Since my first child was in 2006 and my second 2008 I didn't think a lot would change in childbirth during that time.. but I certainly don't remember all of this testing at 5-6 weeks on my previous birth boards. Very early ultrasounds, serial BETA HCG tests...
When did this become so common place? I can see it with women that might require supplemental progesterone (or similar medical indications).. but it seems that nearly every woman with an OB is getting these tests, and some even have a midwife.
And the worry it causes! My heart aches for the women that have an u/s at 5 weeks and they don't see a heartbeat.. or they're stressed over their HCG levels not being perfectly doubled in 48 hours.
I can't imagine being so medically scrutinized right from the beginning. I have to wonder what benefit can be derived from this with most women? It's not as if a m/c can really be prevented at this stage. It seems to cause more concern than it's worth? What are your 2 cents?