Hi everyone -
So, this is my first pregnancy and I chose a midwife (at a hospital birthing center) for my prenatal care, thinking it was as low-intervention as I could get (without doing a homebirth midwife - which I might try next time!)
I am a very healthy 25-year-old - in shape, active, and not sick in any way. This pregnancy, however, has been a litany of tests and ultrasounds. There was a spot on the baby's heart, so we had to get another ultrasound to check for Down syndrome. Then I had to get the quad-screen (which I initially refused twice) to rule out Downs. But, oh! I tested positive for neural tube defects, so another ultrasound. This ultrasound (yesterday) revealed no defects, but the baby has SLIGHTLY elevated levels of fluid in his brain ventricle - so, another ultrasound is scheduled for 36 weeks. (As well as a blood test and monitoring my blood pressure - all even though there is over 90% chance that my baby is absolutely healthy.)
I am not even worried at this point, just very annoyed that so much testing is being done and I don't feel like I have a choice. When I failed my glucose test and asked to do it again instead of the three-hour test (since I had no other risk factors of gestational diabetes and had a very carby-breakfast that morning), I was denied. I did the three-hour test and passed.
I'm torn. Should I talk to my midwife about wanting to stop all the testing? Or should I be super-cautious and go ahead with it? I'm just not sure.
Ashley - Happily married - 25 years old - in Ohio - vegetarian - mama to Gabriel Christopher, born September 1, 2010