Here we go again…round #2!
Last week we ventured out to our first meeting with our new birth center here in South Carolina…and I was nervous! Not sure why, I’ve done this before and I’ve even had midwives before. I guess I was just hoping that the birth center would live up to my expectations and that I’d feel comfortable with the nurses and midwives that worked there.
So here’s how it went down: Upon walking in the doors, I felt like it was the right place for me. Good sign!
My first appointment was with one of the registered nurses. She went through all the standard pregnancy info and so on. Then I was shown that I was responsible for testing my own urine with test strips at each appointment (super easy!) and how to record my own weight on my patient sheet. I love that they trust me to do all this stuff.
Then I had a tour and got to see the birthing rooms. One word = AMAZING! I didn’t think it could get better than the birth center in which I had Mabel but this place is really new, with big birthing rooms and everything you could want…including a giant jetted birthing tub in each room! I may actually get to try having a water birth this go around. They have several different types of birthing balls, huge bathrooms with big showers, and very comfortable looking beds that you would see in a home.
After the tour, it was time for my meeting with one of the midwives. I’ll meet all of the midwives over the span of all of my appointments since I won’t know who will be on call when I go into labor. They figure it’s a great way to get comfortable with everyone, and I love it! Now normally I won’t have two meetings at each appointment but this time it was different just because it was my first visit there.
The room was different than rooms I’ve had at appointments before. No exam table…just a nice little couch.
The midwife came in and introduced herself and everything just felt really natural. We went over some basic things and then she said she would try to find the heartbeat for me with a doppler. Now, I’ll admit we already have a doppler at home and found the heartbeat at 8 weeks…so I was actually able to help direct her to wear baby #2 has been hiding out. And after a bit of searching, we heard the fast paced rhythm…a lovely little heartbeat.
My next appointment is in 4 weeks, so I’ll be sure to give you all the rundown.