I kind of want to know how much this office is charging my insurance for these weekly appointments.
Peed in cup.
Blood pressure, good.
Baby’s heart rate, good.
Sugar levels, great.
Fundal measurement “2 cm” ahead.
At our pre-natal class that we’re taking at the hospital we are planning to have the baby in, the teacher (who is a LD nurse at that hospital) said that we’re allowed to labor in several positions, and that we’re allowed to give birth in any of several positions.
At the perinatologist he seemed to imply that my only option was on my back with my legs up.
But I brushed it aside, because someone who works in the hospital everyday would know what’s allowed in that hospital.
I have hip problems – which is why this is a big concern to me. I know that giving birth isn’t comfortable, but I’m hoping to be able to try several positions so that I can find the most comfortable position, to not put so much strain on my hips.
The doctor I saw today said that there are two options, but both of them involve being on your back with your legs in stirrups.
But then he tried to make it better by saying “the stirrups can be positioned to take the strain off of your knees”… well… that’s nice. I just said my hips hurt.
I feel like I’m going in circles. I am seeing six different medical professionals (4 doctors, 1 perinatologist, 1 diabetes specialist) and it kind of seems like… none of them are talking to each other. One doctor will say “Our goal is a natural birth” and the next week the doctor says “You will be induced at 39 weeks.”
I am sure some of your are getting sick of this merry-go-round, and to be honest it’s kind of making me dizzy.
The doctors keep referring to “the standard of care” and that it says “xyz” and it says “this and that”. And that’s all well and good. I’m glad there is some kind of standard. But the problem with this is that people don’t come in “standard” packages. Why should I be treated the same way as some one who failed the diabetes test a lot worse than I did.
I wish the doctors would ask me what I want, what my hopes, my expectations are… or at least listen to me when I say what they are… instead of just telling me what they do with every one else. I thought it was bad feeling like a number in college, but it is even worse feeling like a number when it comes to your health.
Honestly… I’m trying to not let it bother me any more. I just hate that I’ve become apathetic about my own medical care.
And the work countdown is: 3 days left!!!