hope!

Coloring, tv watching, music listening, internet surfing, napping... EATING :
That's pretty much my day... exciting huh? hahaha

dh went home tonight (we live over 1 hr. away) to feed the kitties and hopefully receive some packages of preemie clothes we ordered this week. I can't WAIT to see them... I really hope I get to SEND THEM BACK!!!
He will return tomorrow with my 10 yr. old. The plan is, she's bringing some craft kits she got for the holidays to hang out with me and do them. I'm looking forward to that time with her. We homeschool, so we hang out together every single day, all day... I've missed her company through this, to be sure.

I had some crazy dreams today while I napped. They were filled with vivid imagery of birthing. No fear, very intense, a tiny beautiful baby... I also dreamt we added a sunroom to our tiny house... that's one I'd love to see come true.

I'm missing fresh air. I'd love to go outside for a walk.

All in all... another day down, baby gains another ounce.
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