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06-09-2014 06:39 AM
Sihaya Bumping for due date list
05-14-2014 06:55 PM
tiffyhc

I thought I did this already. Oh well, better late than never :)

 

Name you want to be called: Tiff, Tiffany, whatever
Area of location you live: Upstate South Carolina
How many children you have already, if any: 1 boy (just turned 3 this month)
Estimated expectancy date: June 14th
Hobbies: Art and cooking
Anything else you like to share: I'm expecting another boy. My first was born in AZ and I was woefully unprepared for the experience. I wanted a natural birth with no pain killers, but ended up with an epidural. He came pretty fast and furious though. This time I've been preparing with hypnobabies and even though I'm planning another hospital birth, I did a lot more research before choosing my doctor and hospital. I think I'm set up to have the birth I really want this time. Yay :).

05-13-2014 09:19 PM
short mom Short Mom # 4. End of June
04-15-2014 07:19 PM
amotherofpearls

I'll go by MoP! I am due with baby girl #4 June 24th, and live in Columbia, Missouri.  I am a nurse, very passionate about natural birthing and am planning a home birth (my first, had birth center births with my others).  I enjoy reading, cooking/baking and crafty stuff. :)

04-14-2014 01:46 PM
synepona

Welcome Sam! What part of AB are you in? We're pondering a relocation from ON to AB :)

04-14-2014 09:29 AM
Samunkey

Name you want to be called: Sam
Area of location you live: Alberta, Canada
How many children you have already, if any: 2 girls, 8 and 5, and 2 bonus girls, 18 and 16
Estimated expectancy date: June 18th 2014
Hobbies: Reading, movies, baking, cooking, occasional knitting and crochet (but I'm not so good at it haha)
 

04-01-2014 11:40 AM
Weatherfield

Name you want to be called: Erin

Area of location you live: Texas (unfortunately not the good part)
 

How many children you have already, if any: None, this is my first.

Estimated expectancy date: 6/23
 

Hobbies: Reading & writing (although both of these are related to my work, so I guess they aren't really hobbies); cooking, hanging out with my best friend/husband.  I watch too much TV.
 

Anything else you like to share:  I've been working full time throughout my pregnancy (I teach), but will fortunately have the summer off when my baby is expected.  I'll go back to work at the end of August when she's about 6 weeks old.  This is my first child and I'm extremely excited.

03-24-2014 01:37 PM
RorysMum Welcome Kim! Congrats on the little one on the way!
03-19-2014 05:35 AM
Pumpkin_Pie Name you want to be called: Kim
Area of location you live: Vermont
How many children you have already, if any: 1 nearly 7 year old boy and 5 angels.
Estimated expectancy date: 6/19, but I am thinking this one might be a tad earlier.
Hobbies: knitting, crafting, sewing
Anything else you like to share: I am so excited about this little one. We TTC for over a year and a half and had three losses very close together with the last one at 11 and 1/2 weeks last March on my birthday. We ended up giving up after that and suddenly here is our surprise rainbow babe! This little one is to wanted and loved already, but it is hard to set aside my terror of losing him/her.

After a very bad experience in the hospital with my first, we are planning a homebirth for this one. My son is so excited to take part and to be a big brother. I am very much looking forward to the labor and birth experience being very different than last time.
03-18-2014 07:59 PM
jstorm

Name you want to be called: Jenny
Area of location you live: Tacoma, WA
How many children you have already, if any: This will be our first child a little girl.
Estimated expectancy date: 6/16/14
Hobbies: I am a photographer, homeowner and love a good drink (when I am not pregnant)
Anything else you like to share: I am looking for a group for after I give birth where I can meet and playgroup since this will probably be our only child and she will be the only grandchild. No cousins. :(

03-09-2014 05:39 PM
EarthyLady

Updated to here!

03-01-2014 02:02 PM
RorysMum

Looks like we are in the pink boat...but not as sure as I would like us to be lol!

03-01-2014 01:57 PM
RorysMum

I know, right?! I am sincerely hoping for another! I wish everyone could experienced a relaxed birth...it is so healing of everything to go through it in such a positive way. 

02-28-2014 02:24 PM
berrypavlova
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Hello ladies,

 

Name: Natalie

Location: Strathmore, Alberta (just outside of Calgary)

Kids: 3 Kiddos and one on the way (9 yr old, 7 yr old, 22 month old....and 5 months "cooked" in the oven)

Due Date: June 29th 

 

Hobbies...oh dear, um...sewing, crafting, leather work, knitting, cooking, canning, hiking, soap making, gardening...

 

I've had two induced hospital births, and one home home birth (my 22 month old was born at home) in a record (for me) two hours...hoping for another quick and easy birth this time around!

 

All midwives in Calgary are fully booked, and wouldn't take me on as I live in a small town just outside the city. I found a doc in Calgary (30 minutes outside of my town), but because of my last "precipitous" labour, she has informed me not to bother driving to the hospital, but just to call the ambulance. I am little perturbed at our situation as I was and am still hoping for another stress free, relaxed, and mainly pain free labour and would have loved to be a home for it.

Another Natalie! :) Welcome. I have to say I'd love one of those two hour labors that aren't too intense....sign me up please! :) 

02-28-2014 02:22 PM
berrypavlova

On the topic of twins, random thought, but I met a mom at Gymboree once who had twin boys that were only 2 weeks old. She said she'd had a homebirth, never did an untrasound, and never measured ahead so they didn't know they were having twins until the first one was born and they realized there was one more in there! Can you imagine! Pretty incredible that through all the checks they couldn't feel another baby, hear another heartbeat, and that she didn't measure ahead or gain any more than "normal". 

02-28-2014 01:33 PM
synepona
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THat is crazy that they would schedule a csection at 38.5 weeks just because the baby has not yet flipped! Baby's can flip DURING labor.. I would refuse a scheduled c-section for that reason...up until I was almost in transition actually..

 

I would not feel comfortable with that many ultrasounds either! Gah!  I haven't done any twin research though to make an informed decision in terms of that... good luck to you! It will be wonderful once they arrive tho twins are quite special.

 

Until you've been 10 days away from your due date with a transverse baby, it's pretty hard to determine 'crazy' :) Babies *can* flip during labour, but if they don't, and stay transverse, it can be hours of labour hoping they turn, followed by an emergency C-section, with whichever doc was on call that day. Scheduling the C-sec, with the stipulation that we'd confirm positioning immediately before hand, allowed for me to at least have my own doctor available to do the surgery.  DS would flip to head down following any natural options for birth positioning (inversions, homeopathics, heat, ice, light etc), remain there for an hour or so, and flip back to transverse - there wasn't a doctor available in our area at the time either qualified or experienced to do an external version. DD was just flippy all over the place constantly. By 38 weeks, I pretty much just end up feeling like I've been beat up from the inside with average size babes doing flips and such, instead of just engaging in an optimal birth position.

The frequent  U/S for twins can be important as one can grow at a different rate than the other, 'taking' resources, and leave them both in a very dangerous place. However, since mine are not sharing a placenta, we're not having to have U/S every 2nd week from 20wks onward, increasing to weekly towards the end.

02-28-2014 11:10 AM
activia
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There are layers upon layers of policy, protocol & comfort levels ... so while I have midwifery care, there is an OB out-ranking them 'sharing' my care. And I can deliver naturally provided twin A's head is down, and I must deliver in the OR since they want quick, ready, access to C-sec if baby B has issues. It's just gotten much more medical -- U/S every 3 weeks or so, appt every 4 weeks w/ MW, every 4 weeks w/ OB (I'm expecting that soon ramps up to every other week w/ both), and if baby A is not head down, it's a c-section no matter what. DS was a scheduled C-sec at 38.5wks, that was avoided as he started to turn from transverse that morning so they sent me home, and DD was an external version at 38.5wks followed by an induction before she could revert to breech or transverse. So far, with twins, they are flippy, but don't linger in a transverse position for long, only A ever goes that way and doesn't stay there.

THat is crazy that they would schedule a csection at 38.5 weeks just because the baby has not yet flipped! Baby's can flip DURING labor.. I would refuse a scheduled c-section for that reason...up until I was almost in transition actually..

 

I would not feel comfortable with that many ultrasounds either! Gah!  I haven't done any twin research though to make an informed decision in terms of that... good luck to you! It will be wonderful once they arrive tho twins are quite special.

02-28-2014 11:03 AM
synepona
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I'm sorry to hear thinks are turning out different that hoped! BUT, wow twins! I'm always interested that most places don't deliver twins naturally. 


There are layers upon layers of policy, protocol & comfort levels ... so while I have midwifery care, there is an OB out-ranking them 'sharing' my care. And I can deliver naturally provided twin A's head is down, and I must deliver in the OR since they want quick, ready, access to C-sec if baby B has issues. It's just gotten much more medical -- U/S every 3 weeks or so, appt every 4 weeks w/ MW, every 4 weeks w/ OB (I'm expecting that soon ramps up to every other week w/ both), and if baby A is not head down, it's a c-section no matter what. DS was a scheduled C-sec at 38.5wks, that was avoided as he started to turn from transverse that morning so they sent me home, and DD was an external version at 38.5wks followed by an induction before she could revert to breech or transverse. So far, with twins, they are flippy, but don't linger in a transverse position for long, only A ever goes that way and doesn't stay there.

02-28-2014 10:34 AM
aylamck

@RorysMum So awesome to hear that. If I have a third, I may be confident enough by my second, but I have to get through my first birth this june first, I would like to try an unassisted birth. But I totally understand the wanting someone there just to make sure. It is nice to have that safety net. Ya finding a Doula that would be comfortable with not having a doctor or a midwife there would be hard, as a fairly new Doula I know that I would not be comfortable with that. Well I look forward to hearing more about your journey.

02-28-2014 10:32 AM
RorysMum

I'm sorry to hear thinks are turning out different that hoped! BUT, wow twins! I'm always interested that most places don't deliver twins naturally. 

02-28-2014 10:26 AM
RorysMum

Hello @aylamck,

 

Thanks for your response to my post. This is essentially where we will likely fall into by default (having an "emergency home birth"). Not only because of where we live, but also because my last birth was very fast and pain-free (except for crowning which was really the only "intense" moment). It was hard for me to tell I was in labour last time until right before she was born. All of the midwives I have spoken to have suggested, even if they took me on, they wouldn't not likely make it to me in time. I am going to check with the local hospital about their policies (our town's hospital doesn't deliver, but there is an ER), as I believe once a woman has progressed to a certain point, the EMTs will just deliver the baby where in place rather than transporting to a hospital anyways. That way at delivery (or immediately after) we would have someone there. Most of the doulas I have researched in this area are quite averse to the thought of being here without a doctor or midwife present (understandably for liability reasons). Hopefully I can find one! Suggestions are welcomed!

 

I am not afraid of the birth at all. I feel pretty "set"...my body knows what it is doing. But right after, I wouldn't mind having someone there to be the official health support person. 

 

It is going to be an interesting experience!

02-28-2014 09:50 AM
aylamck

@RorysMum I know this may be a little bold and you may not feel comfortable with it but I am going to suggest it anyway. What about getting an experienced Doula and waiting a bit too long at home so you "accidentally" have the baby at home. I know what I am suggesting is pretty much an unassisted birth and I am not even sure I would be totally comfortable with that but I think the key component would be to find a really experienced Doula that would know what to do if anything went wrong and that you were totally confident in.

 

There is a lady in Vancouver who's name I am forgetting who midwifed for years but did not choose to register once the laws for registering midwifes came into effect. She practices as a Doula at unassisted births and is legally required to step in if something goes wrong (although doula's are not supposed to do anything clinical normally).

 

I just thought that would be an option I may consider if I could not find a midwife and wasn't able to birth at home, as I am feel pretty strongly that a home birth is where I want to be.

02-28-2014 09:30 AM
synepona
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I am little perturbed at our situation as I was and am still hoping for another stress free, relaxed, and mainly pain free labour and would have loved to be a home for it.

Welcome!

 

I'm in the same boat ... a little perturbed! This was to be my non-breech pregnancy, where I actually did all the good positioning stuff and got to 38 weeks w/o the 'threat' of C-section for transverse baby. And now it's twins, which has changed everything!

02-28-2014 08:55 AM
RorysMum

Hello ladies,

 

Name: Natalie

Location: Strathmore, Alberta (just outside of Calgary)

Kids: 3 Kiddos and one on the way (9 yr old, 7 yr old, 22 month old....and 5 months "cooked" in the oven)

Due Date: June 29th 

 

Hobbies...oh dear, um...sewing, crafting, leather work, knitting, cooking, canning, hiking, soap making, gardening...

 

I've had two induced hospital births, and one home home birth (my 22 month old was born at home) in a record (for me) two hours...hoping for another quick and easy birth this time around!

 

All midwives in Calgary are fully booked, and wouldn't take me on as I live in a small town just outside the city. I found a doc in Calgary (30 minutes outside of my town), but because of my last "precipitous" labour, she has informed me not to bother driving to the hospital, but just to call the ambulance. I am little perturbed at our situation as I was and am still hoping for another stress free, relaxed, and mainly pain free labour and would have loved to be a home for it.

02-26-2014 08:39 PM
aylamck

I am guessing that your friend has the same midwife as I do as my midwife is from Gabriola and has her practice in Nanaimo. I am glad that she got to birth at home much more comfortable, however the suite in the midwife clinic is lovely as well, it is great that they have that option for Gabriola Mama's. Yes I feel lucky to live in such a beautiful location!

02-26-2014 06:16 PM
shenanegans Welcome Ayla ! An old friend of mine just had a homebirth on Gabriola the other day but I know her midwife is from Nanaimo because she was talking about having a homebirth at her house instead of at their place on Gabriola due to the lack of ferries/ hospitals on the island if something came up, but they stayed home and the birth went really well. I went out there to visit once, it sure is a gorgeous area!
02-26-2014 09:43 AM
synepona Welcome Dawn! This group has so many more Canadians than the last one I was in with DD 3 years ago.
02-25-2014 07:55 PM
dawncayden

Name you want to be called: Dawn
Area of location you live: Vancouver Canada
How many children you have already, if any: 2 boys, aged 8 and almost 5
Estimated expectancy date: June 2
Hobbies: Bellydancing, acting, reading
Anything else you like to share: I had 2 miscarriages before this one (at 6 weeks and 12 weeks) so I'm really happy to be here 

We are team green!

02-24-2014 12:12 PM
onetwoten

Make us team blue! 

02-22-2014 02:17 PM
aylamck

I have been living in Nanaimo for the last 4 years, and before that was in Victoria for 4 years. I like being mid Island as it is easy to go up or down island and really easy to get over to Vancouver.

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