As of tomorrow, I’m 37 weeks pregnant, meaning I’m considered full term despite the fact that the little man isn’t technically due until October 16th. There has been so much going on around here lately in regards to this baby, so I wanted to touch on a few things that we’ve been planning for.
Labor and delivery is something I wish I would have researched from day one. However, I didn’t feel so passionately about it until last week, and I’ve spent SO much time trying to sort everything out since then that my head is spinning.
I began my pregnancy seeing my regular OB/GYN. It’s a group practice, so you’re constantly rotated from Dr to Dr, but seeing how I only really went to the office for an annual check-up, I never really had much experience with that. Since I recently began my weekly appointments, I started noticing that none of the OBs really knew my name or even bothered to read my chart – instead, they would just ask me “have we done this yet?”. Then, I realized that at 36 weeks, they hadn’t even told me what to do when I go into labor and when I asked a question or raised a concern, it was always brushed under the rug and left unanswered by anyone other than Google (who actually told me to ask my OB)!
I’ve wanted a natural birth since day one, but in the back of my mind I knew I was open to an epidural if the pain became too much. From what I’ve read and after talking to other mammas, I realized that this meant I was getting the medicine for sure. After doing some research rather late in the game, I realized that some of the medicine frequently used in hospital births can actually cause fetal distress, leading to those life or death situations that typically wouldn’t occur in a natural birth. After weighing my options and getting John on board, I decided that I wasn’t open to intervention unless it REALLY was a life or death situation for the baby or myself.
At my last appointment, I asked my OB about a few things I was adamant about during my labor and delivery, and her answers proved that a hospital birth wasn’t for me. I left the office in tears and came home to find out I was going to be unable to switch providers with so little time left. However, after the help of an amazing friend of my husband’s (and midwife in training), we found a local birth center that would allow me to switch to their care and not only have the natural birth that I want, but a water birth (Bleubird’s birth story is a great read if you’re thinking of a water and/or home birth)! I had my first official prenatal appointment with my midwife today and it was AMAZING! Not to mention, he’s ready for launch – butt in the air, head down and feet happily kicking me in my side every chance he gets.
On a lighter note, if you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that the majority of my Sundays have been spent making baby bedding. This was actually my first big sewing project, so it has been quite exciting to say the least. Here are a few peeks at his room progress. We still have a lot to do before he evacuates my belly, but its coming along!
His bed and little friends.
And yes, we decided to announce his name!
Do you have any little ones or are you planning to in the future? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the different birthing options in the comments below!
Please note that I’m sharing my story not to convince you of anything, but to let you know that there are options outside of what your health care provider may tell you. It is your body and your baby, meaning you have the right to question everything that will be done to it!
Oh and happy Monday – this song has the ability to make you cry. Especially if you’re pregnant.