WooHoo for lodge time!! I loved reading your backgrounds. Everything that didn't go right with Aiden's birth has made you smarter and stronger. You are going to rock Zoe's birth!
Ditto Mara and Stacy!
I am really excited for you, Jackie.
I enjoyed reading your stories. I know you are going to have a much easier birth this time even if everything doesn't go as planned simply because you know so much more. I can relate to so much of your Aiden's birth story. Sounds like it was difficult to say the least, but I'm glad it's brought you to where you are today. You have been an inspiration to me already.
I looked at the calendar today and (after having a mini heart about it already being mid-October) realized it must be Jackie Lodge time!!!
I love these intros because I always learn something new about friends I've had for years. It feels like just yesterday that you were pushing 42 weeks and feeling frustrated with your OB in Hell. Despite (or perhaps as a result of) Aiden's birth experience you've been so positive about your upcoming birth and you've really grabbed the bull by the horns and set yourself up to have a wonderful birth just a few short weeks from now. You're so strong and so resourceful. I have no doubt you're going to rock with birth. I can't believe its your time already and that you're so close to your VBAC and meeting Zoe!!
((PS - I promise to make DH fix my computer issues this weekend just so I can stalk you properly. He'll understand. ))
Yay for lodge time! So excited to follow you on your VBAC journey!
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Being in a different area of the US where I actually have a real choice in care has helped me so much this pregnancy! I may have to drive an hour for my care, but it's worth it for a baby friendly hospital, midwife care (though they're in a practice with OBs), and peace of mind. I've also been doing the hypnobabies home study and taking their being positive stance seriously. I thought hypnobabies was a bit too out there for me when pregnant with Aiden, but have realized that I am one of those "out there" people and that this stuff has really worked for other moms (including my BFF). I've been reading things that go beyond the facts (though obviously I've read a ton of VBAC info) that make me realize that my body was designed to give birth. Really love Ina May and all tidbits I've picked up from all the birth stories in her books. I'm sure I could have been doing a better job sticking to hypnobabies; but I've done all the readings, listen to at least one track every night, read positive stories (and attempt to avoid the negative ones), and done way more birth prep exercises than I ever did with Aiden (though I know I could do better on this one especially!). Some days I wake up just bursting with excitement to have Zoe soon and know I'm going to have this wonderful peaceful birth. Other days (like today *sigh*) I wake up all paranoid that something is going to go wrong. Although I have a feeling that today's mood is due to her being breech and running across VBAC stillbirth stories on the VBAC FB group....think it's time to avoid that place! And listen to the affirmations track on hypnobabies. I'm also trying not to get down and paranoid about DH leaving for a 2 week TDY at the end of November. Right now he's set to leave 2 days after I hit 42 weeks. At 42 weeks I will either being induced with a foley or have a RCS. Neither are what I want, but I know I won't have it in me at that point to fight to go longer for a spontaneous labor. The closest "support" I have is my SIL an hour from me (2 hours from my hospital) who has zero issues with both of her c/s.
Link to my Nov 2012 Space that I haven't updated in forever. Ooops.
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Okay, today I had my 36 week appt. It was good other than when I showed up the front office informed me I didn't have an appt. WTF. I got Aiden and I dressed and on the road by 7:40am just for this appt at 8:45. NOT AN EASY TASK. I know I didn't make up this appt. They managed to "squeeze me in" at least. BP was fantastically normal (as it's always is here - yes, my hypertension magically cured itself ), weight gain great, etc. I told the midwife I had this week (there are 4 that I've been rotating through) that Zoe was breech. She didn't believe me till she grabbed the doppler and Zoe started hiccuping! Ha ha. Zoe has not been truly breech yet....until now (she just turned Tuesday night/Wednesday morning). But the MW had one of her kids stay breech till 38 weeks and said she doesn't mind because Zoe is not a big baby and obviously has more than enough room to move. I agree - she's got a whole playground in me still! Completely flipping is not a huge noticeable thing still and she has spent lots of time going from head down to transverse. However, the OBs in the practice tend to be a bit more cautious with the VBAC moms so I'll have a quick u/s next week to check her positioning and to make sure there's nothing going on. Thankfully they do NOT trust u/s weight guesses! I think it's pretty pointless and told the MW that, but she said it's one of the things she's had to compromise on to keep doing VBAC births like she wants (lay midwives can't do VBACs, so no matter what if I want legal MW care I have to see CNMs). So let's all cross our fingers that next Wednesday I have a very boring very quick u/s of a head down baby.
After my appt today I met with a placenta encapsulator. She's well familiar with the hospital I'm giving birth at (she's also a doula). Gave me some good advice. It went great and looks like my wedding anniversary gift will be placenta pills once Zoe is here!
Saturday afternoon I'm driving that hour back up there to attend a VBAC/ICAN/homebirth meeting (all three groups have combined into one monthly meeting in order for them to stay healthy groups)! Can't wait! It'll be my 2nd one.
ETA: Did I leave out anything that people want to know? I think I'm done rambling unless someone wants more info on something.
Glad to hear she still has lots of room to flip back and that your MW isn't worried about it!
So I read that you were listening to the Hypnobabies birthing affirmations a couple posts back, have you been doing the whole home study and planning to use it for labor?
Mama to Kostas with the Mostest, born 07/10/07
and Marek "Cricket" Joshua, born 12/07/12