Thursday, August 20, 2009

Why do they call it morning sickness...

...when it happens at 6:oo in the evening? I had my first experience with this lovely pregnancy symptom on Sunday. Can't say that I enjoyed it - but on the positive side, it was a reassuring sign that things are going as they should in there!

On Tuesday, Mr. Citysaur and I headed for my first appointment with our midwife. I switched practices so we could deliver with a midwife. The practice we chose has eight OBs and 2 midwives, and the midwives share patients. We'll rotate between the two of them for our prenatal visits - and also have one visit with an OB at some point.

Overall, we liked the midwife. We were both a little surprised by how entrenched in the System she was. We chose a midwife so we could avoid some of that and have someone who would be supportive of our plan for a natural birth. She'll still be that, but she did say a few things about pain meds that were a little surprising. I suppose it's understandable, considering that she's in a practice full of OBs and has rights at the local hospital (where we'll be delivering). However, if we were too concerned about it, we could always go a few blocks down the street to the local Birth Center. I think we'll stick with what we've got.

We didn't get to hear the heartbeat or have an ultrasound at this appointment. Barring any complications, we'll only get one ultrasound, and we're saving that one for The Big One. Our follow-up appointment is set for the 14th, and we've been assured that we'll get to hear the heartbeat then!

Lastly, I read a great book this week that I'd recommend to anyone who's interested in the history of birth and birthing methods throughout the ages. It's called "Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born" by Tina Cassidy. Though some of the stories are pretty startling, I gained a lot of perspective from reading this book. It's a fairly quick read, and I found it fascinating.


  1. Yuck! "morning sickness" is the worst!

    FYI - many midwifes that practice in hospitals are actually just former RNs or NPs that just decided to get midwifery credentials to boost their earning potential and be able to deliver babies. They don't go into the practice for the natural birthing aspect. Many nickname these types of practitioners "med-wifes"

    I'm sure everything will be great for you, but I would continue to ask questions and make your wishes known throughout your prenatal care.

  2. Thanks for the tip, Anon. Fortunately Mr. Citysaur and I are both VERY committed and are okay about being pushy to get what we want, if need be.