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Hi Mamas!

How many of you are having a low tech pregnancy and birth? No ultrasounds, no doppler, etc.

We are going to hire the same midwife that we had for my DS's birth. She was excellent, very hands off, and very respectful of our decisions. This time I want her even more hands off...like not in the room for the birth at all. I want to UC, but I do not want to transfer to the hospital unnecessarily. I do not want to go to the hospital for something that can be done by a trained attendant at home. This seems like a nice compromise for us.
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I'm planning an unassisted pregnancy and birth so it will be VERY low tech

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ananas, I know you from your thread in ttc. Did you say you were coming back to the states tomorrow?
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ananas, I know you from your thread in ttc. Did you say you were coming back to the states tomorrow?
No, I'm just going back to the part of Mexico that I'm staying in (from another part of Mexico). I fly back to the states mid-January

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I hope your travels are uneventful tomorrow.
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Hi Mamas!

How many of you are having a low tech pregnancy and birth? No ultrasounds, no doppler, etc.
I'm having a pretty low tech birth. We'll use the doppler, but that's it. No u/s for me, no prenatal testing, none of that GD testing, no VEs.... gotta love being a repeat client of the midwives and being able to say "we're not doing that this time!" and not even having a discussion about it!

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Yeah, we are not doing any of the testing either. In the beginning of my last pregnancy we had a different midwife that tried every trick to get us to consent to tests. It was awful. My midwife, now, is great. She truly believes in informed consent...she actually tells you the validity and reliability of the tests.
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I want a very low tech prental care and birth. No doppler, no u/s, no tests. When I interviewed my mw about 8 mo ago, she was very ok with avoiding testing. When I see her in a couple weeks, I need to revisit those questions and how hands off she will let me be during the birth. My ideal would be for her to stay in the other room until I ask her to be there.

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I want to have a very low-tech, hands-off pregnancy and birth. I want to wait to use the fetascope as opposed to the doppler. However, if I am measuring way ahead, I will have one ultrasound to determine if it is twins again or not.

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DH and I were just discussing this yesterday. I told him I had set up my 1st appt. with only the local ob office that has MW(CNM's). And he said, oh , your not using Leslie again? I said yes I am just wanting to make sure that there is indeed a baby and a heartbeat via U/S before I tell the kids. Hmmmmm he said. Last time I saw both a CNM(in case of transfer) and a CPM(for HB of course). I don't desire to do that this time. But those of you that have older children, weren't you concerned to tell them in case......?
Anyway back to the discussion.... He said he wants to go completely low tech this time, unless there is other concern.....measuring larger, bleeding, etc. Gotta love him!!!! I am still torn as to what to do, apt. isn't until end of Jan. so I have time to decide. I also haven't met with my HB MW yet, so talking to her will help. I love the idea.....but don't want to feel worried about telling the kids. KWIM?

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I am hoping for a UC. And VERY few MW trips. I do want one US to see where the place nta is becasue the more babies one has had the more of a chance the placenta will be low lying. I have a page saved on how to rip through it if neccessary but I don't want to have to.

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i'm also planning a low tech birth. we're planning a UC with midwife shadow care (calling her only if we feel that we need her).
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We may use the doppler, just because I have a history of m/c and never bled (had a d&c 2 months after I lost the baby) and I'm a tad nervous this go-round. No plans for u/s or anything else though.

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