I'm seeing a nurse midwife this time. A local hospital just started a new program last year (this wasn't available when I was pregnant with Kaylee). So I will be at a hospital but seeing a nurse midwife the whole time. I am SO excited we have this option now! They offer water birth too - which is fabulous. Except that, for some reason, some big wigs at the hospital don't think vbac patients should even set foot in the water. I asked the midwife what their reason was and she said she wasn't sure and that they haven't really been given a very good explanation. They're working to change this so hopefully by the time our baby comes, I'll be able to at least labor in water.
|Baby at about 12 weeks|
Everything went great at the appointment yesterday! We heard a good, strong heartbeat! It was in the 150s - which makes me think it's a girl because my girls were always around the 150s too. But...I know that's not a 100% error-proof way to determine the gender. :)
We don't plan to find out the gender this time. I never thought I could do that. But the more I think about and even talk to others who have waited, the more I think it'd be a really fun surprise!
I am scheduled to have an ultrasound next week. We weren't going to do one. I'm 13 weeks now. But I've had dreams I'm having twins. And so has my sister-in-law. And I already feel huge (although let's be honest, I always have carried quite large). So it'd be nice to know for sure. Plus, the midwife said it felt like my uterus was higher than she would expect for 13 weeks - so she thinks I may be further along than I think; although I'm pretty confident about my dates.
So we'll see. Ultrasound is a week from today at 8:30. It will be fun to see the baby! I had early ultrasounds with both my girls so it will be nice to have one for this one too!
P.S. I am hiring a doula for this birth. She's already worked with these midwives and done vbacs with them as well. So, overall, I believe it will be a much less stressful experience than last time. Here's her website. She rocks. **don't know what a doula is or what they do? click here