I'm having this baby at a new birth center in the area and have known for a while that sometime in my last 6 weeks of pregnancy, I would have to go for a MD visit to get signed off as low risk. I think it's a joke, but it's their regulation so I went. Has anyone ever heard of this? It was such a waste of time!
That appointment was a MESS! I got there 10 minutes early and ended up waiting an hour and 15 minutes just to get called back to the room. The nurse took my blood pressure in this busy hallway that was loud, chaotic and crowded. She didn't give me time to sit and relax to calm down or anything. My bp was 150/80. I told her that couldn't be right, I took it before I left home and it was 126/74. She didn't have anything to say to that.
She put me in a room where I waited for another 30 minutes to see the doctor. He was supposed to be very natural minded and supportive of MW's and all that. What a joke. I told him that the ONLY time I have high bp is in an actual doctors office. I don't have high bp at home, or at the birth center, or at my chiropractors office. ONLY in doctors offices. He retook it after I had time to sit in quietness and relax and he got 124/85 or something like that. Better, but not as good as what I got at home. He didn't fuss about my bp though, so that was good.
Then he wanted to measure my fundus. I told him that was fine, but that I had a full bladder (and thus would push the baby up) and that I could already tell him I would be measuring 2-3 weeks ahead. I always did with Evan and I always have with this baby. Plus, I'm fluffy. What do you expect? LOL Sure enough, I measure 38 weeks. That got him started...
He apparently is concerned that I am carrying an elephant or something because he started talking about how big this baby could be and yada yada yada. Now mind you, we had just had the discussion that Evan was 9 lb 12 oz, and I was only in labor with him for 9 hours, and only pushed for 45 minutes of that time, AND his big ol' head was trying to come out tilted to the side. I would say that my body is capable of birthing big babies, wouldn't you? Even with all that, the rest of the visit was like a commercial advertisment of him telling me how wonderful his hospital is, how family friendly and blah blah blah. I happen to know it is not, and it has one of the higher c/s rates in this area! Nice try doc.
He also asked me if I would be willing to come back at 38 weeks for an ultrasound so he could check the size of the baby, and if she was big perhaps we could discuss membrane sweeping or something like that. I asked him if that would influence whether or not he signed the paper. He said it might. I explained to him that the form simply said that as of TODAY, he doesn't find any high-risk signs. That's it. I told him it's as of TODAY, not tomorrow and not 38 weeks, and that if I end up with a huge baby, he's not liable because it was as of Today, not any day after that. He said fine, he would sign the paper. I thanked him and told him I would not be having an ultrasound as they are not reliable anyway.
Aside from that, he went on and on about how sometimes things just happen and if you have your baby in a birth center and don't have an OR nearby that it's not a good thing. I should have told him that many times the reason they need an OR in the first place is because doctors mess too much and have to put their 2 cents worth of interventions in the mix when they're uncalled for. I should have said that. Hind sight is 20/20.
So, my paper is signed and he failed at scaring the living daylights out of me. So I wasted the second half of my day, $15 plus the gas it took me to get up there, and missed out on working yesterday just for all that. Uggh.