I just called my OBGYN office (I just love him and the girls at the office) The nurse starts yelling yay into the phone and congrats. THen my dr heard them say my name and he popped onto the phone to say congrats and hello. lol
They gave me an appointment for next tuesday. To check blood and an exam, even though I just had my yearly in July. From there he will schedule the first u/s. So unreal going through this again even though I have two kids it always feels new to me.
So when does everyone else start going, I read that Heather already saw her midwife. Anyone else?
I wasn't really expecting to get pregnant so fast, and we won't have insurance till the first of the year, but that is still a lot sooner than I got started with the OB when I was pregnant with DS. So barring any complications probably when I am four months or so.
I'm headed for an u/s on Nov 5th and a midwife appt on Nov 8th. Mine is also between 8 and 10 weeks and I'll be right in the middle around 9 weeks when I go. Wish it was sooner!
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
My Ovulation Chart
There are cheap clinics and there is a midwife in her own birth center that I would like to see (but DH has out voted me, he wants a hospital birth). I can go to a doctor, and in reality my doctor isn't all that expensive for just a visit, but eh, they won't tell me a whole lot in the first trimester any how. If I start bleeding or something I will go in.
I am slightly against massive amounts of visits to the doctor. I had too many paps last time I was pregnant and an unnecessary colposcopy/biopsy. I thinks the number of well child visits is ridiculous, if it isn't an immunization visit or if the kid isn't sick, it's like they are making sure you aren't abusing your child. (a lot of the questions they ask are prodding the child into answering that you are either beating them even if you are not or that they are in need of pills to "fix" their personality.) Now I know I sound like I am crazy, but it's how I feel. I can tell that my child is growing and developing on track, why do I need more people in the mix? DS goes to the doctor when he is sick (I happily pay out of pocket, in fact he went to the dentist today.)
I am ranting, sorry.
But the fact is, I won't be getting genetic testing unless the big US shows that I need to, all they do at the first visits is track your weight, answer questions, and check your pee. Doesn't seem worth it to me.
(and we aren't all that poor, we actually make too much for most of the reduced income clinics, It is just cheaper to pay out of pocket for the one or two visits to the doctor per year than it is to pay for insurance... I am also confused and baffled as to how insurance companies ACTUALLY make money if people are going to the doctors all the time and surgery and cancer treatments [ha like they actually chip in a lot for those things] I am in favor of affordable healthcare without a ridiculous middle man who tells you which procedures you can have or not have.)
Sorry I get going on healthcare. Especially after working in it for four years, my opinion just gets worse.
Last edited by MJDttc; 10-11-2012 at 07:16 PM.
I hear what you're saying Mary. I do think the medical community is a bit into over testing sometimes. I can't believe they do so many well child visits to see if your child is being abused! That seems crazy for my part of the world, but obviously we live in different communities.
Can midwives in your community do hospital births? Our midwives have hospital privileged and even though I ended up with a OB doing my c-section last time, I still had a midwife there. They told me I will need to be at the hospital this time for a vbac and that they will need to transfer care to an OB for the actual delivery but they will be there for it all. Sometimes they even still catch the baby when the OB is there. I guess the OBs and the Midwives play nicely together here. I've heard it's not the same everywhere.
I hear ya on the genetic testing. We wouldn't be having it if my step daughter didn't have a missing section of a chromosome. She's 15 but is mentally 1.5 years old. Her life isn't a great one.
I go in Monday for bloodwork. The only reason I'm doing that is because I had low program when they tested me with my last preg. That ended in m/c and I was actually already m/c when they drew blood. I figure its most likely my prog was low due to an unhealthy preg but better to be safe than sorry. After that Ill probably have my first real appointment around 8 to 10 weeks. They'll do a dating u/s then too
I know that the hospital I will likely (if they don't close, as the entire city is switching onto massive hospitals instead of smaller ones) have this lo at does allow midwives. While I do still like my OB as a doctor (with out the excessive testing, I will surely be putting my foot down this time, stupid 20 year old me was a push over and knew nothing about healthcare), I want to go a natural route, which is why I would prefer a midwife. Working at this last hospital has put me off of many of the things I did in my last delivery. Inducement, epidural,being checked sooooo often, the nurse "accidentally" breaking my water when I told her to wait until the contraction was over, how many people were in the room. It wasn't a bad experience at the time, and if it was medically necessary I would do it again, but most of it wasn't. If I had held out in the pregnancy I wouldn't have gotten induced, I wouldn't have gotten an epi, and I wouldn't have been blacking out from the pitocen contractions. Nothing went wrong it was all very routine but like I said working at the hospital has put me off of a lot of things.
I have always hated needles (even seeing them on TV could give me a panic attack or make me sick), I drew peoples blood for four years (and if I don't go back to school I will likely do it again at some point), I saw sooooo many gals getting elective inductions it was silly. I helped the anesthesiologist and pain management team do a blood patch a couple months ago (I just drew the blood from the pt) but I was honestly about five seconds from passing out or vomiting, I went to help with this procedure voluntarily someone else could have gone, I had no idea that's what we were doing or I wouldn't have gone down for it. THIS alone has thrown it out of me to have another epi.
Again, I am sorry for the rant... Healthcare is a hot topic for me, I could go on for hours.