They did intermittent monitoring for me, I think it was 20 min of every hour at the hospital. I was monitored the first 20min and then walked the halls. I took my sweet time walking the halls before coming back to my room. I was monitored while in different positions...on the birthing ball, in the rocking chair, even on all fours, so you don't necessarily have to be in the bed to be monitored. It didn't seem like too much to me, and my nurse was great and I don't think she even kept it on the whole 20min each time, just long enough to get a good measurement and then let me go about my business .
I'm sure the doppler would be just fine, but if you want to pick your battles (so to speak) the intermittent monitoring wasn't so intrusive in my experience. Maybe you can just spend loads of time in the jacuzzi tub?
welcome to your lodge! looking forward to meeting you lil one in the next few wks and taking this journey with you.
wed Brian 1/27/2001
homeschooling mama to
Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.
Hello ladies. I’m Jenny and I’m 33 preparing to have my first baby. It is a girl and her name is Catherine, but we will be calling her Catie for short. I have been married for a year in May to a wonderful named Michael, who is 41. You can say we had a whirl wind romance. Basically, I picked him up in a bar, 6 months later we were living together and a year after that we were married. He is truly the most wonderful person I have ever met, and I cannot believe my good fortune that he is now my husband. I’m truly a lucky lady.
If I were to tell you the whole story of how I got to this point it would take ten pages so I will just tell the highlights, which will take awhile. I grew up in Philadelphia and at 22 moved to Columbus, Ohio. Granville actually, which is about 30 miles outside. I was working in the oil & gas industry and met a man in Ohio and got married at 24. The relationship only lasted a couple of years. Not long after we got married, I started taking night classes. I told my parents I would go to college when I knew why I was going. Well, we were broke so somebody had to go to college. I was attending an adult-oriented business school at night but when we got separated, I decided I really wanted a degree from a top university. My Father went to the University of Virginia, and we were taught from birth that it is the greatest school in the world. Because of my advanced age () and straight A’s, I got in to UVA’s Commerce School and moved to Charlottesville, VA. I just loved it there, and the school was very hard but I got through it with flying colors. After school I got a job back in Philadelphia and came home at 30.
When I first moved to Ohio, I got a cat to keep me company. Then my ex-husband brought home a puppy one day; a coonhound. I had never heard of one before and soon after we got another dog to play with him because he was driving us nuts. They have a lot of energy. After my separation I decided I wanted another dog but knew I couldn’t handle another big one so I got a tan Chihuahua. This is how I ended up with 3 dogs and a cat. I had a couple who lived with me rent free while I was in school to help take care of them while I was at school sometimes for a day or two without being able to come home. It worked out quite well. When I met my husband Michael, he had two dogs. Now I live in a home with 4 big dogs, 1 little dog, and a cat. It is quite a brady bunch. Luckily he had females and I had male big dogs so there were no territorial issues. They all drink and eat out of the same bowls and get along famously.
We started trying to get pregnant right after we got married and succeeded after five months. I was about to start clomid on the next cycle but it just turned out my body needed some time to rebound from all of those years of birth control. In fact, we got married when we did because we wanted to start a family. We are getting a little advanced in age to put it off. My sister had wanted a home birth for both of her children. The first one required a hospital trip and an epidural. She had been in labor about 30 hours and the midwives insisted. She was just too tired. However, her second daughter was delivered right there in the living room. I always thought she was a little nuts for having a baby at home and figured I would ask for drugs at the first labor twinge. If it weren’t for her and then the ladies on the board, I don’t think I would ever have started to read about interventions and their related problems. I knew I really didn’t want a c-section because I heal horribly but as I read and learned, I realized there are a lot of things I don’t want including those drugs I thought I would be asking for. From where I was the day I got pregnant, it is a complete 180. It is kind of amazing how my sister and I are on this wavelength but my Mom still thinks c-sections are the best thing since sliced bread. She had three of them due to breech babies. She just does not quite get our point of view
My husband and I have been taking private birth classes that are NB oriented. He has learned a lot, and I really think he is ready for this including dealing with nurses and doctors who don’t necessarily agree with our choices. I would like a home birth but Michael is just not comfortable with the idea so I agreed this time we will do it in the hospital. I’m hoping the next one can be at home but that might not be possible because I have GD and have a good chance of getting it again. This pregnancy was going along very well for the first two trimesters. I have struggled with pretty bad restless leg syndrome for a while but otherwise was unscathed. Then at 28 weeks, we got the GD positive diagnosis. I was really surprised because there is not history of it in my family, and while I’m a little pudgy, I’m not obese. I normally wear a size 10. I know there are a lot of risk factors but I was really surprised it happened to me. So, for 6 weeks I kept it under control with diet and exercise. I woke up at 2am and 5am to eat so that my body would never fast because the number was always too high if I did. After awhile, the hormones increased and even my diligent diet was no longer keeping my sugars in range. Since the midwives, who I switched to at about 21/22 weeks when I realized what kind of birth I wanted, cannot treat someone on diabetic medication, I was transferred to the OB practice they work with.
The first doctor we met with was great and I told him I did not want to start the NST until 37 weeks. He was fine with that. Last week I went to see another OB in the practice and he said we need to start tests. I said “slow down, what tests?” We then got into a debate about waiting to do the NST. He thought I was seriously demented. He said that the purpose of the NST was to make sure my baby won’t die between this appointment and the next. Yes, he pulled the dead baby card. I decided it was not a big enough deal to stress over, and I knew that she is just fine so I said he could do the NST if it will make him feel better. He asked why I would come for maternal care and not let them care for me. I was thinking in my head that I really didn’t want his darn care but instead just said nothing. Of course she passed the NST with flying colors.
I am nervous about having a hospital birth because I have never had a good experience with hospitals and doctors. I’ve had problems with my gallbladder for many years, but they could never figure out that is what the pain was from. It started when I was about 13. I had it taken out finally at 24, but the experience has left me uncomfortable with doctors, nurses, and hospitals. I have hired a wonderful, experienced doula who is a nurse herself as well as a researcher. I know between her and Michael they will help me run any interference necessary. I really do wish I was having my baby here. I will just wait to go to the hospital for as long as possible. I have been taking a hypnobabies home course to prepare for this birth. I have days where I feel really confident and days that I’m really scared. I had mentioned months ago that the pushing part was the part that scared me because I feel like I will be able to hack labor. Even though books and educators say it is easier than labor, it seems to me like it will really hurt!
On the job front, I quit my job at the beginning of May and am now a stay at home pregnant person waiting to be a SAHM. I worked really hard in school etc to get my degree at hit the work force and I have to say I hate working! I just hate it. I think I am much more cut out for being a wife and mother. You can see pics of the dogs, cat, Michael, me and my belly on my July space. Catie’s due date blinkie is linked to it. Thanks for reading ladies. I’m looking forward to spending these last few weeks with you all and leaning on you for support and advice.
Jenny, you've got a birth lodge!! I am so excited for you. Loved your intro. I didn't know you lived in(okay, BY) Cowtown too!!! I went to OSU. I know you're nervous about the hospital birth, but you'll do just fine! I'm just so happy and excited for you!
Even if they want to use the actual monitor, they don't have to strap it on. It can be held in place. You do not have to be in the bed, either. You can stand, sit in a rocker or on a birth ball, kneel on pillows, lean forward over the side of the bed, etc.
My mw only uses a doppler. She listens during and after contractions about every hour or so. She does it in whatever position is comfortable for me.
What a lovely intro. I'm glad you're able to be a SAHM The docs...sometimes I think they lump us all into a group of uninformed pregnant women. ((HUGS))
Ryan and Rachael
Parents to Chase, Abby, Hunter, Rachel, Caleb, Hannah & Nate
~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~
Great intro! I can't believe fellow July mom's are getting lodges already, where has the time gone?
Great intro! I loved reading it & getting to know you a little better
Great intro!!! Welcome to your lodge!