Congratulations on your lodge, Jen! I enjoyed reading your introduction and really liked the fact that you used the term "wish list" instead of birth plan. I have been trying to figure out how to word things in my own birthing plan and that phrase is perfect to describe what it is. It sounds like you've educated yourself and used that to your advantage when talking with your OB. (And I think it's great that you found an OB that doesn't do episiotomies ) From your OB's reactions to your "wish list", it sounds like you're on your way to a great natural birth.
Hope you're feeling well and were able to get some sleep (I can definitely commiserate with the mind racing thing in the middle of the night).
Hi Jen, Welcome to your lodge!!
Homebirthing, breastfeeding, sling wearing, cloth diapering momma to 3 girls ages 7 and 6 year old twins and peanut #4 due sometime in late September
Wow, lodges everywhere! I can barely keep up!
Glad to learn more about you, and big thumbs up to your OB.
Welcome to your lodge!!!
I had to lol at your description of doing all of the lists and getting everything done and putting in the car seat, that was SO me at 36 wks with my first too! I had my diaper bag in the trunk of the car so long waiting to go to the hosp and give birth that it got a grease stain all over the bottom!
And good for you in doing all the educationg yourself that you can, that is the best thing you can do! It is one of the best preparations in preparing to advocate for yourself and baby!
You know what's funny? I was so sure my DS would be late because he was my first, and I packed all this stuff at 36w and felt like a complete idiot, and then there he was at 37w. This time around, took no chances, got everything ready again at 36w - and where's my baby?? LOLOriginally Posted by Kaseye
Better to be caught prepared than not! I have been toting all my hospital stuff around every time I drive somewhere, "just in case!"
Congrats on your lodge Jen! It sounds like you are really prepared and everything is going well for you. I am also trying to make sure everything at the house is ready for the baby, but I figure I will have plenty of time to pack after contractions start, but before it is time to go to the hospital. I was also an environmental scientist before going back to grad school in biology - it's crazy that there are so many people on this board with a similar background.
Congrats on you lodge!! Can't wait to learn more about you
Collette~mom to Grace (2/28/05) and Libby (07/08/06)
All's well here...(except DH has a sore throat and major headache since yesterday morning...i've got him downing the Vit C...) I had my 37 week appointment this past Monday...baby sounds great. My GBS came back negative (whoo!)...one less thing to deal with in the hospital. I declined the internal...didn't see much point to it. I can tell you this baby has dropped...my OB even made a comment, but I felt the head drop a couple of weeks ago.
Let's see...to answer a couple of questions...my official due date is Dec. 5, but if you ask me, it should be the 4th. (I think my ticker lines up on the 4th because I used the date we conceived this baby.)
Calling the birth plan a "wish list" was an idea a gleamed from my doula. BTW -- I did hire a doula, she's great...a family friend from my FIL side. My hospital tour went well...they really are trying to change the past "hospital" culture. A friend just gave birth, and she raved about the food which you can order just about 24/7. The hospital is trying to be more like a hotel than a hospital. (All private rooms...) My only complaint is that the rooms seem small...I have claustrophobia...I wasn't very comfortable in the room, but I guess that will keep all the extra medical people out of my room. He He He! (The hospital opened back in May...brand spanking new...the towers are circular, my mom is going to get so lost!!!!!)
As for everyone with the biology / environmental science backgrounds...besides ya'll being cool....I think just shows how our desires to protect and understand the world around us would translate into the desire to understand and protect ourselves and our children.
Well...I'm off to work...finished 1 of my projects last night... got 1 more to go plus tying up some loose ends... (though I have a biological background...I'm really just a bureaucrat for fish and wildlife agency in state government... )
All great news, Jen! The hospital does sound great. I bet the same relaxation techniques you use during labor will help with your claustrophobia... has your doula had anything to say about it?