Midwife home visit appointment

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Midwife home visit appointment

Midwife appointment went awesome! I think I should have done another test strip as the colors ended up bleeding onto each other because I tried just peeing straight on the strip rather than dipping it. But from what I could tell everything looked good. BP was good and HR was good. Baby's heart rate was fluctuating between upper 130's- upper 140's. Midwife was very pleased with that. Even though I am technically not 37 weeks if I were to go into labor I can still have my home birth it will just be the assistants name on the certificate rather than the actual midwife. Smile Just as I had suspected baby is super duper low. As in the midwife had a really hard time finding his head because my pubic bone hid it. She was really low when getting the heart beat as well, and it was the actual heart beat she was getting. So now to finish our bathroom remodel and babe can come any time after that. Smile That makes me so much more relaxed about things knowing that if I do go into labor tonight I can still have my home birth. Especially after my contractions I had last night. I knew it wasn't labor contractions just my practice contractions but it still is a relief.

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Glad everything went well! I wonder if you will go early this time since he dropped and your having the contractions that help your cervix? You never know!

I can not wait to hear all about your home birth!!

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I would be surprised if I go by 38 weeks but hey you never know. My midwife seemed very doubtful that I would actually make it to my due date though. Honestly if I'm still feeling like this in 2 weeks I think I will see what we can do to encourage the little boy out. We are picking up EPO tonight and the last few items we need for the birth. Smile It really does hurt to walk or stand or sit. lol. Laying down is about the only relief I get from the pelvic pain from his head being so low. I feel like all my girly bits are bruised. ha ha ha.

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Sounds like you have all your ducks in a row and you are ready to go! I can't wait to hear about baby boy's arrival Smile

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Im glad everything is falling in place for you and your going to get your home birth.

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Sounds like everything is going as plan.. Yayyyyyy also sounds like he really will come sooner rather then later. Are you dilated yet? I have a stupid question. Can you body dilate with out contractions? You always give me good advice.. Even when I ask stupid questions Wink I have had mc aches and some tightness but I am 1cm now. Just wondering as I thought you had to have contractions or mc alot. Which I havent Wink

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I didn't get checked. The midwife only checks if the mom asks, some women will never get checked at all through their entire pregnancy and labor. I will probably have her check me at my appointment next Friday if I continue to feel like I have been feeling.

No you don't have to have "noticeable" contractions to dilate. You probably are having contractions but you just don't really notice them. Some will argue and say you don't have to have contractions at all to dilate but I have a hard time believing that one personally. I just think they probably never noticed the contractions because they never felt any different then the baby moving around or they were focused down in the pelvis. BUT that is my personal opinion. I know several women who never felt a contraction once and they were 4cm dilated and basically fully effaced. I've also heard of several who don't notice any contractions and go into the dr or hospital and they are having regular contractions and are in labor and never knew until they were hooked up to a monitor. As baby gets heavier and puts pressure on your cervix it will cause your cervix to contract and start dilating with out really having the full uterin contractions and that alone can dilate you up to a couple cm. But if baby is getting low enough to do that labor generally isn't far away. Especially for first time moms. Me on the other hand, where this is my 3rd baby I could sit at 4+cm dilated for a couple weeks before actually going into labor because my body has already been through it twice.

I hope that answered your question. I would imagine the 1cm dilation is probably from baby being low, because if I remember right the dr could actually feel the baby's head at your last visit. But that is a good sign either way because your body IS progressing and your baby boy is getting ready to make his exit!

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I'm glad you get your water birth! I'm curious though--why won't your midwife be signing the certificate if you go before 37 weeks? Will she be away?

Roni--I didn't think I was having contractions, but it turns out, I was. I kept having these period-like pains--very, very mild--for over a week before my waters broke. As a FTM, how was I to know that those were contractions? Anyway, in that period, I lost my mucus plug, but didn't know it, and had dilated to 6 cm by the time I got to the hospital, so I must have been dilated for quite a few days earlier. So maybe your contractions are presenting themselves in a different form?

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Your correct. My Ob said she can feel his head but at the appointment I asked if he dropped any. She said no. Weird right. Well a week or do back a different Ob said he may never drop all the way because of his head being big. So who knows.. Thanks for the info

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"clio" wrote:

So maybe your contractions are presenting themselves in a different form?

Well I have had very mild period aches on and off. One was pretty intense but nothng like contractions. So I guess that is what's making me progress Wink one minute I feel like lil man will come early then I think. He will make me wait right up to the end Smile I have dreams about him every night now. Wink he has a head full Of dark hair & my dimples. Of course DH wants him to look just like him with my little eye color Wink for me I don't care who he looks like as long he his healthy Wink

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My midwife is a licensed midwife with our state so legally she can't deliver a baby before 37 weeks at home. But her assistant isn't licensed so she doesn't have to follow the state laws exactly. I would just have to sign a wavier talking full responsibility for anything that happens by choosing to stay home to birth a baby that is "premature" according to gestation date. It's basically to cover her butt, my butt, and get away with being able to birth baby's that will be perfectly healthy baby's born around 37 weeks.

NOW saying that I DO NOT want a baby born at 37 weeks. lol. There are health issues that can still arise that I just don't want to deal with. In some womens cases a 37 week baby is perfectly healthy, heck in my SIL's case a 36 week baby is a perfectly healthy baby. It's just nice to know that I could still have my baby at home if I did happen to go into labor. If baby needs a little assistance my midwife can do the simple things while we get to the hospital that is 5 minutes away from us.

Just have to clarify this one more time though. lol. I really REALLY hope he stays in till 38 weeks at the soonest! I know the longer he is in there the better.