I’m starting to feel like some of these appointments are a bit of a waste, but I should just be thankful I’m not high-risk.
On February 18, 2011 I had my fourth doctor appointment. I took my husband with me, because I was supposed to do an hour long glucose test and I didn’t want to be lonely. But because I was on 19 weeks (not 20) the doctor said we would do it at the next appointment.
So all that happened was peeing in a cup, recording my blood pressure, the baby’s heart rate, and I got to ask some of my questions. I did get some good answers, so that was useful.
- I asked about episiotomies, laboring at home, and the policy regarding IVs. She quickly quamed my fears about episiotomies – they are not a part of standard procedure.
- The doctor also said it would be fine for me to labor at home for as long as a I can. I feel comfortable with this because the hospital is only 3 miles away, and my doctor office is only 1 mile away. She told me that if I choose to stay at home I would need to call in to the office and have “check-ins” and that they would advise on when to go to the hospital.
- The doctor also said that the IV situation will depend on the circumstances. It would be fine to have the kind that isn’t attached to a cart if every thing is going well, that way it is there if we need it, but not restrictive.
I also asked about birthing classes, but I wanted to get ya’ll’s opinions. Did you do a birthing class, or do you think you will when that time comes? What type did you do?