I'm just so incredibly excited because I just made my appointment with a midwife!! If the rest of the practice is like the receptionist I'm heaven! She was so sweet! I of course fumbled like a new fool... "um, I'm pregnant, I need a midwife?" lol She was all congratulatory and put me right at ease.
Proud Single Mama, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Student, Aspiring CNM
DD ~ 1/7/09 DS ~ 9/22/10
I just came on board. I called my midwife this morning and already have my first prenatal scheduled for the 13th. I knew that I couldn't wait because if I did, she may fill up quickly and I'll have to go with a midwife that hasn't worked with me for my well woman and also pre-pregnancy.
Everyone in that office has been rooting for me since I got there so it's really nice to be able to say that I'm pregnant for real this time!!!
Kemi wife to Jeff mommy to Rohan 1/3/09 and Naren(transfer to hospital) 10/22/10. Pregnant with
****5****10****15****20****25****30****35***40 (Hospital BC w/CNMs due to GD)
My goal is to have a homebirth with a midwife. I'd like midwifery care for all my prenatal care, too. (I will probably "interview" my current OB/GYN and tour the hospital's birth center, just in case, but I don't anticipate needing them.) The only formal medical care I'm considering is a confirmation blood test and a 20 week ultrasound. We may ultimately skip the u/s, but I think I will want it just to put my mind at ease that everything is okay for a homebirth. (This is my first, so I might be a little anxious about it all... but if it all goes the way I hope, I'm totally going UC next time!)
Anyway - is the beta test really necessary? Can they look at the hCG levels from one test and decide if they're high enough for x-days-past-0, or would I have to have two for comparison? I don't have any problem getting one, I'm just wondering if it's going to give me any new information, or just confirm what I already know: !
And I get to see the little bean. I'm excited for my hubby to see it, this is his first child.
It will be mid June before I have my answer. Until then I am kind of under my RE's care.
My blood showed a HCG level was 600. Which puts my chart SPOT ON. I'm excited.
My appointment with the midwife isn't until the 20th. She does deliver at a hospital, but in a separate wing with a tub for laboring in and it's all natural unless an emergency happens. This was a compromise with DP who isn't so... used to this natural thing? His ex-wife was all about having every modern technology possible. And he figured I'd go the same way. HELL NO! So thankfully that got through to him.
Proud Single Mama, Birth & Postpartum Doula
Student, Aspiring CNM
DD ~ 1/7/09 DS ~ 9/22/10
Mommy to three girls DD 6, DD 3.5,DD 8/2011 & new babe 3/2013, 2 's 1/2008 and 8/2010
This was a compromise with DP who isn't so... used to this natural thing?
Aaaaanyway... I might get the blood test just to check my hCG levels, if they can tell enough from the single number to tell me I'm on track - I'll see if they can get me in with my actual OB/GYN so I can chat with him at that time as well.
Honestly, I wish HE did homebirths - he was so awesome when I told him I'd self-de-medicated off birth control pills and was using FAM instead. He was 100% supportive and said he wished more women would listen to their bodies like I had. I really like him, AND our hospital's birth wing is entirely a birth center - labor tubs, private suites, as many people can attend as desired, etc... So it probably wouldn't be the end of the world if I had to deliver there, but it's still not my goal. (I still need to find out their c-section rate, policy re: interventions, etc... but I figure it's at least worth looking into.)
So far I know of three midwives who serve my area - I guess I should start making a list of questions... And ick, I have to deal with the insurance company, which is NOT going to be my friend... Psh... I'll do all that later - I'm just going to sit here and have fun being pregnant for five minutes!
I was induced with ds becuase my water broke at 35w5d for no reason and I started to have mild preeclampsia. Luckily I managed to have a non-medicated birth except for the pitocin. I tried to go to a midwife with my last pregnancy, but was told they couldn't care for me even though they were hospital based. I am going in for an ultrasound on Monday the 12th, then first appointment on teh 14th. I'm going away for 5 weeks this summer, over the 9-14th weeks, so I have no idea if that's going to be an issue. I'll find out!
I will be delivering in the hospital as well. My dream was always to have a home birth, but after having a C-section with my first child, my dh and I are just too scared to stay at home for the entire birth. The good thing is my mom is a midwife and serves as my doula and checks me and we stay home as long as humanly possible.
I actually feel a little conflicted. I didn't like this practice (by website and talking to them) as another one. But the other one couldn't get me in until 6/3. Not a huge difference, but I'm going on vacation 5/24-6/1 and I kind of want to know if I can tell my vacation buddies about the pregnancy or whatever, you know? I guess I could switch later if I really don't like the looks of the first group.
But I have no idea what we'll do for prenatal care and delivery. I don't even know if we'll be living here. I thought we'd be moving (for DH's job) a year ago, but here we still are.
I've not completely made up my mind one way or another, but I have an app't with an OB/GYN in two weeks. When I talked to them on the phone the nurse insisted I must be two weeks ahead of where I thought I was in the pg (to have gotten the BFP when I did). Which could mean interventions (induction, etc.) if I'm right and they're wrong about the dates. And we live in a rural area where the medical care, especially obstetric care, could in NO WAY be considered progressive. So it's the midwife, with no U/S and no MD backup, only the ER if I risk out, or traditional medical all the way. <sigh>
I wish there were other options, and maybe there will be (if we move), but for now I just don't know.
Off to Google HCG to see what the level "should" be...wish I hadn't given away my copy of "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" but it just looked too complicated for me. LOL
However... when I made the appt, I fudged a little to the lady bc I wasn't sure if insurance would cover it ( we just got married and it didnt kick in until april18). I told her I think it might have started the second week of March..( it really started March 14). So she assumed that it was the 10th...making me 8 weeks on May 5. I knew that the baby was only 5 weeks yesterday...but didnt say anything, I wanted to see it, even though it was tiny. So we go in there, and DR says...the baby is still tiny. theres no way its 8 weeks. But he of course let us see it, heard the heartbeat! And I go in may 29th to see everything else.
It finally hit DH when he saw the bean, he now realizes that I'm lying about getting fat, that I really am pg. (kidding) He's too happy! Exciting for him, it's his first.
Mom to 5 amazing kids! (DS10, DS8, DD5, DD3 and DS1)
I went to my DR appt yesterday, I'm 5 weeks, and heard the heartbeat.
wow that is sooooo early. You Lucky Duck!!!
I have an appt. w/ my MW this Wed. For a fasting bloodraw & likely an examination & whatever else she feels like doing I guess. IDK
I also have a first appointment set up with a new OB for next Friday, but I'll probably cancel, especially if I like my midwife. The OB appt is kind of a crutch at the moment, since it is a little weird to not have one - everyone is supposed to have an OB, right? Haha.
SAHM to DS Jan09, DD Mar11.
Wife to a wonderful DH, Mom to 3 amazing girls and one special boy, IBCLC, supporter of moms.
Mama to Noah- 05, Eden - 07, Isabella -09 and Cade -11
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