I can't believe another post-less week has gone by. I did manage to write and mail my Christmas cards last week and finish my Christmas baking with my mom this weekend, so it hasn't been a total write-off.
I'm 19 weeks pregnant today and we finally have our ultrasound booked for the end of the month. Although I love hearing the bean's heartbeat, I can't wait to see him or her up there on the screen and have the technician tell me that the babe is healthy, and of course confirm that there is in fact only one babe. I have no reason to believe otherwise, but confirmation is always a good thing.
My brother's girlfriend is also pregnant, and due just a month after us, its going to be baby central in our family this spring. I was shocked and a little jealous when she told me that not only has she already had an ultrasound, she's already had two. She is going to a maternity clinic and they have a small ultrasound machine in the office so they can peek in on the babe at every visit.
One of the pluses of a maternity clinic I guess. Where we live, residents have access to basic medical care including access to doctors, hospitals and prenatal care which allows for a choice in a pregnancy care provider, at no additional fee.
The hubs and I have chosen a midwife as our pregnancy care provider of choice. Lori was recommended to us when we were pregnant with the boy and once we met her, there was no question about it, we knew she was right for us. I loved that even from our first meeting, I felt no pressure to continue with Lori, nor did I ever feel any pressure to undertake any specific tests or procedures. We discussed options and our preferences were always respected.
When I talk, Lori listens. I feel like she truly 'hears' what I have to say and she is always conscious and aware of both hubs and I's wants, fears and needs. When we went into the hospital to deliver the boy we never bothered with a written birth plan, we had verbally discussed everything with Lori and knew that she would be by our side to ensure nothing went askew. It was comforting to know that we wouldn't be at the mercy of unknown nurses and that Lori would be there throughout labour rather than just coming in at the last moment to 'catch' the baby. Midwives are also responsible for both mom and baby for 6 weeks postpartum; we had no awkward home visits from an unknown community nurse, instead we simply had the comfort of Lori.
As far as I'm concerned, midwifes are the way to go (although I recognize for some people, such as those in a high risk pregnancy, they simply aren't an option). Midwives spend their schooling and career (not just a few days a month) eating, sleeping and breathing babies. They study pregnancy and delivery in depth during their schooling and the entire premise of midwifery is informed choice.
Having an ultrasound every prenatal visit might be pretty damn cool, but its nothing compared to the comfort, repoire and peace of mind I have with my midwife. Thank you Lori.
If your in Richmond, Lori along with two other midwifes have now joined forces as the Richmond Midwifery Care Centre, if your in the lower mainland, check out Midwifes in Vancouver or for more information on Midwifery, including where to find a local Midwife in BC, check out the Midwifes Association of BC.