I am so glad your LO is in the correct position! Whew. Have I told you how cool it is that you changed the whole stream of your care halfway through ? It is really coolI am hoping you get an awesome childbirth experience.
Thanks, Stephanee. I changed my stream of care because I became educated, and I don't see how anyone could look at the information and make a different choice.
Yesterday I got the notification that the copy I had on hold of Ina May's Guide to Childbirth had become available. I picked it up from the library on my way home from work last night. I got off work at 6:30 pm and just last night I read 70 pages. I love the birth stories, but I find it kind of upsetting that the hospital birth stories included are all bad experiences. I mean, yeah, it makes sense that some of them are women who chose the Farm because of a bad hospital experience, but it makes it seem like a good NCB experience with a hospital birth is not possible and I think it is, not in every hosptial (not in the hosptial I was originally going to deliver in) but in some hospitals, with the right care provider.
DH and I are planning to do the hospital tour and pre-registry stuff tomorrow. From what I've heard the hosptial we'll be at now is very NCB friendly. I can't wait to see it for myself.
Yey on the baby being head down! I hope you like the hospital tour. I forget if you have a doula or not...she can be very helpful in you getting the NCB that you want and write out a birth plan to help communicate your NCB wishes to the hospital staff.
congrats on your upcoming arrival and can't wait to continue following your story!
We did the hospital tour today. When I called they said it would be fine if we came, but then we we got there, they were like "uh oh, we're really busy" but they found a way to show us a room anyway. We went into the room and the nurse pointed out the bed, baby warmer, TV with VCR, and then she said "Are you doing medicated or unmedicated?" (the other hospital would not have asked that question) and when I said unmedicated she asked if I was with the midwives and I said yes. She then showed me where the tub was, and it was an average sized bath tub (I would have prefered something bigger, but it's something) and she explained that after 20 a minute strip of EFM at admission, they can do intermittant monitoring as long as there are no concerns about the baby, in which case they make you stay on the monitor. I already kinda knew that from what the midwives had told me, but it was good to hear it from a hosptial employee. We didn't get to see the mother/baby unit because it's locked for security reasons (we saw it at the other hospital, but that's because we were with the prenatal class--I assume they're about the same since the hospitals are owned by the same company) but they have DVD players in some of the rooms down there. They're keeping the VCRs until they break and then replacing them with DVD players, and since the VCRs in the labor/delivery rooms don't get much use, none of them have broken yet. Anyway, I feel good about the hospital because obviously the nurses there are used to the midwives' patients going unmedicated and they know how it works. It was also good to go there so we will know how to get there and where to go when I'm in labor. While we were there, DH called his sister who works in admitting at the other hospital and she went ahead and put one of the midwives names on my pre-registration info and faxed it over, so everything should be taken care of.
Sounds like everything is getting in place. I'm glad to hear the hospital sounded supportive when you came in, despite it being a little inconvenient for them to show you about.
How are you feeling in general? are you still feeling comfortable? Is dh excited about how close he is to meeting the child he helped to make? What about you? any anticipations you want to share about baby?
Wow Brittany, you are getting close. I am glad your Hosp is supportive of NCB. I agree with you on IMG book almost showing that it is impossible to have a NCB in a hosp but in her defense, those are the stories based on her experiences and the women who chose not to do hosp births anymore. I think you also have to read that book with the mindset that some of these birth stories are from the 60s and 70 and even 80s when the medical establishment was doing some pretty bad stuff(cruel IMO). I think for women giving birth in hospital at that time it was almost impossible to have a NCB hence their decision to turn to sthg less traumatic.
I really can't wait to read your birth story.
I had my other baby shower yesterday. This one was thrown by my MIL and her friend for friends of DH's family. FIL made this amazing chicken in a sauce served over rice and they also severed two different kinds of pasta salad, rolls, cookies, and a cake. It was quite the affair. It came up in conversation that I wanted to do unmedicated, and there were a few ladies who had done natural births who were very supportive. One in particular acted shocked and like the idea was unheard of...but it seems like the majority was supportive. My SIL had to talk about her own experience and how she had wanted to go natural but couldn't do it, ect. She seems to be under the impression that childbirth is extremely dangerous for the mother, which I know from reading Ina May is not true (the statistics from The Farm list a 0% mother death rate). She pulled out some statistic that I have no idea where it came from that something like 1 in 5 women died in childbirth "before modern medicine" whatever that means. I'm sure thinking that the pain could kill you would definitley make it worse.
Anyway! I got some great gifts. Mostly baby clothes, which we definitley needed. Didn't get very many baby blankets, which is good because we didn't need any more (we have a ton of blankets...including the 2 I made when I was feeling crafty) Also got some little plastic blows, silverware, and sippy cups and this awesome bib that is big and has holes for the arms so it covers more of the baby's clothes while they eat. The lady who gave it to me is SIL/16's best friend's mom and she has an older daughter who's MIL made them for her kids and she thought it was such a good practical idea that she formed a company to produce and sell them. It's really cool. I also got a cool baby toy--the keys that make sound and some little stuffed animals and stuff like that.
Okay...so...just a minute ago I went to the bathroom and a glob of mucus of a very abnormal texture came out. I didn't know what the mucus plug was supposed to look like, but when I felt and saw it I knew it must be it because I've never had anything that gelatinous come out of me before. It reminded me of those "sticky hand" things that kids get with their tickets at arcades and out of vending machines. Sorry...TMI. I read that it can still be up to to 2 weeks between loss of the plug and start of labor, but I'm still excited to see a sign that my body really is getting close.