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#1 of 6 Old 07-13-2011, 05:57 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Quite frankly I find myself irritated by all of this now.  I had posted a question on another forum and within it I had mentioned no prenatal care/self prenatal care and the intention of a UC.  Due to this post everyone is flaming my thread, saying that I am neglectful, ignorant, uneducated; there are even posts saying "screw you".  I haven't told certain people my intentions due to this and I sort of expected some harsh responses but I am floored by what drive people to be so callous, rude and judgmental. It is my own, well researched and thought out decision; my child and I are healthy.  Why should I be bound to diabetes testing, blood testing, urine testing, pressuring, poking and prodding if I do not want to be? Better yet why is society so reliant on medical professionals and to the extent that it is viewed as required? I feel like I am missing what the big deal is.

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It's a big deal to some people.  I just accept that they think completely differently and believe completely differently from me.  I don't care why people disagree with me when I am clear with myself and my decisions.  If I were having a UC I wouldn't tell people.  It's just an invitation to judge and I am not interested in hearing what they think.


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anonymity tends to create situations where people behave more extremely than they would face to face, or even behind someone's back to another person. it's truly amazing. 

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It's a big deal to some people.  I just accept that they think completely differently and believe completely differently from me.  I don't care why people disagree with me when I am clear with myself and my decisions.  If I were having a UC I wouldn't tell people.  It's just an invitation to judge and I am not interested in hearing what they think.



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 Better yet why is society so reliant on medical professionals and to the extent that it is viewed as required? I feel like I am missing what the big deal is.



I hear you. I just parted ways from my MD (I'm 37 weeks) and intend to continue my own blood pressure checks, weight checks, etc. I don't feel the need to pay $45/visit for the next few weeks to do something I am completely able to do on my own. But I have already heard from one person who is greviously "worried" about me. It doesn't make logical sense, but I do think zoebird is correct to say that part of the sitch on the internet is the facelessness. We can all say whatever we want and never have to look each other in the eyes---it's a kind of freedom that allows some people to bathe in rudeness.  

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I hear you. I just parted ways from my MD (I'm 37 weeks) and intend to continue my own blood pressure checks, weight checks, etc. I don't feel the need to pay $45/visit for the next few weeks to do something I am completely able to do on my own. But I have already heard from one person who is greviously "worried" about me.


I was just thinking about this today. I just had my weekly prenatal appt and every time I think the same thing: the measurements are for them, not me. We take our own blood pressure, weigh ourselves, and dip our own urine here anyway. The only thing the midwife does is measure my fundus (which I increasingly find to be incredibly irrelevant for a number of reasons), palpate to see which position the baby is in (I could tell her that myself - it's not hard for me to tell even with an anterior placenta) and listen to the heartbeat (unnecessary - I can feel the baby moving normally all the time). Thank goodness prenatal care is free here or I would be getting pretty resentful. Yet yes, if I decided not to get prenatal care, everyone would be so worried and consider me foolish.

 

I wish it were possible to have a sort of "pick and choose" care. I could totally go for an appt every 4 weeks or so, and I like getting one ultrasound and hemoglobin checks. But everything else I can monitor myself - there's really nothing special or magical about what my care providers have done for me this pregnancy (they don't even do the GTT without risk factors or GBS test at all here). Half the time I feel like I'm going in to reassure *them*, though I get that with most of their patients it is usually the other way around. It's important to have *access* to care providers in the event of a problem, but when did that need translate to second parties having to chart every little detail for themselves? I can understand it if the woman doesn't want to keep track of it herself, but if she does, why should the medical professional be trusted over her? I am talking basic things here, nothing complicated or requiring much medical knowledge.

 

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