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post #101 of 108
wow Carrie..thats a lot of weight loss in one day. i hope you are feeling better.

i just got back from my hypnobirthing class and MW appt (right after the class..the MW does the HB classes).

im a bit relieved b/c i have been considering whether having a doula attend my HB was financially feasible. w/ having to pay out of pocket now for the chiro every week (long story re: insurance issues...a**hats) and all the MW fees, plus the tub rental, i am just thinking that its about $500-700 i could shave off the cost of the homebirth. We are in the middle of major kitchen renovations, etc. etc. etc. PLUS my doula is pretty far away....so i am struggling with myself about whether to hire one or not....my MW told me she has an apprentice MW who come come NO CHARGE. I am so happy! As a SAHM at this point, i feel borderline guilty at the expense of the birth (just b/c the chiro is about to start at 2x a week and thats $100 a week out of our pockets, etc. etc. etc.).

believe me, i wouldnt skimp if it was the only alternative, but i love that my MW can bring an apprentice to act as a doula. its a perfect solution for me.

dp was a bit surpised that i was in the appt/class for 3.5 hours....but it was so nice to watch birth videos, talk to like minded ppl, etc. etc.

I am loving my MW and so grateful that she doesnt treat me like a dinosaur. I am super excited about the birth this time, which hasnt happened w/ any of the other births. my 2 c/'s were well....medical. my VBAC i was scared to death (b/c of all the fear everyone else projected on me). This birth, finally, i feel like im getting it right. and that feels awesome!
post #102 of 108
Sounds like it's all working out. I can really relate to your feelings about the birth and all that. I still haven't been to the chiro but I haven't had much discomfort either. I can't afford to go just for grins so I'm waiting until there's a pressing reason.

Carrie- make sure you really drink a lot of water today. Those fun potty episodes can leave you dehydrated really quickly. Feel better!
post #103 of 108
Passion- if I could have the apprentice mw come at no charge I would do that. I 'm actually going to ask my mw if she has anyone like that. I know her pretty well and I don't think she does but you never know.
post #104 of 108
Yeah, my MW has an apprentice/labor assistant, but that is costing us $650 out of pocket. We are trying to get some kind of funds together now, but it is hard since we are already in the hole quite a bit of money... Small price to pay for a wonderful birth though!
post #105 of 108
My midwives always bring an apprentice, so there are 3 of them there. They can do all the doula like stuff, but I'm hiring my back up doula to be there as well b/c they've all done births together before and really worked well as a 4 person team. It also frees my midwives up for medical stuff. Honestly, I see a lot of my labor being all 4 of them in some other room and just me and Dh together, but for when I need them I'll be glad they're all there.

Just got back from my 25 week appointment and I love my midwife! : My primary midwife is in Africa right now, so it was just her secondary and me b/c Dh also couldn't make it due to work. Still found stuff to chat about for 2 hours though (gotta love those midwifery appointments)! Measuring right on at 25 cm and heard the hb on the pinard horn even (my midwife didn't think baby was big enough for that yet). 138 bpm! We talked at length about my anemia stuff which is still ambiguous, but we've got a plan that we're both happy with and will draw blood again at my next appt to make sure the #s are up.

Happy weekend everyone!!
post #106 of 108
Its great that you and your MWs are so connected! And that your iron (or B12 was it) is getting better Amber_Lion
post #107 of 108
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Originally Posted by janasmama View Post
Passion- if I could have the apprentice mw come at no charge I would do that. I 'm actually going to ask my mw if she has anyone like that. I know her pretty well and I don't think she does but you never know.
yeh, i really never thought to ask. i was completely surprised. i visit my MW in her home and thus far have never met her partner or anyone else she works with. its so...homey!

i actually allowed my MW to prick my finger today to check my iron. i think she probably about fainted (b/c i dont like using any tests or anything! lol!).

i was just curious b/c i was borderline anemic w/ the last 3 kiddos so i fully expected it to be the same..and its NOT! i can only attribute it to the tea that ive been drinking.
post #108 of 108
My mw ended up calling me today so I asked her if she had anyone who was wanting to help assist her at births b/c I was entertaining the idea of having someone there to take pics.

The last birth I had with her I asked for her asst. to not be there so she probably thought I didn't want anyone this time.

She uses another LM mw for her asst. when she needs one but she has to pay her so she probably wouldn't use her at my birth b/c I don't feel that she would think she would need to....she might call her during if needed but it wouldn't be anything planned.

So anyways, she said she did have a lady who would love to attend some births and I told her I'd of course want to meet her. I just want someone to take some good pics of labor/birth/immediate pp. My DS was at my last birth and I think she was too caught up in the moment to know when to take pics so I really didn't get very many good shots.
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