Welcome! Excited to hear your intro
~ Karrie ~
Logan - 8
Joey - 6
Mikayla - 3
Ethan - 2
Yay!!! I can't believe I'm at 36 weeks already, even though it feels like I've been pregnant forever--of course, all three of my pregnancies being this close together doesn't help with that, lol! Monday is my busy day of the week...and little girl got me up at 5 this morning (we're all getting over a cold and she coughed herself awake) so I'm pretty sleepy...will have to do a proper intro in the morning. Can't wait to get to know all of you better through this process! Good night!
OK--kids are down for a nap and I'm semi-awake (won't be fully awake anytime today I don't think since I wound up being awake with DD for most of the night last night, poor thing)...so...it's Intro Time!
I'm Rachel, I'm 29 and DH Brian is 30. We just celebrated our 5th anniversary last month. Our first 4 years of marriage we lived in the Los Angeles area, but moved to the Idaho panhandle last September. We are in the process of getting ready to do missionary work in Central Africa (sooner rather than later, Lord willing), and we moved up here to save money while we do that. We are actually living in a small guest house on my parent's property right now. DH is working from home and I'm a SAHM to our two wonderful kids, DS Micah who will be 3 on Saturday and DD Janae who is 18 months.
My previous births:
My NCB experience has been a long journey and I'm still learning new things all the time. I was on the pill for the first part of my marriage, and then learned about NFP/FAM. Went off the pill but DH and I went to "not trying, not preventing" pretty quickly and fell preggers within 2 months. With Micah, DH and I were both working for a large HMO in Cali and of course we had all our medical coverage through them. I liked my OB but she went on vacation for the three weeks around my due date (darn August due date) so for my last few weeks I saw various CNMs in her office. The one I saw at my 40 week appointment was very pushy and automatically scheduled me an induction date for 41 weeks. I knew very little about my options at the time, but the only reason I went along with it is that my mom was in from out of town and would be leaving within a couple days of the proposed induction date--and I REALLY wanted her to be at the birth and be my doula, plus get to see her first grandbaby. 41 weeks rolled around and no baby, so I went through with the induction--8 hours of Cervadil and then 12 hours of pitocin (and IV pain meds) later, DS was born. Since he was my first baby, I feel lucky to have gotten a vaginal birth out of the experience, KWIM? Other than preferring not to be induced in the future, I don't feel like this was a traumatic birth for me or anything, but I definitely didn't feel as well supported by the staff etc during the birth as I could have been. It could definitely have been better in a lot of ways.
With DD, I had been learning a lot more about childbirth options, and I wanted a completely natural birth. It had to be in the hospital since I was still with the same HMO but I chose the midwife who attended DS's birth as my practitioner this time since I liked and trusted her, and felt a lot more informed about my options and what I was allowed to decline as a patient. I had tons of prodromal labor with both kids, to the point of going and getting checked (both times) because the contractions were 2-3 minutes apart, 60 seconds long, but fairly weak and not doing anything noticeable to my cervix. When we got home from being checked in L&D triage (shortly after midnight), I could tell something was changing in the contractions; I tried to go to sleep but after about half an hour I got up and started working through them instead. Around 1:30 I woke up my mom (who had 5 kids, 4 vaginally, so she knew what to watch for in labor) and had her watch me through a contraction; we left for the hospital again shortly after and got there around 3. They had me walk the halls for a while before admitting me at 5 am dilated to around 5 cm. I labored in my room some and in the hallway some more, at some point the rounding midwife came and decided to break my water (at 7 cm) and then they put an internal fetal monitor due to light meconium staining. Transition was pretty intense (although looking back, it was nowhere near as bad as pitocin contrax) and I felt helpless and wanted to be almost on my back on the bed for most of it (not sure why that felt safer, I'm sure it didn't help things progress any faster). Pushing took about 8 minutes and Janae was born just after noon. Even though there were a few minor interventions (AROM etc) I feel very proud of Janae's birth and am looking forward to an even better birth experience with Seth.
This time around, we've moved, don't have insurance, and are paying out of pocket for care from a wonderful CPM who has a freestanding birthing center about 45 minutes away from our house. Although I would love a homebirth, I am choosing to give birth at the birthing center for various reasons, mostly having to do with our house NOT being set up well for birthing and not having hot water in our house. (My dad did the all the work of turning their 23x23 foot shed into our guest house himself--yes, it's smallish but we fit fairly well--and we didn't have running water all winter, he got the cold water put in once the last of the snow melted in May. We're close enough to my parents' mobile home that we were getting our water from their house. There are lots of other interesting quirks about our house, too.) I'm comfortable with the birthing center, and the drive is the same as it was from my apartment to the hospital in California.
Well, that's probably enough intro for now. I really appreciate all of the ladies on this board, and the wisdom and support that you bring. I am honored to be a part of this group.
Last edited by lomelindi; 08-18-2009 at 11:30 PM.
Fun intro! I can't imagaine what life must be like for you, it sounds fun though! Your kids are cute, and I'm sure the third is going to be just as perfect for you. How you did you guys decide to go to Africa? Do you know where, and are you going with an organization? Sorry if I'm asking too much, just curious!
Wow, neat intro! How exciting to be going to Africa, when I was younger I really wanted to go on a mission trip there, but my family had some money issues so it never happened. My DH's aunt and uncle are missionaries in Japan, it's so neat to hear about all the different types of work missionaries do.
Sounds like you had 2 really nice births, despite a few interventions, and I hope this one goes just as well or better!