I loved it so much! I have been with a group of midwives+ hospital for my first two births and I really wanted something more intimate this time around. I have found the PERFECT birthcenter and midwife and I am over the moon excited! We toured the facility today and it is seriously like a 5 star hotel. I can't imagine a more beautiful or comfortable place to have a baby! King size bed, full jetted tub, standing shower with a sauna-style chair in it, victorian decor & marbel countertops? Don't mind if I do! Plus I can birth IN the tub there, which I wasn't allowed to do at the hospital. I had to get out when it was time to push and that was really jarring.
And the checkup was great! We talked for about an hour and it was just so fulfilling. Then she did a physical exam and didn't even have to poke around long at all to find my uterus. She said it's a good 3-4 fingertips above my pelvic bone and very prominent. She suspects nothing but great things! They'll do an HCG workup just for good measure since I had a M/C in the summer and that'll help me know that I'm for sure on track. Anyway, I'm just so thrilled to have taken such a wonderful step down a new path! The next checkup is at 10 weeks (april 4th) for the HB with the doppler. Unless I start having weird bleeding or cramping or anything, I am choosing not to do any other USes aside from the 20 week because I just know way too many women who have had BAD news from early ultrasounds, freaked out and worried for a week, only to come back and see everything is fine. My midwife totally agrees; it's inaccurate way too often and who needs that kind of stress if there are no other indicators that something might be wrong?! (IMO)
Anyway, three cheers for midwifes and birthcenters! AND for sweet squishy babies!
I wish you luck as you all start with your first appts and whatnot and for those waiting on BFPs!