I hear you. That's why our BB is becoming a little bit frustrating for me right now. People getting induced because their babies are 'too big', or automatically getting a c-section for a breech baby, or getting induced just because they're over 37 weeks... what's with that?! I know it's a personal decision, it just seems like the doctors say they want to do things a certain way and no one questions it.
Please feel free to puke about the mainstream medical birth process as you like. I know when I hear those things I just want to slap whomever says it. In order to GIP you may need to consider giving up your birth board until next month, when all the medicalized births are going to be minimized (heck a think a majority of them will be over by dec 23 )
I'll probably update twice today.
This afternoon I'm having my first home visit with one of the midwifes from the practice. It's the one I haven't met before, and also the one I the most hope isn't on call when I go into labour, because she has a 'stand up when giving birth' policy when it comes to water birth. That just sounds like too much work to me. But we'll see.
The last couple of days I've been having issues with extra tiredness, swelling, headaches and dizziness, so I am interested to see how my BP is. It has never been an issue in the pregnancy so far, but I just haven't felt great. Yesterday I spent all day lying down because I was too worried about falling over from the dizziness.
Today I'm going to try attempt more tidying/cleaning. Matt is going to start installing the new foam/plywood subfloor in what's supposed to be our bedroom. The floor is freezing in there, so that should help with the cold. Then when he's done we can actually move back in there.
My sister's flight leaves from Australia today and although she won't arrive here until Saturday it's pretty important that we evacuate what's going to be her room and actually have a place to go by the time she's here.
The midwife was lovely, friendly and talkative. I'm still not 100% happy with the thought of possibly having to deliver standing up in my pool, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it!
After my worries about my BP it was still perfect at 108/68 or something like that. Baby's heartbeat was strong and regular, and it's in the perfect position. She said she thinks baby has dropped as the head was a little difficult to find and also I only measured at 35 weeks (37 last week), and she said that's usually an indication baby's head is in position. I have definitely been feeling hiccups lower, so that's good!
You know, if the time comes and you do not want to stand up, what is the midwife going to do? *Make you?* Good luck!
You might just be the mama that gives her experience in dealing with a true in-the-water delivery.
Sounds like things are good on the baby and mama health front. Woot!
Congrats on having a great MW appt! I'm glad to hear that you are starting to feel the sensation of a dropped baby. Hopefully that means a rather uncomplicated easy delivery. I look forward to hearing more abotu your upcoming birth....
Btw is there a reason why she is so against actually birthing in the pool then possibly moving for placental delivery/watching for pph? I was hoping you would ask and we would find out why.
She said the reason is that she hasn't had any formal training in water births and hasn't attended enough to feel comfortable with it... whereas the other midwives are very experienced and comfortable with it.
I think the best thing for her would be if she was the second at my babies birth and I gave birth in the water... that's one experience for her!
DTD tonight and now I'm having a lot of contractions... I guess we'll see what happens. No rush!
She can't make you stand if you don't want to! Just go with what you feel like doing at the time.
Oh, and it sounds like the LO is getting ready to go! Well, making preparations anyways!
Does anyone have any formal training in water births until actually witnessing one? Seriously it sounds as tho she is hindering her own experience by trying to request you to stand, but as others have pointed out she will not be able to force you to stand
I'm watching and waiting as your lodge progresses. I can't wait to hear your story.