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    Sounds like a fairly nice set up over there. I love how if your water breaks you call so they can plan on your arrival in the next few hours... or days.

    If someone chooses to labour at home with a midwife is that cost covered too?

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    Sounds like a fairly nice set up over there. I love how if your water breaks you call so they can plan on your arrival in the next few hours... or days.

    If someone chooses to labour at home with a midwife is that cost covered too?


    You can labor at home but you'd probably have to pay for a doula to be with you if you wanted one. You have to pay out of pocket.

    Sweden's home birth policy is interesting though.

    If it's your first birth, you have to jump through a lot of hoops and pay out of pocket for a homebirth including finding a midwife who will do it. In Stockholm, there are a few who will do a homebirth.

    If you've had a 'normal' birth previously and had a 'normal' pregnancy (not 'overweight', no high blood pressure or diabetes, baby in the proper position) then you must meet with an obstetrician at the hospital and you and the doctor sign a consent form. The state will cover a home birth in this case but you must meet all of the criteria.

    I'm hoping for a smooth run this time around so that I can have a home birth for my future babies.



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    Well, my midwife was back from her Florida vacation all nice and tan! I showed her my beautiful swollen ankles and she said that’s what happens when your uterus expands (she was more scientific, but you get the drift). My blood pressure was high for me but still in normal range (120/85 if you are interested—she was mostly concerned that the bottom number had jumped up a bit). She checked for protein in my urine and she was quite pleased that there wasn’t any. I will keep seeing her every week until the baby makes an appearance just to make sure that my pressure is okay. She said not to worry about it and that she wasn’t really concerned—it’s normal for blood pressure to rise this late in pregnancy as there is so much more work the heart must do to get all that extra blood around.


    In baby news, heartbeat was strong and the baby’s head is FIXED. Even though she said that it doesn’t mean anything—the baby can be fixed for weeks—I see it as a hopeful sign that baby may come sooner rather than later. She let me feel where the baby’s head is and that was really cool. I'm going to try it with hubby tonight when he gets home!

    Does anyone know what protein in the urine means? I know it has something to do with preclampsia, but I'm not sure why the protein would appear.



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    That's neat that Sweden has a show called "Midwives." I'm sure it's way more friendly than the US's "Baby Story" which could easily be called "OBs in Power" most of the time.

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    Welcome to your lodge! I love the pics--you look fantastic! It's so neat to read how things are done over there. It sounds like exactly what some of us have to fight for over here.

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    I'm a bit late so welcome to your lodge. It sounds like the US could learn a lot from Sweden, I wish we had people that believed in a woman's body when it comes to birth.

    I know protein in the urine is a sign of pre-eclampsia, as to what it technically means I'm not sure. Be happy you don't have a worried OB dealing with you, I had swollen ankles and higher bp (no protein in the urine) and it was constant worry about pre-e. It was like a constant worry about the two I had along with ignoring the lack of protein in the urine, bah!

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    Welcome to your lodge!! I love hearing about the differences in care over in Sweden! I can't wait to see how your birth unfolds!
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    Wow! I didn't realize you were in Sweden! How cool! I've heard wonderful things about their maternity/healthcare system.

    Your intro was great! I can't wait to read more.

    About protein in the urine, I only know as much as others ...it's a sign of pre-eclampsia and in the US they tend to induce for that. I'm not sure what all it means, but they say it is dangerous. That's probably why your midwife checked and was happy when there wasn't any. The signs are high BP, sudden swelling, protein in urine.

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    Well, my ankles have been a lot better since I've been sleeping on the couch with my feet elevated. I think I overdid it last Wednesday when I went shopping with my friend and it took me about a week to recover!

    Been having some funny feelings...menstrual crampiness in the mornings...the baby's movements are very noticeable and sometimes surprising! I made audible exclamations on the street yesterday and hoped no one thought I was going in to labor...

    I feel like I have a cantaloupe between my legs and I have a very pronounced waddle. I hope I make it until at least April 24th when I teach my last evening class! I used to teach preschool but stopped that at the beginning of March as I was having scary, painful BH's. I teach English to adults in the evenings three times a week. It keeps my brain active and I enjoy my students' company so much!

    You know, I've been wondering about LO at night. If the head is fixed and engaged, does that mean it's stuck there in the birth canal? I know that LO's body drifts over to my left side whenever I sleep (I can see it) and I wonder about its poor little neck! My rational self knows that our bodies make the perfect little nest for our babies but I can't help imagining my poor little one with its neck all contorted and uncomfortable...

    I'm excited to be going shopping again with my pregnant friend. We're going to a big second hand baby shop. I'll let you know if I find anything super cute.



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    I feel like I have a cantaloupe between my legs and I have a very pronounced waddle.
    Ha, I know what you mean! I hadn't really noticed my waddle until I got out of the house ther other day (snuck away from my bedrest) to run some errands. Man, do I feel like a penguin!
    You know, I've been wondering about LO at night. If the head is fixed and engaged, does that mean it's stuck there in the birth canal? I know that LO's body drifts over to my left side whenever I sleep (I can see it) and I wonder about its poor little neck! My rational self knows that our bodies make the perfect little nest for our babies but I can't help imagining my poor little one with its neck all contorted and uncomfortable...
    I've been wondering that too. My LO has been engaged for 3 weeks or so now, and I still always wonder how he manages the movements he does and how he could possbly be comfortable. I do believe they have very different flexibility than we do, though... I'm sure if he were uncomfortable they'd move.
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