I'm not showing yet, and I'm a little bummed. At 9 weeks I expected a little extra tummy, but I guess I'm glad my clothes still fit. I keep thinking, "Am I really pregnant? Maybe I'm just really lazy and pukey all of a sudden, for no reason." sigh.
|Quote: Sorry to butt into this thread (I'm due in December ), but I noticed, Panda, that you were in the midwest and going to Homefirst! I'm in Mundelein and plan on using Homefirst for this pregancy and birth, too! How did your consultation go? Which office did you go to? It would be nice to have someone local to chat with! Feel free to PM me if you don't want to post.
Bec, our consultation went great! We're both very excited about going to Homefirst. I'd been there for a consultation with Mayer Eisenstein last year, before we were pregnant. This time DH and I both went and met Dr. Penny Sheldon at the Chicago location. She was great - very professional, answered all of our questions and took lots of time with us. We had some concerns about whether it was wise to use them for our first birth, what would happen if we had to transfer, and to what extent choosing Homefirst would limit our options for care. She seemed very frank and I had the feeling she wasn't just telling us what she thought we wanted to hear.
We felt so good after the consultation that I asked her if we could just make it our first prenatal visit, so I had the exam and that all went fine, I felt very comfortable.
I still have to talk to their business manager and find out what our insurance is going to cover and how much everything is going to cost. Anything to do with health insurance intimidates me a little - it can get so complicated and expensive. But if that all checks out, we'll definately keep going there.
We ran into some old friends last night who we'd heard had recently had a homebirth. They went with Homefirst too, and had only great things to say, they were bubbling with enthusiasm. We didn't have much time to talk, but we're going to get together with them soon to talk more about it. Penny Sheldon is leaving the Chicago office in June, so we'll need to meet the other doctors, I hope we'll find someone else we like.
Sorry this is getting so long! I should maybe pm you, this might be terribly boring for everyone else. Ah well.
They rent birthing tubs there too! Penny Sheldon is totally into waterbirth. So I'm excited about that too, since I've read such good stories about that option. I have to find out how much that is.
Someone had suggested started a Nov./Dec. moms-to-be thread soon, so by all means keep on butting in!