Im so excited! She posted my story on her blog yesterday! Here's the link: VBA2C at 42+6 Weeks
That is super awesome!
That's awesome! Now you can inspire more than just us
Yay, that is awesome!
I've been reading that blog a lot lately - I love it! That's awesome that she posted your story!!
That is so, so awesome! I really need to read this right now because I'm getting a lot of scare tactics from my doctor the closer I get to D-Day!! I need the inspiration more than ever now!!
Yay!! I'm so thrilled to hear that! I love your birth story and I love that so many will get to read it and be inspired by it! Way to go, Ariel!!
After I get to my comp I'll have to see if I am copy and paste the responses my OB had on his Facebook. He had congratulated me and it started a debate on me going to nearly 43 weeks and how that was dangerous. He had some good points that might be helpful for you. If I can I'll post it here in a little bit!
Well I haven't been able to copy and paste, but he basically says what is the point of antepartum testing if we dont use it when it is meant to be used. He had me going for biophysical profiles twice a week once I got to 42. And I was doing non stress tests about every other day. The problem is that they either don't want to take the time to monitor you more, or they dont give you an accurate interpretation of the results. That's where being personally educated comes into play; I was lucky and could trust that he would tell me the truth. He also went on to ask if we even know what an average gestation is these days. He said that so many pregnancies and labors are tampered with that we don't know when women would have their babies on average. And that because of that if you have one bad outcome from an extremely post dates pregnancy, it skews the numbers bc they are so small to begin with. Where of you have a bad outcome bc of an early induction, it won't stick out as bad bc it's happening so frequently that there are much higher numbers to work with.
He said it much more eloquently, but I hope that makes sense. The testing like BPPs and NSTs are something that is available to you though, so it won't hurt to ask if you end up having to go there with your doc. We kept a close eye on fluid levels, whether there were calcifications (looks like little white commas or white streaks in the u/s) or dark spots in the placenta, the baby's heart rate and that it had good variability, and the baby's muscle tone.
Start reading up on those things so you can stand your ground mama! Best of luck!
Before I had gotten to know my OB and how great he is, I had made the deal with him that I would do all his little tests and everything, if he would leave me be as long as everything looked good. I think that is a fair compromise with a doctor. Then they can watch you closely which should make them feel better, and you still get what you want. If you go past 40, then tell him to monitor you more if it makes him feel better. But I would read up on it so that you know he is interpreting data appropriately.
Congrats Ariel! And you have some great advice. I think what your OB says is so true. He really is a one of a kind OB!
Thank you for the comments from your OB!! I'll be using them!
I want to hug your OB. he sounds amazing.
Ariel! I haven't been around the board in a while, but I saw your story on the BWF blog and I was so happy for you! Congratulations on your VBA2C!