Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: north of Denver, CO
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Thanks, ladies, for your feedback.
Most of the women in my family, myself included, have a sharp pain in our ovaries for an hour or two on the side that we ovulate from. In the years past, I've correlated it with temp/mucus, and they always coincide. This year, I was just going by the pain, but it's pretty distinctive. Also, I'm regular as clockwork to within a few hours on Day 10 of my cycle.
Of course, I think that if a woman if familiar with her body the doctor ought to take that into consideration. Last pregnancy they totally disregarded everything about ovulation and went entirely by LMP. It was really frustrating, but because "their" date was later than "my" date and most of the pregnancies in my family run 1-3 weeks late, I just let them keep their date. FYI - the 20 week ultrasound for DS nailed "my" date to the day!
Soso-lynn - you have touched on the source of my frustration. This hospital and this practice are "the only ones anywhere near here" to do VBACs according to the local ICAN chapter. They are supposed to have a meeting tomorrow that I'm going to - I'll get more info. I've researched hospitals, midwives, birth centers, etc. This hospital is the only one, the one and only birth center doesn't allow VBACs. There are a bunch of homebirth midwives. DH gets tearful and practically hysterical when I broach the subject of a homebirth - DS "would have DIED if you were at home!". I don't think so - but this is an incredibly emotional subject. Also, I live in the middle of the plains, and the closest hospital is 25 minutes away with a major VBAC ban. (I know - I work there!)
The midwives tell me that at 41 weeks they start pushing inductions, and at 42 weeks I will be scheduled for a repeat C-section. They are not allowed to attend births beyond 42 weeks.
I'm just so frustrated! With a due date of May 5th, my midwives will walk out on me on May 5th plus 2 weeks. I'll be left with the OB practice. They may be the only ones that allow VBACs, but they're still very defensive-medicine oriented. I work in the medical field and have enough research to back me up and stubbornness to stick with it usually, but it's really tiring bucking the system. And, being in labor is no time for me to be fighting.
A positive: My doula is an apprentice homebirth midwife. I had her last time, and she is great.
MsBlack - I like your wait & see approach, and I hope we can do that.
mwherbs - I was thinking that US would have a large margin of error - thanks for the numbers.
Ideally, I'd like to watch the growth carefully, keep the June 5th date, and be open to having the baby in May.
: DS - June '07 : DS2 - May '09 : (may be delayed a really long time!)