Midwives

Friday, April 06, 2007
Tonight we met with the midwives at NW Community Midwives. There were three midwives altogether, and we met at their office, which is in a lovely cottage owned by one of the midwives in Ladd's addition. We talked for about 45 minutes--most of the time they answered questions we had about home births. We left feeling even more comfortable about doing a home birth, and as long as I have a healthy pregnancy, there is no reason why I shouldn't birth at home. Home births for healthy and normal pregnancies are just as safe as hospital births, with much less intervention. The midwives leave all the decisions up to you, and do not enforce any of their own routines on you or the baby after its birth. You choose if you want Vitamin K administered, vaccines, bathing, etc. Prenatal appointments are 60 to 90 minutes long, and they do all the labwork right in their home office. Other tests/screenings like ultrasounds or ultrascreens are referred out, just as they are when you see an OB-GYN. After the baby is born, they continue seeing you in your home until the baby is 6 weeks old. Landon's leaving on a business trip next week, so the second consultation appointment I have with a second group of midwives will be while he is away. After we decide which midwife to go with, we will book our first prenatal appointment.

Pregnancy Notes: Today was a difficult day. I started getting a true migraine in the late morning, and by early afternoon, I was experiencing a full-blown migraine. I only get migraines when I'm pregnant. Laying on the futon in a fetal position, I had a pillow over my head to block out the sunlight. Samuel would come up to me and say, "Mommy sad" and "Mommy hurt." At one point, I thought I was going to get sick, the migraine was so bad, but then it was time to go to the midwife appointment, and somehow I managed to get out to the car (Landon drove) & started to feel better as time went on. After the appointment, we went out to dinner at our favorite bento place in SE. Afterwards, my migraine was gone. What a relief! By the time we got home, I started getting a bout of evening nausea. I tend to get a wave of nausea in the earlier part of the day, and another wave in the evening. I took a hot bath with aromatherapies, and am headed to bed soon for some much needed rest. Almost 6 weeks pregnant...already!

Karli

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