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I finally got to this project!  Does anyone know if/where we have posted photos of the completed birthing beads we've strung?  
It was a spiritual experience for me, for sure.  I got this notion that I could be mapping the birthing with the beads and it made me a little more aware of the order and significance.  (This thought did not come without a little concern!)  I added a few beads I had on hand (I have a ton, apparently) and somehow Buddha and the Virgin Mary made it in there. :namaste  Hoping these beads can help bring me peace or a reminder of a sense of security.  Nature is represented heavily as well and I have beads, or rather "pulls" with words of them included. 
I put it together in such a way that it can hang or be wrapped around in a circle since I don't know what I'll want.  
Here's hoping everything is securely fastened (which it should be).  
Thanks again, ladies, for participating in this.  I feel profoundly moved and inspired.  

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Just got back from my surprise baby shower my Mother in Law and good friend organized. WOW, was I ever surprised! I really had no idea! Dh and everyone were able to keep it a secret for a whole month. I don't think any of the kids knew, since most can't keep a secret.

It was perfect! Great music. Such great food and lemonade and beer. I love how casual it was, tons of kids, co-ed (although my father in law didn't come because he doesn't 'do showers', even though there were 10 guys there and it was more of a 'party', not a shower.

Everyone knew we didn't need anything, so I mostly got cash and gift certificates, a few blankets and a diaper bag (which I actually did need)

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Michelle, I posted mine in the labor beads sign up thread. But here's mine, right after I got them. :D


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I'm sort-of losing hope of having a natural birth at this point. Despite ALL my efforts my baby will just not turn. (Chiro, acupuncture, hypnosis, spinning babies exercises, pepperiment oil) and time and space are running out. I think my biggest chance now for him to turn will be during the external version at 37 weeks (less then 2 weeks away now). I've already done some research on a place I would prefer to have my c-section at as they do natural family centered c-sections (you can see baby being born, minimal incision, delayed cord clamping, and immediate skin-to-skin, and baby does not get whisked away).... versus my current practice that doesnt do any of that... so I plan to switch if the version fails. I also plan to wait until I go into labor to see if he turns during early labor.

 

It's causing me a ton of anxiety and stress... it's really been challenging for me to deal with. I Just keep trying to think of my sweet baby boy in my arms no matter how he gets here.

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Also due to all these appointments and work I'm putting into turning him I've completely neglected my hypnobabies work.. 


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I'm sort-of losing hope of having a natural birth at this point. Despite ALL my efforts my baby will just not turn. (Chiro, acupuncture, hypnosis, spinning babies exercises, pepperiment oil) and time and space are running out. I think my biggest chance now for him to turn will be during the external version at 37 weeks (less then 2 weeks away now). I've already done some research on a place I would prefer to have my c-section at as they do natural family centered c-sections (you can see baby being born, minimal incision, delayed cord clamping, and immediate skin-to-skin, and baby does not get whisked away).... versus my current practice that doesnt do any of that... so I plan to switch if the version fails. I also plan to wait until I go into labor to see if he turns during early labor.

 

It's causing me a ton of anxiety and stress... it's really been challenging for me to deal with. I Just keep trying to think of my sweet baby boy in my arms no matter how he gets here.

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Also due to all these appointments and work I'm putting into turning him I've completely neglected my hypnobabies work.. 

:Hug I hope he will turn, even if it's during labor. Perhaps, if you make yourself okay with a c-section, based on what will be practiced during the c-section, it will help you stress less? He might be stuck in that position while you're so tense and stressed. I would do a lot of meditation and breathing right now.

 

Also, my last one was consistently head up until about 35, almost 36 weeks. It did cause me undue stress, but as soon as he flipped, he stayed.


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:Hug Babies turn on their own during labor. Would you be willing to try and see if baby will turn during labor?

They can turn during labor although chances are slim. I am willing to wait until active labor just begins.... it will be something I'll have to talk to my new practice about as I don't want to risk missing out on the natural c-section by waiting too long. I'll probably go there during early labor and have them monitor it and we'll make the decision at that point when to go ahead with the c-section. Unfortunately this scenario means even BEST case he turns during early labor...I wont get to have the natural birth at the birth center I wanted...but at least I'll get a chance to have a natural vaginal birth.


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They can turn during labor although chances are slim. I am willing to wait until active labor just begins.... it will be something I'll have to talk to my new practice about as I don't want to risk missing out on the natural c-section by waiting too long. I'll probably go there during early labor and have them monitor it and we'll make the decision at that point when to go ahead with the c-section. Unfortunately this scenario means even BEST case he turns during early labor...I wont get to have the natural birth at the birth center I wanted...but at least I'll get a chance to have a natural vaginal birth.

Sorry. I edited my original comment because I saw that you were looking into waiting to go into labor to see if he would turn. lol


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I'm sort-of losing hope of having a natural birth at this point. Despite ALL my efforts my baby will just not turn. (Chiro, acupuncture, hypnosis, spinning babies exercises, pepperiment oil) and time and space are running out. I think my biggest chance now for him to turn will be during the external version at 37 weeks (less then 2 weeks away now). I've already done some research on a place I would prefer to have my c-section at as they do natural family centered c-sections (you can see baby being born, minimal incision, delayed cord clamping, and immediate skin-to-skin, and baby does not get whisked away).... versus my current practice that doesnt do any of that... so I plan to switch if the version fails. I also plan to wait until I go into labor to see if he turns during early labor.

 

It's causing me a ton of anxiety and stress... it's really been challenging for me to deal with. I Just keep trying to think of my sweet baby boy in my arms no matter how he gets here.

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Also due to all these appointments and work I'm putting into turning him I've completely neglected my hypnobabies work.. 

I tend to have flippy babies. My first turned after an external version. My second flipped after 1 treatment of acupuncture at 38 weeks ( i had previously been doing every exercise on spinning babies and nothing worked) This time I have been going for weekly acupuncture treatments since around 30 weeks, he is more or less head down but sometimes I feel he flips back to breech for a bit. Dont give up yet. Sounds like you are doing everything you can, especially chiro and acupuncture. Now just visualize him head down and tell him to stay there! good luck!


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I tend to have flippy babies. My first turned after an external version. My second flipped after 1 treatment of acupuncture at 38 weeks

I have flippy babies too. I think it's a bit of a myth that 'most' babies engage nicely early!

 

My 2nd was an ECV after my water broke/leaked, followed by an immediate induction to get her out before she flipped back, at 38.5wk. We did flip her many times between weeks 34 & 38 through spinning babies techniques, homeopathic pulsitilla, and were going to discuss our next options (moxibustion, accupressure/puncture, etc), at my appt that week -- she was born a few hours before that appt, so we never did move ahead with anything! She just always flipped back to a transverse or breech position after a few hours of appearing to be head down. The external version was not bad at all -- no pain, no discomfort, just long & slow. About 45 min I think, with the OB moving her bit by bit, and the MW running the U/S to confirm her position and check that the cord wasn't getting caught at all.

 

 

My first, was a 10 days early 'scheduled c-section' for transverse positioning (OB care, no docs at that hospital willing to attempt a breech delivery). The deal was we'd check position before the OR prep, and fortunately he had started to turn, only a little, but it was progress. We agreed that as soon as labour started on it's own, they'd confirm positioning and do the C-sec right away if he hadn't turned, or if he was still moving the correct direction, they'd wait it out. He didn't finish turning fully head down until the last 4 hours before he was born!

 

Current babies -- one is head down, and has been for 3 or 4 weeks now. My first baby that has ever stayed head down. The other ... he's all over the place, however we expect he'll turn once baby A is out of the way.


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I'm sort-of losing hope of having a natural birth at this point. Despite ALL my efforts my baby will just not turn. (Chiro, acupuncture, hypnosis, spinning babies exercises, pepperiment oil) and time and space are running out. I think my biggest chance now for him to turn will be during the external version at 37 weeks (less then 2 weeks away now). I've already done some research on a place I would prefer to have my c-section at as they do natural family centered c-sections (you can see baby being born, minimal incision, delayed cord clamping, and immediate skin-to-skin, and baby does not get whisked away).... versus my current practice that doesnt do any of that... so I plan to switch if the version fails. I also plan to wait until I go into labor to see if he turns during early labor.

It's causing me a ton of anxiety and stress... it's really been challenging for me to deal with. I Just keep trying to think of my sweet baby boy in my arms no matter how he gets here.
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Also due to all these appointments and work I'm putting into turning him I've completely neglected my hypnobabies work.. 




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I keep having panic moments about how quickly time is passing and how I have so much I need to do, but when I sit down to write a list, I can't come up with much, other than get birth supplies and a carseat. I think I'm just not mentally ready for baby to be here and the pregnancy to be over-- as excited as I am about meeting our new little one. This may be our last baby, so I'm trying to just be present and savor these next few weeks of having a little life rolling around inside me.

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My last baby did not turn until labour, he was transverse! I birth unassisted so breech I can do but not transverse! Why would you not be able to birth your little one breech?

I'm not doing a home birth and there aren't any docs around here that do breech vaginal births... and I'm not willing to switch to a home birth with my first with a higher risk (breech) delivery. 

 

On the plus side check out the natural family centered c-section they do at the place I will switch to if the ECV fails.

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34 weeks today, and it's hard to believe I could be meeting this baby in 3-6 weeks1 Right now I'm annoyed with my midwifery practices . . . I had to transfer to a new practice about 3 or 4 weeks ago because of insurance stuff, and I had requested my previous practice to send my medical records to the new practice. Well, they didn't do it before my first appointment at the new place, 2 weeks ago, and the new place had called and asked them again to send the records. I just called again today to check whether this had been done and it hadn't, so I'm going to have to call my old midwives tomorrow and bug them about it. I will be really frustrated if I have to have a second appointment with these new midwives without them having my records and being able to do a "real" transfer appointment. Plus calling them was really annoying because there are several locations and the one that should have gotten the records is really unhelpful. I think I'm going to avoid scheduling future appointments at that office, even though it is closer and more convenient.

 

I'm also having a hard time with feeling like my husbands parents aren't very happy about this baby being a girl. (background: at our 20-week ultrasound the tech had first thought baby was a boy, but then hadn't been able to tell for sure. So we were assuming it was probably a boy, but then went for an elective ultrasound to find out for sure, and it's definitely a girl! My husbands parents have 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson, and apparently they really want another boy because when we said it was a girl they just seemed disappointed to not have "their boy" anymore). This was several months ago so I thought I had mostly gotten over the whole thing, but then at church yesterday (we go to the same church) we were talking to some new people about the baby, and they basically said that it's a girl but they are still hoping for a boy. Well, it isn't a boy, and saying stuff like that just makes me feel sad and rejected and like they don't really want my baby. It's hard since I normally have a good relationship with my in-laws, and I actually wanted this baby to be a girl. I'd rather have this one be a girl, since I have a daughter already and I'd like to have them closer in age, and I'd rather have the next one be a boy.

 

Last week was super rough also, since my daughter and I both were sick with colds. So she was having a really hard time sleeping, plus having totally crazy frequent and intense tantrums, and I had no energy and couldn't breathe well most of the time. I'm hoping this week will be better, but it's already going to be really busy.

 

@Activia I hope you're able to get your baby to turn, and that this whole thing isn't too stressful for you! I always worry about having a breech baby, but so far that hasn't been an issue. I don't think I'd be comfortable attempting a breech vaginal delivery without a doctor or midwife who was comfortable with it, though. There's one OB around here who will do it in certain circumstances, but it's a shame it's so rare to find a provider who can handle it. Good luck!

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Hoping to add a little bit more happy to the thread. Had a prenatal appt today and seem to be measuring right on target. Heartbeat around 135, which is where it's always at when I check it on my doppler every now and again. Had a chat with my provider about my previous birth because he recalled another doctor saying he'd been a transfer after birth and I explained. He was quite intrigued that he'd had a brain bleed during birth, since I'd given birth twice before to babies of similar dimension with no problem. All is well. She does seem so. low though. I was chasing my 2 year old around the field while my oldest did flag football practice and all I felt was head and arms in my hips and pelvis. 1cm dilated(I check myself, that is one place the doc is not gonna touch)


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His brain bleed intrigues me as well!

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His brain bleed intrigues me as well!

He was born really fast. After my water broke, I shot from a 5 to him being born in about 10-12 minutes. I'd figured he banged his head on my pelvis or something on the descent because he had no moulding to his head at all when he was born. Not sure what else may have caused his brain bleed, unless it was BECAUSE his head didn't have time to form into a cone shape to accommodate him safely.


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Did your other babies have cone shaped heads? None of mine have, even after long labors. I think my pelvis is wide, and esp my third, seemed to always hang out low.
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My babies shoot right out, too--all in one push.

Did they do a scan to determine the bleed?

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My babies shoot right out, too--all in one push.

Did they do a scan to determine the bleed?

They did an ultrasound on his brain to find the bleed. It was small, but big enough to affect his breathing and temperature control.

 

My other babies did have little cone heads. Which is why I think the lack of his skull molding and his quick descent made him have a brain bleed, just from the pressure.


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After being away for a little while I had some catching up to do!

 

@Activia I'm hoping you're little guy figures out he wants to be head-down and stays that way. I can't imagine how stressful this must be for you right now, but it sounds like you've found some good alternatives as well. I hope that no matter what happens you'll be able to have a wonderful experience. My good friend ended up with c-section because of severe HELLP, and although she wanted a natural home birth, she felt respected and supported throughout her process, and in the end she was at peace with the way things turned out.

 

@ecnarwold I hope this week goes better for you. I can't believe your inlaws would say that!

 

@Becky Wheeler Glad things are going well this week. How are you feeling about the birth lately? Still have some anxiety?

 

As for me... I just got back from California after going to my grandpa's funeral. I managed to fly on the last possible day without a doctor's note, and I'm glad my flight was a short one. I had a few sedentary days while there since I didn't really feel comfortable walking around the neighborhood where we were, and it was about 40 degrees warmer there are well, and after a few days I had some serious kankles. They've gone back to normal now that I'm home though, so I'm relieved. And now I know that when it warms up in the upcoming weeks, I should expect some swelling. Other than that, things are good. I've started working on freezer meals and I'm nesting. Heartburn is a little problematic, but so far I'm getting by with papaya enzyms. My placenta had some calcium deposits on it last time, so I'm avoiding the Tums this time in case it was a contributing cause.


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@Activia I'm hoping you're little guy figures out he wants to be head-down and stays that way. I can't imagine how stressful this must be for you right now, but it sounds like you've found some good alternatives as well. I hope that no matter what happens you'll be able to have a wonderful experience. My good friend ended up with c-section because of severe HELLP, and although she wanted a natural home birth, she felt respected and supported throughout her process, and in the end she was at peace with the way things turned out.

 

@ecnarwold I hope this week goes better for you. I can't believe your inlaws would say that!

 

@Becky Wheeler Glad things are going well this week. How are you feeling about the birth lately? Still have some anxiety?

 

As for me... I just got back from California after going to my grandpa's funeral. I managed to fly on the last possible day without a doctor's note, and I'm glad my flight was a short one. I had a few sedentary days while there since I didn't really feel comfortable walking around the neighborhood where we were, and it was about 40 degrees warmer there are well, and after a few days I had some serious kankles. They've gone back to normal now that I'm home though, so I'm relieved. And now I know that when it warms up in the upcoming weeks, I should expect some swelling. Other than that, things are good. I've started working on freezer meals and I'm nesting. Heartburn is a little problematic, but so far I'm getting by with papaya enzyms. My placenta had some calcium deposits on it last time, so I'm avoiding the Tums this time in case it was a contributing cause.

Thank you! It's been emotional that's for sure!! I'm still working on getting in touch with the new practice but should be well on my way by the end of the week. My mother told me today that I was a breech baby turned manually by doc during labor (I was 6w early), and my brother who was a week late turned 2 days before she went into labor. So....apparently its hereditary.

 

As for your heartburn.. some other natural aids that have worked for my acid reflux. Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (1tbsp in water)... and what has worked the best 1tsp of baking soda in water.


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Hmm, I tried the apple cider vinegar last time, but I haven't tried baking soda. I'll give that a try.


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Hmm, I tried the apple cider vinegar last time, but I haven't tried baking soda. I'll give that a try.


same here...I'm willing to try anything, especially natural remedies.

 

I had a good appointment today...and found $10 blowing around in the wind in the parking lot on the way out.  woohoo.   The doc said taking the iron supplement would not have shown effects as quickly as I experienced...so I may have been fighting a virus or something else. 

 

My mom sent me a mother's day card that arrived in the mail today.  How sweet...my first mother's day card. :)

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For anyone else who starts singing this whenever they read the name for this thread.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jK-NcRmVcw


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For anyone else who starts singing this whenever they read the name for this thread.... htRtps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jK-NcRmVcw

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36.5 weeks! Everything for birth ready to go. Now just want to finish a mural on her bedroom wall. Finish painting kitchen cabinets and organize the garage and gear room. Then I wjll be totally ready! Midwife appt today said she is super low and has dropped from 37 to 35. I'm getting tons and tons of strong Braxton hicks and lots of discharge. My first was 10 days late though so I'm not getting too excited yet.
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After being away for a little while I had some catching up to do!

 

 

@Becky Wheeler Glad things are going well this week. How are you feeling about the birth lately? Still have some anxiety?

 

As for me... I just got back from California after going to my grandpa's funeral. I managed to fly on the last possible day without a doctor's note, and I'm glad my flight was a short one. I had a few sedentary days while there since I didn't really feel comfortable walking around the neighborhood where we were, and it was about 40 degrees warmer there are well, and after a few days I had some serious kankles. They've gone back to normal now that I'm home though, so I'm relieved. And now I know that when it warms up in the upcoming weeks, I should expect some swelling. Other than that, things are good. I've started working on freezer meals and I'm nesting. Heartburn is a little problematic, but so far I'm getting by with papaya enzyms. My placenta had some calcium deposits on it last time, so I'm avoiding the Tums this time in case it was a contributing cause.

I'm feeling a lot better. Especially after my last prenatal visit and holding my labor beads and reading the affirmations that came with them.

 

So sorry for your loss. Had to say goodbye to my Nana just after xmas this last year. :Hug 


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I'm definitely not one to get excited by car seats... generally speaking I think they're creepy plastic hunks of junk (although I suppose a necessary evil? lots of mixed feelings about them having grown up in a less strict time myself)... but a friend of ours implied that he was getting us the diono radian r100 (he specifically asked if we knew/cared what carseat we wanted, I explained why I liked the r100, and then a little bit later he said he got us a non-shower gift)... so..... squee!?

 

DP's mom is rallying some of that side of the family to chip in for some cloth diapers... we borrowed some newborn covers from my neighbor, so all we really need to be in the diaper biz is some prefolds... I'm feeling like things are coming together!

 

I think I walked about 4-5 miles today (2.5.. of that was to/from my naturopath's office). hopefully I won't feel too horrible when I wake up tomorrow... I keep having people tell me how healthy I look (usually around the same time they're telling me not to lift something or move quickly.... um, yeah, hi, that's why I look so healthy, 'cause I'm still moving and lifting etc... but definitely slowing down a little bit!)  

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I'm definitely not one to get excited by car seats... generally speaking I think they're creepy plastic hunks of junk (although I suppose a necessary evil? lots of mixed feelings about them having grown up in a less strict time myself)... but a friend of ours implied that he was getting us the diono radian r100 (he specifically asked if we knew/cared what carseat we wanted, I explained why I liked the r100, and then a little bit later he said he got us a non-shower gift)... so..... squee!?

It's always exciting to have friends that A: consider what you'd really like for a gift, and B: buy the expensive thing for you :) Even if the item itself doesn't thrill you.


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@Dandy Lion, lilmiss'mama-cracking me up:) Did you see Will Arnett do Gob on seasame street?
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