Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Breath of Fresh Air

I had an appointment today with one of the CNM (certified nurse midwives) and I am just so thrilled! Even sitting in the waiting room was a great experience. Instead of people complaining about the wait or talking about the bedside manner of various OBGYN's, two women and I talked about how nice people were here and I listened to them talk about how happy they were with their last (both unmedicated) birth experiences. One said that the midwife actually stayed with her for the entire labor, even though she only went in at 2-3cm.

The midwife consulted the OB on my chart and history. They do want to repeat my glucose test that was screwed up by the other clinic (because they forgot about me and left me in the waiting room for an hour and 45 minutes- instead of an hour after the sugar drink- until I finally went up and asked them when they planned to draw my blood... I will continue...and then they proceeded to make me wait for a total of three hours, FASTING since the night before, and I STILL never saw the OB. I digress...) My cervix is still nice and closed, so these contractions are still not causing any problems. They did the Fetal Fibronectin test today, which will tell them if there is a risk of preterm labor in the next two weeks. I should have the results back today. If positive, we'll know to really really take it easy and start taking major precautions. If negative, I'm good to go! My belly is measuring right at 30 weeks, so I'm on target there. The baby is now head down, which may change-- this little sucker seems to like to do a weekly flip! Believe it or not, I am a PERFECTLY NORMAL PREGNANT WOMAN!!

The midwife saw me for about 40 minutes, herself. I was able to ask questions and talk to her without feeling rushed. She was amazing. I have a feeling that I am going to leave every appointment hoping that the midwife I just saw will deliver my baby. They encourage you to have a birthplan, heck, they even give you a sheet of ideas and possibilities for choices during labor. They want to to know what your preferences are for labor and after the birth. They talk and listen. AND, they will watch me closely and even did the Fetal Fibronectin test as a precaution and will repeat it in 2 weeks. I am very happy and I feel much more confident! Now, let's just get me to at least 34 weeks and I'll be home free!

**By the way, my test came back negative!**

No comments: