Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Our Appointments with Our Midwives

Sidenote to my pregnancy posts:  As I post I plan to be completely honest about my feelings and thoughts as we ride this rollercoaster into parenthood.  I plan to use this blog as a way for me to process this journey.  Thanks for taking the time to read.

Since we've chosen to use a midwife I've been in love. The babe and I have had three appointments so far.  I feel blessed that John has gotten to go to two of them, so I only had to do one solo.  I haven't felt there is anything extra I could be receiving from an OB/GYN, but since I haven't seen one for pregnancy I can't honestly compare the two.  Here's a video that does.  I think it is valuable to know that I am experiencing a low-risk pregnancy.  My views might be different if we had complications or if we run into complications in the future. We have met two of the bunch that we could potentially have for our delivery. I'm oddly still okay with not knowing who we'll have during delivery. We have been treated with respect and kindness at all of our appointments. I appreciate that they treat me as if I know my own body and they are respectful when I'm asking for more information. They have both seemed very knowledgeable and personable to me. John has only met Amy Brandl, but he will get to meet Aszani Stoddard at our next appointment.

Our first appointment was long, but I expected that going in from what I read online.  We got in promptly and we're seen by a nurse first who took my vitals (weight, height, blood pressure, some other notes) The nurses at Meadowbrook have all been very nice as well.  We waited for a little while after the nurse was done and then Amy came in.  She went through our medical history, a little bit about what we could expect from our pregnancy, some information about the midwives and then did my physical exam.  I'd say she performed a full physical, emphasis on pregnancy including an internal exam, pressing on my uterus and a breast exam.  She told me that unless there are complications/questions I probaby won't have to have another cervical exam until very close to the end.  I also had to pee in a cup and give blood samples at this appointment.  She used a doppler to try to hear the heartbeat, but she couldn't find it.  She told me it was hard that early, plus my uterus is tilted backwards so that makes it even harder.  It was a bit of a bummer.  I would say the whole appointment took at least an hour if not longer than that, but we weren't left waiting for too long at any point and time.  We made our twelve week appointment right there and we were on our way.

John was able to come with to the twelve week appointment, but not the sixteen week.  Both appointments were relatively short, basically a check in.  I had to wait a little longer in the waiting room this time (5-10 after appointment time), but these appointments were in the morning as opposed to the afternoon.  Our next one will be in the afternoon as well.  I am anxious to see if afternoon appointments are quicker.  I had to have my vitals checked each time by a nurse.  The midwife came after the nurses were done and asked how I was doing, looked at my vitals and listened to the baby's heartbeat.  They also offered any testing that was appropriate for the time we were at in our pregnancy and informed us of what would be happening in the upcoming weeks.  They also took the time to answer any questions I had brought with.  These appointments with wait time last 45 minutes to 1 hour.  I scheduled our next appointments and was on my way.  At the last one I got to schedule our 20 week ultrasound appointment too.  I'm so excited about that one!

Overall I've been very satisfied with our midwives.  It is possible for me to meet others, but I'd have to drive further to other clinics, so I might just stick with the two I enjoy.  

Feel free to check out this post for more information regarding midwifery and OB/GYN.

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