My email subscribers are probably wondering if I’m in the hospital right now.
I already mentioned this week when I posted my Bradley Method birth plan that I am technically “overdue” based on the ultrasound…which is, ahem…um…wrong. (Look out for bolts of lighting coming at you just for reading me disagreeing with the medical establishment!)
But I’m not giving birth yet. I missed posting in time for the afternoon email (my apologies!) because I had too many post ideas last night and wrote pieces of a bunch but didn’t finish anything! This morning I had my weekly OB appointment, a visit to the Farmer’s Market (right in the parking lot of the hospital where I’ll give birth! How awesome is that?!?) and a playdate with friends we don’t see nearly often enough.
I probably drive my OB nuts with the number of times I say “no.” As I detailed a few months back, there are quite a few prenatal norms to which I say “no thanks.” Tomorrow, in fact, at 39 1/2 weeks, I’m going to tell the good doctor “nah, no need” when he says it’s time for the standard 39 week internal exam. I just don’t want to know (and I don’t think my due date is right anyway).
Once the baby is born, not much will change. There are still many medical norms that I don’t see to be necessary.
Read the rest right HERE…
I wrote the post last week and pregnant-brain didn’t consider that I’d be a week further along when it posted…whoops.
Medical vs. Natural Birth
I also wanted to let my dear readers know that you were right. I’ve had a lot of commenters who encouraged me to find a midwife, who warned that sometimes even natural-minded docs end up “going medical” on you at the end, and I was just hoping for the best. Well.
Although timewise my due date is somewhere between the 12th and 19th of August (it’s only the 11th now), because my fundal height has been slowing down the last month and I am overdue based on the only due date he has on record, it’s been recommended that I get an internal exam, non-stress test and ultrasound.
The purpose is to make sure that my amniotic fluid isn’t low and that the baby isn’t experiencing restricted growth, both of which are of course, very bad.
I did feel like doc was “going medical” when he wouldn’t really listen to my personal due date. I wanted to say, “Are we people here, or computers?”
So I’ll be paying more attention to baby’s movement the next few days. I’ve already been taking note of some contractions and discomfort ever since last weekend, the day after I took a little risk and drove 2.5 hours one way to see my family visiting from around the country.
I haven’t wanted to call them contractions yet because mentally, I don’t want to commit. I still have granola soaking that needs to be finished. I still have a few homemade dressings I want to make to feel “ready.” I just bought 10 pounds of local blueberries to freeze and tomatoes for fresh salsa.
With a due date of August 12th at the earliest in my mind and two babies who were dead on with their dates, I just wasn’t mentally ready.
Now I’d rather get this labor going than have to make the call of ultrasound or no ultrasound come Monday! Phooey. My hunch is Monday, the Feast of the Assumption, anyway, so maybe it will all work out.
You know what else is interesting? I checked to see how much the ultrasound will cost, because quite quickly we’ll be paying 20% of all costs for this delivery. I couldn’t help but think, after hearing the numbers, that this child will already cost much closer to that $12,000 a year that the government is saying kids today will cost of which I wrote last week.
- $7,000 for a vaginal birth and 2-night stay for mom (as far as we can tell, that’s before an epidural or any drugs…phew! Another reason to go natural in this economy!!!)
- $1700 for baby for 2 days
- $700 for the ultrasound that may or may not tell us anything interesting
I’ve always carried small, yet had average to slightly above average sized babies (8 lbs even and 7 lbs 6 oz). I think I’ll go call my old OB’s office and have them look up my fundal heights in the last month of my previous pregnancies. More information can’t hurt, right?
I also just found Paul’s “bill” that we didn’t have to pay from 2005. Labor, delivery, pharmacy, surgery (including circumcision, I assume) and rooming only cost $3300! End of story. I am shocked and amazed at how much medicinal care has increased!!!
Thanks for listening to me ramble. Keep watching Facebook and Twitter (with the hashtag #ksbaby) for updates on labor, these tests, and baby boy Kimball’s arrival! I can’t wait to introduce him to you!
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