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    Argh! I feel for you...I am sure they have good intentions behind the class requirement, but I can't believe there is no exception to the rule, especially under your circumstances. How frustrating...GL with the private classes and hope they aren't expensive.

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    Do you have an idea of the style of birthing you'd like to try? You could look at AAHCCB (it's the Bradley website) and see if anyone in your area is giving classes.

    That is very frustrating! I hope you find something soon. Do you need to bring some sort of certification w/ you that you actually took a class? maybe you could ask if there is a way for them to evaluate your prepared-ness since you weren't able to find a class.

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    That sucks! I hope that you can get everything sorted out. Have you paid for the birth center? Because I would think if you have paid that they can't refuse you because you are a paying client. But I hope it all works out and you don't have to deal with the frustration and stress!

    How are you feeling? What is it like at near the end?
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    thanks for letting me vent, gals

    things are much better today. We've got a private class pretty much confirmed for Sunday, with one of the women recommended by the birth center. Turns out she's actually a doula and a CNM and is working part-time at the birth center right now, after having her own child there last year.

    We talked on the phone for about half an hour and I got a really good vibe from her. Since we're so far along, she's comfortable with doing a class more focused on what to expect - from labor, from the birth center, from the midwives and nurses. She thinks we'll probably do about a 2-hour session, and her rates are very reasonable. So that's a huge sigh of relief!

    Another positive thing: our doulas came over this morning to do our prenatal visit, and I was reminded again of how happy I am that we found them! They are both SO positive and warm and confident. We all (them, DH, and I) talked for about an hour about when to call them, logistics, what to have ready, things to do in the final weeks (like go on dates with DH!), preferences for the birth, etc.

    THEN we went out to the birth center for our 37+ week appointment...I'm measuring spot-on, and they did the gonorrhea/chlamydia screen (since I haven't had one done this pregnancy and we figure once it comes out negative we'll feel 100% ok with declining the eye goop). My GBS test from last week was negative, yay! Overall a nice, uneventful apopintment.

    How does it feel being at the end?

    I'm definitely not feeling the "ok, let's go, get this baby out" thing. I feel like I'm getting close to ready to meet the baby, but just not quite yet. I'm feeling good physically, I just get tired a lot more easily, and maybe overwhelmed more easily. And the sausage feet - that's the physical thing I'm NOT loving! But I guess I'm feeling like there are still some things I need to get wrapped up before I'm totally ready to devote myself to bringing baby out. I mean, I know baby will come when s/he's ready, but I'm also thinking that baby can sense when mom's ready. It is pretty wild, though, to keep realizing that we're going to have a little person in our house!

    Oh, and I did have a second dream about baby's sex - this is 2 boy dreams, to zero girl dreams! It was funny, I dreamt I gave birth and was almost immediately trying to get baby to latch on, and was getting some help with that...and then all of a sudden I realized no one had said whether it was a boy or girl, and I hadn't looked!
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    Well, we had our class on Sunday, and it was great. We definitely both clicked with Jill, the instructor. She's a CNM and a doula who is currently on call a couple days a week in a nurse capacity to attend births at our birth center - so there's a chance she could even attend ours. I'm not pinning all my hopes on it, but it would be wonderful - we REALLY liked her.

    The nice thing about the meeting with her is she was able to discuss the things we wanted to know about labor and its stages and comfort measures, etc., very specifically in the context of the birth center. She answered all my paranoid questions that I'd been trying to push out of my mind yet couldn't quite (specifically about cord prolapse and meconium aspiration), and so now I feel even better - there's nothing I'm having to not let myself think about...if that makes any sense

    Nothing seems to be happening here, which is fine; we're not in a huge hurry (although the grandmas are!). I've been continuing to take the evening primrose oil orally & vaginally. Still haven't told baby it's time to come yet...although last night I did say that if s/he needed to come, was ready, then that's ok. But if not, it's totally fine to hang out for a little while longer.

    Over the weekend, DH cleaned out the whirlpool tub in our bathroom. We've lived here for almost 2 years and I'd never used it! When we first moved in I filled the tub up partway to clean out the jets some and felt SOOOO guilty about how much water it took, especially since our area was in a drought of historical proportions (so I of course scooped all the water out bucket by bucket and used it for the plants in the yard). But Saturday night, DH and I filled 'er up, lit some candles, and relaxed and snuggled together until the water got chilly. It was HEAVEN.

    now I'm off to find a little something for DH for valentine's day...
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    I am glad that you had a great class. I am glad that she was able to calm some of your fears.

    Your whirlpool tub sounds heavenly! That must have been romantic. How nice!

    I am glad that you are still feeling well, it gives me hope!
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    Welcome to your lodge Jenn! I am so glad you were able to get the class requirement sorted out and that everything is falling into place with your doulas and the birth center.

    The bath sounds absolutely delightful. You're allowed to treat yourself a little bit You've come a long way!

    That is too funny about forgetting to check to see if the baby was a boy or a girl in your dream I guess in the end, it doesn't really matter
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    I'm so glad that you got a class in-- and that you enjoyed it. Our "classes" were worthless-- I could have very well skipped them with my first...and didn't take anymore after that (they were hosp classes and SO very biased!)

    Sound so relaxing to be in the tub with dh....ahhhh! Enjoy these last few weeks of "freedom"--sounds like you have a great attitude about when baby will arrive!
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    Wow, I don't know how I missed your lodge. Sorry I'm getting here a bit late!

    I'm glad you got your class requirement sorted out - sounds like you're in a very good place, mentally, and enjoying these last few weeks with your DH.

    Keep those feet up and relax!
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    well, I'm getting a little nervous this afternoon.

    see, during our class on sunday, Jill was talking about water breaking and I asked how one would determine the difference between a slow leak of fluid and the other various things we full-term pregnant mamas leak from our hoo-has she said many women describe it as smelling a little like bleach, or like semen.

    this afternoon, after yet another baby shower (it was sooo sweet, thrown by DH's coworkers), I went to the restroom and my pantiliner has that same distinctive smell (DH and I have not DTD recently enough for it to actually be semen). No gushing, no squirting or anything, nothing I noticed so it must be just the usual dribbling...and everything's clear as can be in color. eek!

    I've felt normal today, aside from a couple odd bits of nausea - but lasting maybe 5 seconds. kiddo's still moving around plenty...

    I've emailed Jill to see if she thinks we should call the birth center. Our next appointment is Friday at 11:30. I'm drinking LOTS of water - AF does regenerate, right? And if there's a tiny leak, it's not as big a deal as if my water really fully broke, right?
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