Friday, July 20, 2007

Midwife Appointment

We saw Simona yesterday and actually had to wait before getting in. *:oO (The wait was less than 10 mins.)

After my weight and Dixie cup test, we sat in her office to discuss the due date and birth plan. It was nice to be able to sit with her and ask questions on some of the issues we weren't sure about. In talking about the due date she mentioned the "specialist" wasn't sure about my old ultrasounds as the doctors who perform them in their office aren't as trained as he is. *I don't think I will comment on his pride after my posting about my appointment with him.

As I'm supposedly due any day we went over signs of labor again and when to call her. If my water breaks - call her. If I get contractions 4 mins. apart - call her. If we have any concerns - call her. She also recommended getting primrose oil pills to help soften my cervix. I'm to take 3 pills at different times of the day and then at night to insert 3-4 pills in my birth canal. I'm not sure how I feel about this...

With our birth plan, she mentioned purchasing a fluid enema kit just in case I don't get it all out prior to the second stage of labor. Since the plan is to have the baby in the tub, it's probably not the best idea to accidentally poop in the water while pushing the baby out.

I told her about the information I found on the vitamin K shot possibly causing childhood leukemia. (Big Red let me know that as soon as I stated, "I read it on the internet", all trust in the information was gone.) Both Big Red and I were still convinced enough to sign a waiver. It was interesting that the waiver stated that there is a problem with clotting in 1 in 4,000 babies...yet they give this shot to everyone because an excess couldn't POSSIBLY do any harm.

We also discussed the eye ointment. She mentioned it would be something she would wipe on the baby an hour or so after the baby was born so we'd have ample time to bond. *After our talk Big Red mentioned he thought it might be a good idea to give the baby since we don't know what STDs previous women had and what's in the water, etc.

Another huge issue was the timing on cutting the cord. I still didn't understand how all of a sudden our blood could mix, so she explained it. As soon as the baby is born the placenta starts to detach from the uterus. Once it starts detaching then the mother starts bleeding. She insisted that we cut the cord as soon as possible so the baby wouldn't get a fatal form of jaundice. I mentioned the back-flow I'd read about, but she had never heard of that happening.

Once we made a payment we followed her into the exam room. She had a lady who was training to be a midwife in Denmark with her. I had my blood pressure taken, the heart beat found, and they examined to baby to see if the head was down (it is!). After measuring my fondus and checking my cervix (ouch!) Simona came to the realization that I'm still measuring everything for 35 weeks and I'm not close to starting labor.

Simona also gave me the GBS test, which she said 1 of 4 women test positive. She also explained that usually she would have the woman go home and place garlic in her birth canal for a week and that only one of her patience that has done this has ever come back positive and this was because she only had the garlic for 3 days. As I was supposed to be 38 weeks, farther than recommended to take the test, she wanted to do the test this week without the garlic.

This subject became more interesting as she asked the lady in training if they tested every mother for this in Denmark. No, they don't. They only test the mothers who have had GBS in the past and the women who's water breaks early (usually a sign of the bacteria). They discussed this further as I got ready for an exam. When Simona came back she explained they discovered WHY there was the difference of procedure. In the US, if you haven't been tested, the doctors treat you and your baby as if you have tested positive. *I think I'd like to move to Denmark.

The results from last week noted that I'm NOT anemic and I have NO antibodies for the Rh.

Another waiver that we were to sign was for pictures and videos. It stated that the birth center would be taking all the pictures and video for the actual birth and could use it for whatever they wanted. Even though Simona said she's not going to be posting our birth video on-line, I still wasn't comfortable signing a waiver stating I was okay with her doing so. Therefore, we won't have any pictures or video of the birth because if they can't take it, then we can't take it. Fine with me! We're still able to take pictures and video during labor and after the baby comes, which is when I'll probably be most comfortable taking pictures.

As the day resulted in convincing us that I'm really 35 weeks and not 38, my next appointment is in 2 weeks. Yeah for logic!

Big Red also went to his doctor yesterday to get his blood work results. He is Rh+ (big surprise!) and perfectly healthy. The doctor even told him his cholesterol was low and to go home and eat as much bacon as he wanted.


Flo Oakes said...

My midwife never tested for GBS, because she said it can change either way at any time, so why test? She would rather look for signs of a history of vaginal infections, early water breakage, fever, etc.
I was nervous about GBS since she didn't test about it, wish I had known about the garlic, I would have TOTALLY done that!!!!!! (at least it would have made me worry a little less:)

Milehimama said...

I've had 7 babies, and an enema with #2. It was miserable! I don't know at what stage of labor you are planning to use it, but the earlier the better - you don't want gas pains/diarrhea and then have labor contractions on the toilet!

We use garlic to cure ear infections at our house. It really works! I would definitely get a good GBS test. In 1983, they didn't test routinely for it, and my little sister died from it. Although it is true that a woman can test negative, and then get it; or test positive one pregnancy and then negative later on!

Mama Says

The Homeschool and Etc. Blog said...

I've NEVER had a vaginal infection, early water breakage or any sign AT ALL of GBS, but tested positive in my fifth pregnancy with no symptoms. Just FYI.

I don't know what toilet seat I caught it from, and I'm not sleeping around either. They *say* that you just kind of get it in yourself or something and I'm not really sure I follow that. But I did have it. I will have to ask my OB about the garlic though.. um... wouldn't that get stuck or something? OK maybe I will not ask my ob and get the IV instead LOL!

Mrs. C