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I'm 9 weeks pregnant :)

So far my biggest WTF moment was when my coworker asked "who's your Obstetrician?" and I said "I'm working with CNM Alice" and she was like "yeah, but who's your doctor?" and I repeated myself like three times that a doctor will be consulted if need be, but that the CNMs I'm working with have only an 11% hospital transfer rate and a 5% c-section rate. My coworker turned around and stormed out of the room.

My first appointment is Nov 21st, and I'll learn which doctors they work with at some point, if I need to. About 9 years ago, my coworker was burned by her "plans for a natural childbirth in the hospital" that turned into a failed induction and cesarean; but all I can do is hope for the best.

Since I have the option, I'm not giving birth in a hospital- I'm giving birth at a birthing center, with lots of support and naturally proven evidence based strategies like moving around, climbing stairs, and eating during labor if I want. These are my choices.

Don't rain on my parade!


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Nov. 10th, 2011 07:18 pm (UTC)
I had no choice and had to go the OB route but man, birthing centers are awesome.
I drove my hospital staff nuts, ate during the labor, wouldn't hold still for their monitoring, etc. I felt bad for them. LOL
Nov. 10th, 2011 09:41 pm (UTC)
I had my baby at home and I'm a student-midwife (homebirth midwife too) and my dad was totally appalled that I would have a baby at home. Actually, I was very appalled at how often people told me that I was making a bad decision.
It was heinous how much people enjoy sticking their nose where it don't belong!
Good for you mama, trust your body and birth yer baby naturally!
Nov. 11th, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
"Actually, I was very appalled at how often people told me that I was making a bad decision." i am usually appalled at how few people bother to educate themselves properly on the topic. the ACOG is not a god!
Nov. 11th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
also not a god: TLC, LOL!
Nov. 14th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know what ACOG stood for until nursing school. A lot of hospital routines seem more convenience- and routine-based than evidence-based. Most obvious example: pushing laying flat on your back in the bed after not moving for hours or drinking even water?
Nov. 14th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
My CNMs do a lot of home births too! It's just as safe and less interventions sounds good to me... for some reason our insurance covers a birthing-center birth but not a home birth, and our neighbors would ask a lot of questions.

I'm not going to "try" to have it naturally, I'm setting myself up with a fantastic network of support to do so. Regardless of what happens, I know I'm getting the best prenatal care possible and I'm so happy about it :)
Nov. 14th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
good for you! <3
Nov. 10th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
First of all, congratulations!

I admit I'm mostly amazed that you're only 9 weeks and already telling coworkers. :)

FWIW though, there is nothing incongruous about a natural childbirth in a hospital, depending on the facility. At my hospital, they have birthing balls, squat bars, no rules about eating, don't even put in a heplock if you aren't planning to use it, standard protocol is that baby goes straight to mom's chest, etc.

Birthing centers are, of course, fabulous if you have the option. Trust your body -- it'll be amazing!

ETA: I like the turn questions like that around to a question for them, eg, "What do you think I'll need a doctor for?"

Edited at 2011-11-10 10:24 pm (UTC)
Nov. 10th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't have otherwise, but I'm a registered nurse, so I had no option but to tell my coworkers on day 1 after finding out I'm pregnant. I'm not taking care of shingles or tuberculosis patients for a while!
Nov. 11th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
I'm an RN also and you would not believe the number of my coworkers who straight up laughed when I said I was having a natural birth at a birth center. "Oh sure, wait till labor hits, you'll be asking for drugs quick!" Um, first of all, it's not my first baby, bitch. And second, one of the reasons I chose a birth center was to take away that option.

Take care, mama. Ask for help when you need it at work (was hard for me to do sometimes, because we are expected to "do it all"!)
Nov. 14th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
Most of my coworkers have been supportive. I didn't go in a TB patient's room yesterday for a random non-nursing request, and an aide looked at me funny because she "didn't find out she was pregnant until 7 months and her baby turned out fine" but... TB is a big deal and I can't take any meds if I were to fall sick. Our floor is busy but I'm focusing on staying really, really hydrated. Our charge nurse and nursing supervisor make sure we all get lunch breaks when we work too. So far so good!
Nov. 20th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
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