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Had my second appointment today, but I never got around to telling you about my first, so I'll just combine the two. I got to hear the heartbeat today. It took her awhile to find it, but it was over to my right side. I kept laughing because the thing was tickling my belly, then my husband laughed, and that made me laugh uncontrollably. Anyway, the MW said the HB was about 160.

It's a Nurse Midwife group at Vanderbilt, so I won't always get to see the same midwife, but both the MW I met so far were great. I filled out a form in the very beginning that gave me the options to select "no circ", "breastfeeding", and "no meds". I am also able to refuse ALL prenatal testing, but I may do the Cystic Fibrosis thing just because it's a simple blood test. I'm definitely not doing any of the other testing.

This time I asked about different (not lying down) birthing positions and rooming in, which she said are definitely allowed - even squatting! When I asked about an IV, she said it's not required unless you have something that requires antibiotics. You can also refuse newborn tests, but she said we can go over the specifics later.

Anyway.... : I'm just excited that they are so open to a lot of crunchy things, given they are still associated with a hospital.

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Great! My hospital did require a heplock but I didn't need an IV - even for the attempted VBAC. However, I did have to argue with a nurse who said I needed an IV since she apparently wasn't aware that I had a choice! Did you ask if they had a squat bar or birthing ball available? Though my hospital has both, I found most nurses were clueless that they had them.
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Great! My hospital did require a heplock but I didn't need an IV - even for the attempted VBAC. However, I did have to argue with a nurse who said I needed an IV since she apparently wasn't aware that I had a choice! Did you ask if they had a squat bar or birthing ball available? Though my hospital has both, I found most nurses were clueless that they had them.
I didn't ask specifics as to other "tools" for birthing, but I will next time. I forgot to mention I asked her about doing a birth plan, and she said they help with those. She seemed very happy that I was so well-informed about everything, and said to keep up the research!

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Wow, sounds like you are off to a great start! Good for you for being so educated about things from the get-go!

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That is so exciting! I'm glad things are working out for you!! Doesn't it make you wish that it was March already!!

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Glad you got to hear the heartbeat! :
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Where in TN are located? I tried to call the Vandy Midwives & they never returned my call~ I may have to try again~ I am having a hard time wit h a provider this go around I am trying a OB in Jackson(1 hour away) plus I am looking into the Farm(I have to call insc co). Then I do have the Vandy midwives that I know are on my insc but I am worried about the drive- 1.5 hours. I would be able to stay at the Farm waiting to go into labor? Too many decisions?

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Wow, sounds like you are off to a great start! Good for you for being so educated about things from the get-go!
Thanks! Well, that's what MDC will "do" to you, right?

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That is so exciting! I'm glad things are working out for you!! Doesn't it make you wish that it was March already!!
Almost, yeah! I mean, I am still looking forward to the rest of the pregnancy as far as feeling movements, getting bigger, finding out the sex, etc. I am DAMN sick of morning sickness, though. Even so, I can't wait to see my baby & hold her/him.

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Glad you got to hear the heartbeat! :
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Where in TN are located? I tried to call the Vandy Midwives & they never returned my call~ I may have to try again~ I am having a hard time wit h a provider this go around I am trying a OB in Jackson(1 hour away) plus I am looking into the Farm(I have to call insc co). Then I do have the Vandy midwives that I know are on my insc but I am worried about the drive- 1.5 hours. I would be able to stay at the Farm waiting to go into labor? Too many decisions?

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I am in Murfreesboro, so I'm driving about 40 min to 1 hour with all the traffic even though it's only 35 miles to the clinic. Did you actually try calling one of the clinics where they do their practice? You can see them either at Vine Hill or West End. I got in touch with them pretty quickly, but it took two weeks to get my first appointment in.

I would consider the farm, but I think they are like 2 hours from me, and as you said, I'm not sure if my insurance would cover them.

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