As you know I have a midwife. For those of you who don't know what a midwife is or never had one for your babies all I have to say is they are FABULOUS. Well trained, knowledgeable, supportive, comforting, fabulous human beings. Frankly if it was up to me, ALL women would see a midwife FIRST and THEN if complications arise they would be transferred to a doctors care. I just love how the midwives treat pregnancy like a natural part of being human. I love how they call you to make sure everything is well. I love how they come to your house for a visit. I love how they offer you ALL the options so you feel like you are FULLY INFORMED about what is going on and WHY things are done. They give you choice without pressure but still offer sound medical opinion. They are not tree hugging hippie weirdos. O.K some maybe :), but most are women who have been there and done that and have done their homework.
Just a thought to ponder....
As I am officially a week overdue I now have to consider the possibility of induction at 42 weeks. So...off to the Dr's office I went for a consultation because if I were to be induced I would be showing up at the hospital and transferred to a physicians care. The midwife will still be with me and by my side as support and advice and may even be able to still catch the baby n' stuff if all is 'normal' ,but officially I would be the dr's responsibility.
I had my chance to ask the doctor ALL of my questions and I'll be honest...He confirmed to me just how much I REALLY don't want to be induced. Here in our area they do things a little differently than the last place I delivered and was induced. Although I will have ultimate say on what happens and they will not do anything without my consent, I can't imagine this being my first delivery and just going with their procedures. I would be as blindsided and disillusioned as my FIRST delivery.
Without boring everyone with the details, I'll just say that I'm so glad I know what to expect, what will happen and even more glad to know that I have a CHOICE and a SAY as to what will happen to MY BODY and MY BABY.
I'll give you a LITTLE idea of what I am talking about...
After the nurse checked my pee, weighed me and carted me into a tiny cold room she handed me a gown and told me to strip down as the Dr. would want to check my cervix. When I informed her that I did not want nor need him to check me as I was checked by my midwife 2 days prior, had a stretch and sweep and was 2cms dilated and that if I was to go into labor in the next five minutes it would be my MIDWIFE to deliver and not the dr, and that he would not be inducing me until NEXT WEEK and by THEN I'm sure my cervix would be changed and the state of my cervix TODAY is really irrelevant.... She looked at me like I had 3 heads and said....." Then what are you Here for??"
Well my dear I am here for a CONSULT about what to expect NEXT WEEK if I don't go into a labor, to MEET the Dr. who would be delivering the baby and WHAT the procedures are. NOT for a strange man to stick his fingers in my vagina for absolutely no reason whatsoever. K????
Needless to say I did NOT expose my inner privates to a strange man, but I DID get all my questions answered and he was really nice about the hippie midwife loving 10month pregnant lady in his office. Too bad that he will be on vacation next week and I'll probably get some other doctor who does things COMPLETELY different than him.
O.K I'm finished now....
Just keep praying I go into labor NOW and all this can be avoided.