Weekly Appointments until Birth Day

by Rumour Miller on February 28, 2006

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We are now into our weekly appointment routine with our Baby Doctor. I just have to say that I really like our Doctor. He may be busy and at times appear scatterbrained…. he is informative, compassionate, straight to the point, funy and he remembers us. Even when he has seen 30 or more patients before us.

We had our regular (35 week) appointment yesterday and we decided that we wanted to start asking some questions about the upcoming labour and delivery. As Craig says, “We are nearing the point where this baby has to come out.” Doctor laughs, “of course, can’t stay in there.” This was by far the best appointment yet.

We discussed with him that we have some concerns. Aside from the obvious anxiety and pain that will go along with labour. We wanted to discuss and advise him that we are not opposed to a c-section delivery if that is what is required or recommended. Having gestational diabetes puts us at a higher risk or having a stillbirth, if not monitored or controlled. My sister had a stillbirth. My mother had c-section births. All things that the Doctor said were potential risk factors.

He also went on to say that at the end of the day his primary concern is for the baby. So if that requires a c-section delivery than that is what he will do. He said, “in your case this baby is extra special, it wasn’t easy getting you pregnant and I like to do what I am comfortable with and I am comfortable with a c-section delivery.”

Obviously the preferred route is a vaginal delivery, but I do not have my heart set on a vaginal delivery. I have my heart set on a healthy baby girl in our arms, regardless of what delivery route she takes to get here.

There is so much “controversy” in our local paper right now about the rise in c-section births and how unnecessary it is and how it puts both mother and baby at risk. The thing that I wonder about these “authors” is 1) have you ever had a difficult vaginal delivery with a bad outcome? 2) do you know anyone close to you that has?

I don’t judge people for their opinions on this matter and I respect the decision they make as it is clearly the right decision for them. But for me, a c-section delivery, is definitly on my list of options.

He also took us over to the hospital for an ultrasound so we could see for certain that Miss Pea is in fact a Miss (no doubt about it now!) and he said it will give him a chance to see how she is doing and check her size and fluid levels. She is beautiful! She kinda looks pudgy to me which means she is gaining some fat. When the Doctor measured her head, Craig said, “looks like a big head.” The Doctor laughed and said, “yes, it does look like a big head. Everything looks perfect.”

She is measuring at about 37 weeks and 6lbs 15 ounces as per the ultrasound. So we will see in a few weeks where she weighs in at.

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BonnyT February 28, 2006 at 2:45 pm

Great news on the measurements, etc..I have a feeling you’ll go early.

Of what I’ve read, I tend to agree with the critics in regards to women, who have NO risk factors and this is their first birth, opting for a scheduled c-section so they don’t have to go through the pain of a vaginal birth. some doctors allow this (more in the states, I believe) and I just think it’s ridiculous.

But for other reasons, absolutely. Whatever the safest way for them to exit, the better, I say šŸ™‚

Jenna February 28, 2006 at 3:36 pm

Looks like little miss will be joining us sooner then later…already 6lbs 15ozs, wow! Can’t wait to see her! Glad to hear that everything is going smoothly.

mom March 1, 2006 at 4:55 pm

don’t believe everything you hear, c sections are important for high risks. after having 3 i hated the pain you endure for weeks after the delivery. vag delivery you forget as soon as the baby arrives and you can always ask for the epidural but stay with whatever the dr. recommends. c sections are almost always done 2 weeks early,, they don’t want the baby dropping down into the birth canel.. hey u were 2 weeks early.

Sindearella March 9, 2006 at 12:17 am

You have to be true to you and Craig do whatever is going to give you the best chance for a healthy baby. I wouldn’t spend a second more worrying about anything else.

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