Big Red finally got time off of work! For this trip, we made sure to stop by Big Red's parents'. We headed out after a meeting he had on Monday and stayed the night with mom and dad. We had a special dinner and got to hang out with Carrie and the kids as well, and got some fresh fruit and applesauce to take home - gotta love it!
Tuesday we headed to Bakersfield after breakfast to see Brenda, our midwife. She's a traditional midwife and the appointment was much different than that with our previous midwife. For one, we met in her bedroom, on her bed.
This appointment pretty much covered the basics. She gave us some paperwork for us to fill out on personal and medical history information. We learned that the birth kit will be under $40. She measured my fundus (29") and used her stethescope to find the baby's heartbeat, which took a long time as the baby was hiding it right behind my arteries so it was difficult to hear over my pulse. She then checked my blood for iron to make sure I wasn't anemic. This only took a little prick so I didn't pass out. *;o) I also hopped on the scale. (I've gained around 20 pounds since getting pregnant.) No urine test this time because she didn't have any strips...not that I'm worried since we've banned sugar the last 20+ days.
The visit was very relaxing and welcoming. She loves to talk and tell stories and hopes to be considered a friend by the time the baby is born. When got fussy Big Red was able to walk out their door and check out the backyard and dog with her. It's definitely NOT like going to the Dr. No pressure, no waiting, no feeling inferior, no receptionist, no cold tables or cold hands.
From here on I'm planning on seeing my friend, Brenda's assistant, Christy, who lives in Whittier, for my prenatals. She'll either be coming here or I'll being going to her place. Christy recently became an official traditional midwife for all of you worried out there. She also has a chance of catching the baby if this one's labor is quicker, which I'm sure it will be quicker than 48 hrs.