I recently switched midwives, to do a home birth. I'm in my 39th week (1st preg.) and am expecting the baby any day. The pregnancy has been without complication. I visited the midwife today. The senior midwife was attending a home birth, so I saw her assistant (a CPM herself). My checkup was fine. No protein in urine, no swollen joints, good fetal heartbeat, great blood pressure. But, apparently, my fundal height had decreased from 37 to 34. This set off bells and whistles for the midwife, who insisted that I get an ultrasound asap. The thing is, so long as my pregnancy is going well, avoiding ultrasounds has been at the top of my list. We currently don't know the baby's gender and have become impassioned about the idea of going natural and not looking at the baby on a computer screen before he/she is born. I looked online and found that many experts say it is normal for fundal height to decrease at the end of pregnancy, once the baby's head has dropped into the birth canal. Why didn't the midwife assistant come up with this explanation? She said she could feel the baby's head in the birth canal... and yet she worried about all kinds of risks (a breech birth, a uterine growth, too little amniotic fluid ...), and said we'd only know after an ultrasound. Have many of you heard about fundal height decreases when the baby drops? Maybe it's not common knowledge? I can't understand why a midwife who specializes on homebirths could be so gungho about sending me to get an ultrasound just as I'm ready to give birth, when my pregnancy has gone so well ... I've pretty much decided to refuse it. Your thoughts?
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10/9/08 at 11:40pm