The assistant gave the senior midwife a call, and she also confirmed I should get an ultrasound because of the fundal height drop. But it was a quick phone call, interrupting the middle of a labor, so I'm not sure how thorough the conversation was. At both midwife practices I've been to, testing, measuring and looking for abnormalities has always been the sole focus. There's been no time to discuss anything else, and I feel as if they're trying to align their care too closely with OBGYN practices. Safety is important. But at the end of my pregnancy, when everything's going great, I'd like to have a relaxed discussion ... maybe about exercises I could do to make sure the baby is in the right position... and positive feedback ... supporting my excitement about the homebirth, and assuring me that I'm strong and everything will go well. Instead, last week (week 38) they did a final round of blood and urine lab tests (just in case, although recent tests were all normal), and (just because I'm a vegetarian, and have been for 20 years ... I'm extremely conscious of balancing my diet) ... a spontaneous decision was made that I'm probably not be getting enough protein, and therefore not absorbing calcium (although I feel healthy and energetic ... and told them so). So I should take high dosage (200% of recommended daily dosage) calcium-magnesium supplements. I know that my protein and calcium intake is fine, and I've read that taking too much calcium can cause headaches, dehydration and constipation. I bought the supplements, took one dosage and got a stomach ache and extremely dehydrated. So now, this week, I'm suddenly being told that I need an ultrasound. And I will need it TODAY. Because it could be dangerous for me to go into labor without having this information. Only to find out that the fundal height, which is the only basis of this judgment, is an unscientific measure that's likely to drop at the end of pregnancy anyway. I've felt healthy, calm and self-assured about my pregnancy, but every time I go to a midwife's visit, I'm given an unnecessary reason to feel alarmed. Then I become anxious and have to go home to research the topic, only to find out that there's absolutely nothing to worry about. I really don't think prenatal care should work this way.