So, hopefully, it will be just me and my husband. What a tender moment that will be!
Mommy to Abigail 2/09 and Ollie 3/11
AHHHH! It's getting so close... I'm getting nervous!
That could be nine women! Wow!
My mom will be looking after Guinevere.
Should something happen and Mom not be able to look after Guinevere, then my husband will, and the doula will be the primary person for me.
Plus the hospital nurse...they assign one nurse per patient here so I should have the same nurse the whole time (a second would come in at shift change). I'm also looking into having a Doula but that is very much up in the air. My OB is a friend too which is comforting.
Sue, Mama to Fiona Aileen (2/1/09) and Maeve Penelope (10/7/11)
And then the other people--perinatologist, nurses, hematologist, NICU team, assistants, & anesthesiologist. Way too many people, but we have to have both my specialists and the baby's specialists on hand.
Midwife, husband, one of two doula friends who are going to "tag-team doula" for me (they both have kids etc. and may have to trade off) my mom will be there to help with my two daughters, who will also be there, and possibly my mother in law, and possibly my friend who is due a week later than I am with her first (she lives a block away).
Luckily we have a guest shack with heat, a bathroom and a TV so the grandmas and girls can escape out there and watch movies/sleep if I need some space, yet they will be close enough to summon for the big moment. My oldest daughter is 12 and seems to want to be more involved this time.
I have worried about it being too many people (although during past labors I didn't notice who was in the room one bit) I have still discussed with my husband and the others that I might want "space" and not to be offended.
I ran into a former professor who is teaching anthropology of reproduction next quarter and she jokingly asked if she could bring her class what a field trip!
However, in case of an emergency transfer, I'm not sure why, but I really want my mother there. Maybe because I know she's a veteran of natural birthing in a hospital and will help me keep my cool. It will probably be hard to tell her to pray that she isn't needed though!
Happy Wife since 12/31/05 ~ Blessed Mama to 2/8/09 and 6/11/11, with on the way due 2/24/14
and his baby brother (7/2011)
I have both an OB and a peri this time around. I don't think my peri will attend the birth unless needed. But her office is in the in the hospital so she can get there easily. I'm hoping to not need a ped in there this time. And get a lot less nurses! I am hoping to get an intern in there again. I found the drs explained things in much greater detail due to the intern being in there. I like to learn too!
I have a list of people who "could" be there if I needed/wanted them... which includes:
My friend A, who lives about 20 steps away from me (and her house is another option for our son if I don't want him there with me)
My friend E
The plan is to UC. I am not planning on being alone... I think it's very likely my partner and my son will be there at the very least, but I'm leaving all options open and we'll see how I feel at the time.
Mama to Toad (08/06), Frog (01/09)... and new baby Newt born on his due date, Sep. 8, 2010
military wife to Eric, mommy to Ani 11/06 and Emi 2/09 and our angels 12/10, and 2/12 and our newest addition Izzy 4/13