30 Weeks

December 28, 2009 at 11:10 pm 5 comments

I had my third trimester review with the group’s birth counselor today, as well as my 30 week check up with the doctor.

I had tons of questions for the counselor, who is also a certified nurse-midwife and doula.  I was very pleased with the answers, and it just confirmed to me that we’ve made the right choice in group and wanting a natural hospital birth.  One of the things I was most concerned about was getting an IV, because it’s just something that I see as unnecessary and leads to more interventions.  I was happy to hear that IV’s are not routine, unless you have tested positive for Strep B.  I will be able to drink clear liquids during labor, and she recommended popsickles and Italian ice.  I’ve always loved Italian ice, in fact I want some right now…  The labor and delivery rooms are private rooms with showers, and walking around and different birth positions are encouraged.  In fact, last week a baby was delivered on the floor of the bathroom because that’s where the mom was comfortable.  The doctors are supportive of whatever the mom chooses, be it natural birth or choosing to have pain medication, so that was really encouraging.  She said I should plan to stay in the hospital for two nights for a regular delivery, during which time the baby can stay with me in my room and we can attend classes on breastfeeding and infant care, and there will be nurses to help me take care of the baby.  We discussed choosing a pediatrician and the genetic tests and medical treatments that the baby will receive shortly after birth.  We have decided to bank the cord blood and got information from different companies about that.  We also talked about birth classes offered through the hospital, and Ed and I will soon be scheduling our tour of the hospital and our day-long class there.  Finally, we talked about how far into labor to wait before going to the hospital, and that the group’s policy is to induce at 41 weeks, which of course I’m hoping to avoid.

As for the medical side of things, it was all good news.  The baby is head-down with a strong heartbeat.  I’ve gained 21lbs total, and my blood pressure was 112/76.  Glucose and protein levels were healthy, so everything was great.  They even described my pregnancy as boring, which I said I’ll take!

Overall, I’m really happy with how supportive the obstetricians have been toward our goal of a natural birth in the hospital, and I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little boy!

And in case you were wondering, there’s still no name yet!

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27 Weeks What’s in a Name?

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. laura  |  December 29, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Oh super news!!! My college roomie just delivered in Arizona at a hospital with very similar policies and that is soooo awesome! There just aren’t any in my area that will even consider being completely supportive of an unmedicated birth, let alone no iv!

    And yay… there’s no need to be exciting in pregnancy, right? 😀

  • 2. marriedtothefarm  |  December 29, 2009 at 3:29 am

    That’s great Abbie, so happy for you! 🙂

  • 3. everydaywomanusa  |  December 29, 2009 at 3:34 am

    Abbie, all good news!

    I’m SO happy for you and Ed. What an adventure you’re on; thanks for taking us all along for the ride!

    The next couple of months will go quickly, I’m sure, as we prepare for your new baby boy’s arrival!


  • 4. Amber  |  December 29, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    Boring pregnancies really ARE the best kind, I say. 🙂

    I’m glad that everything is going so well for you!

  • 5. Julie  |  January 7, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I’m glad to hear things are going well! You can pretend I didn’t say this, if it’s not what you want to hear…but they let me have tea and as many Italian ices as I wanted when I was in the hospital. It call came back up later. Someone told me after the fact that once you’re in labor, digestion stops…


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