Update: The midwife called me this afternoon. GD test went well - my number was 96, so passed by a wide margin. Iron levels were good - I'm not anemic. And I'm RH- with no positive antibodies, so I'm all set for a Rhogam shot. So it's all good!
Well, for those that read my other post, I just want to say that the dentist went well!! The kids all did great. So, next week they are all getting their eyes checked (well the older 3 anyway).
Then onto the midwife. Right away when I got there, they had me drink the "glucose stuff" so that my hour could start. Wow, that stuff really is nasty. Now I remember why I opted out last time!! Then onto my official baby check. Urine was good. Only gained 2 pounds (which puts me at a total of 33, but I'm glad it's starting to slow down - which is my "normal"). BP was 108/60. Baby girl was measuring 26.5 weeks (but midwife says I have a long torso and thinks baby hangs out a bit to my sides). She had a really hard time finding baby's heartbeat. Baby girl was wiggling all over the place, so we knew she was alright, but we just couldn't locate the heartbeat. Finally she found it low down and in the center. She said it was a strange place to be at this stage in the pregnancy (usually it's a bit higher and off to the side), but, so be it! Oh, it was chugging along in the 130's. Then we had to hang around for another 30 minutes or so, so they could draw my blood for the 1 hour test, but it was super nice out today (in the 70's) and they have a little playground out back, so that was no big deal. Oh, and I don't have to go back for another month, and then we will start every 2-3 weeks.
Wow, great appt. Our lab won't even let us leave the building in our 1 hour wait! I can't imagine doing it even with ONE kid. You are super mom!
I hear you on the sugar drink. I sure was burping a bunch after I drank that. Ugh.
Well, that's one of the benefits of going to a stand alone birth center... all blood draws and testing of any kind is just done in the "waiting area." Basically, the birth center is a "house." When you enter you are in a small living room area. There is a couch, a toy corner, and a beautiful fireplace (although the fireplace is not used - it just has pine cones and candles in it. There is a reception area that you also see as you enter (has a cut out through the wall kind of like what you see with a kitchen and a breakfast bar?). After you pass that area there is a large "living area." There is a small kitchen area off to one side, a couple of big conference tables with chairs for classes and such, and also some big comfy chairs off to the side with a book case and a few more toys tucked in the corner. Off of the main area are two rooms that are used as exam rooms. Then there is a door that closes that leads to a hallway. There is an office and small lab back there, and the two birthing/recovery rooms. The birthing rooms are pretty much just like regular bedrooms. They have a regular bed and a small bathroom off to the side. One of the rooms has a large tub (but not a birthing tub). THe other bedroom has no tub, but you have the option to blow up a large birthing pool in that room. There is also a "massage" shower in a little area off of the hallway that can be used when in labor. Back to the main "living area." There are double french doors that lead to the large fenced in backyard area. They have a playground area for kids to play along one side. On another side there is a garden area. They have a tree with a reclining chair that swings and there is also a tire swing. There is also a bed outside, so that you can labor and even deliver outside if you wish!
Anyway, when I had Aidan, the only people even present at the birth center (because it was a night) were two midwives, and my husband and I. I walked around outside for the majority of my labor, and then as I got closer chose to head back to one of the bedrooms. It's REALLLY nice!! I wish I had had an option like this back when I lived in MI. Even here in NM, this place has only been open for about 2 years now. Aidan was the 14th baby born at the center. Just this past week they had birth #127 I think?
ETA: Oh, and when I have my appointments, my kids freely go outside and inside as they please for the most part. It is a HUGE perk!
Wow, that place sounds nice. Our midwife operates out of a big heritage house that sounds similar to what you're describing. A few midwives share the building and they have a birthing suite downstairs. It's SO nice. Big tub, birthing pool too! My friend's daughter was born there. Unfortunately I have to go to the hospital for my VBAC.