Well, we finally got the g'head for our eagerly anticipated home birth!
Apparently my heart misfires...but it's a normal abnormality if that makes sense...so yay we got the clearance from a cardiologist! So Juanita (one of the midwives) came out to the house today and we went thru what to expect etc etc...I am so excited!
DH's parents were here too, so they were able to meet one of our midwives at least. But they approve, so that's good!
I had a few questions about homebirth...so here are the answers...
Yes, the midwives are highly trained.
Yes they put us at the center of the birth, not on the outskirts.
Yes, they work with us as part of the team, instead of excluding us in the team process.
Yes, they facilitate water birth, any position birth, and are open to what we feel comfortable with.
Yes, they clean up afterwards (and make dinner, and make sure baby's nursing, and mom and dad are good, they they tuck you in tight and leave)
Yes they do follow up visits, one day, four days after birth at home, then two months down the road at their office.
Yes, they have wonderful relationships with the OB's and Peds at the hospital, as well as the emergency staff, so should there be any sort of emergency, they are calling ahead making arrangements and getting you and/or baby where they need to be....they're not afraid of asking for help if needed.
No they don't work in high risk births.
Yes they had lots of school, and hands on training.
Yes they are regulated by the state...very heavily.
Yes they massage/touch/accupressure as you are comfortable with.
Yes, they are there for more than just catching the baby, they come when you call and stay till you are ready for them to leave.
Yes, they can do all the tests right there (apgar, eye ointment, vitamin k)
No, they don't circumcise.
I think that was it for now!
I will keep you updated!
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Just kidding! We have had visitors again!
As you all know, I love to entertain and host, so this is never a problem!
DH's dad retired at the first of March, and since then, I think they've been on the road half that time! They are busy playing catch up visiting all the places they never had time to go to before! It works well for us b/c they put us on the itinerary...TWICE! They just turned on Gertie (the GPS) and away they went!
So, they finally made it into town a week or so ago...we put both of them to work! DH had DAD working in the garage, and I had Ma helping me with Shi's quilt blocks. (hey, soemthing's gotta keep me busy till I get all my blocks!) The kids LOVED it!
Hurricane loved helping dada and papa in the garage, and Rain just loved gramma and grampa doting over her...she got to play games with grandma, and grandpa took her to school. Then one afternoon, mom took a nap, and she woke up at 3.45! I came flying out of my bedroom, wild eyed and wild haired. Mom and Dad were in the kitchen and all I could say was "Rain"....well grandpa had picked her up from school and taken her to play practice, all while I slumbered away! Thanks papa!
Then one night, Rain got this wild hair (literally) to do papa and Hurricane's hair....here are the results.... what you have to understand is that a) dad's hair never has one piece out of place. b) you can't see it, but there is so much pomade in his head that there are white spots in his hair...think "something about mary". and in the back of his head, well it's just a white blob! So bless his heart for being a sport! As soon as Raine went to bed that night, dad was in the shower!
Other than the regular putzin around, we didn't do much...I cooked, we ate, and overate, and I got harrassed for using every dish and tool in my kitchen...I have earned the title of cooking like Gma Locker! Well, she's a good cook, so I guess thats a compliment now then isn't it?
They are due in town again this weekend to spend Mom's Day with us and then head back home for a week or two before they start the next road trip!
But here's one last pic of the kids and papa....just to send you off with!
We have six weeks left...well five and a half but who's counting right? The baby is developing well and mom is doing fine! This pregnancy has gone by so fast! We have made the decision to birth the baby at home, in a tub, with the assistance of two midwives. I am beside myself with excitement, but mostly relief! Finally a birth the way I want, in the comfort of my own home! Questions? ASK!!! I'm more than happy to tell!
Anyway...the approaching deadline brings about another deadline...that of the quilt blocks! You guys...let me tell you how excited I am with the way this has come out so far! I am sending pics b/c I am SO proud at what you all have done! For those of you working on yours, I am looking to have them all by the 15th of May...that gives me a month to put the quilt together! happy quilting!
Here are just a few pics of the blocks I've received so far! Blogspot wont' let me publish them all individually like I wanted to, but I think you can zoom in on the pic with all of the blocks and see them a little better.
Well that's all for now...I've got Shi's quilt I'm working on and DH's parents coming into town Thursday, so guess I better jet!
Love you all!