"Now, don't worry, but sometimes it takes us a little while to find the heart beat at this stage of gestation," my new midwife Amy cautioned me as she put the doppler to my already bulging belly.
Immediately we heard a fast flutter (in the 170's) from the lower right section.
I think it was safe to say that we found the baby :)
My kids were a tad disappointed not to see the baby on the screen, despite me reminding them several times that the Birth Center does not have an ultrasound machine.
I will actually be having an ultrasound at my next prenatal appointment, however, it will be at the hospital setting and there is no way I'm taking my wild kids with me to that one. They couldn't even get along and play with the provided toys at the birth center for 50 minutes!
So, if you haven't guessed yet, I'm one of those hippie crunchy moms who likes to do the natural birth thing (yes, without drugs!) under the care of a midwife and not an OB/GYN. Even though I gave birth to my last two children in the hospital setting with a Certified Nurse Midwife, I knew immediately I did not want to repeat the hospital setting. Since my husband is against home births (because of the mess, not the controversial safety issue), a birth center birth is the perfect alternative. I can take the mess of childbirth over to their house instead :)
Why do I not want a hospital birth?
- I have an extreme lack of confidence in our local hospital system. The personal experiences are too numerous to even count on this blog.
- The hospital's view that a typical birth experience needs medical intervention.
- The pressure to induce, get an epidural, circumcise, and put your baby in the nursery at night.
- The lack of breastfeeding support.
- The pressure to immunize immediately after birth.
- The necessity to stay a full 24-48 hours after birth, even with no complications.
- The constant barrage of nurses, doctors, and interns that come into your room to either bother you or the baby.
- The "no siblings" rule during the birth. (Yes, we are actually going to have Jaina and Jayce present during the birth of this one!)
Please rest assured that we will transfer to the hospital at the first sign of any maternal or fetal distress or complication. Nor will the midwives agree to keep me in their care if my pregnancy becomes high risk.
But for now, I am extremely comfortable with my decision to use lay midwives at our local birthing center. Just not comfortable, actually excited! Maybe because I've forgotten how much birth can hurt!
Soon it will be time to break out the Bradley Method books again!