Love to hear from those who have/had a "free" or unassisted pregnancy...
Whether that means selective testing or none at all.
I'm not quite sure of the level of prenatal tests etc I will have done... as yet at 19 weeks it has just been bub & I, quietly growing away with no issues.
Unsure if we will trot off to a doctor/arrange a midwife at all, at this stage... I don't feel the need.
However I have read that it is a good idea to have your pregnancy on record somewhere with a GP or midwife - to help with ease of transfer to hospy if there are issues during the birth, and also with registering your baby once born. Any truth to this, does anyone know?
Thanks I look forward to your input/stories.
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20-10-2010 09:26 #1
20-10-2010 10:20 #2-
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It is easier if you see a doctor, midwife or even a chiropractor once while pregnant, cause you can just get a note from them saying that they were aware you were pregnant and have seen the baby (after birth obviously) to get the birth certificate.
I went to the doc for all prenatal appointments, had 12 & 20 wk U/S, had blood tests, as I felt I needed to have the knowledge that everything was ok to be relaxed enough to birth. That is just me personally. I have known many women who have free pregnancies as well as births.
It is entirely up to you as to what you do. If you feel confident in your body and what it can do, and in yourself and whoever else will attend your birth, then I see no problem in not seeing doctors or doing testing.
20-10-2010 11:42 #3
I have heard basically what you have said, it makes things easier after the birth to get the birth certificate (no, you don't need a professional to sign it, it just makes things quicker with BDM). I am not sure if I will bother, although I am sure I will need something depending on where I birth and whether or not I need to fly home.
21-10-2010 11:30 #4
I had a free pregnancy with J though I did see our family GP at 30w. Which was a mistake. She tried to convince my husband (while I was providing urine for test) to take me to hospital. She said nothing to me.
So I will avoid the medical profession if I can help it this time. I have considered a scan because I thought I could be carrying multiples but its early days and I am going to see how I feel as I go on.
ETA - I had my MCHN write a letter saying she saw J and I and believed that he was born the day I said etc. Sent with a stat dec signed by my MIL just saying she saw me pregnant and met J when he was less than a day old.
It was a pain to organise but not as hard as I thought it would be.
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22-10-2010 14:05 #5
Okie doke. Maybe to cover my own butt, I should make sure I get along to a GP later on in the piece. I suppose I can just ask him/her to write up some kind of signed letter saying YES this woman was pregnant, due on this date, yada yada. I really doubt we will hire a midwife to attend the birth so it may be a good idea to have that piece of paper.
I was considering a late pregnancy scan to ensure my good 'ol placenta is in a good position... and I think that's about it. I can't really think of anything else a scan would tell me, that I need to know. So now I'm not too sure an ultrasound is worth it.
I wonder if a GP could tell me where the placenta is via on outside tummy feel? I know midwives can, but how to access one for solely one visit I wonder? Can a pregnant woman just show up a hospital and have free prenatal checkups when suits her?
Lots to learn. Loving it though.
22-10-2010 14:09 #6
You could call around for an IM to do a check if you wanted, I would if I was worried about the possibility of PA, that is the one thing I worry about, oh and SD.
22-10-2010 14:13 #7
I was told by a friend of mine who is a DOCS case worker that any woman who does present at the hospital for birth for whatever reason (homebirth complications for instance) who have not had any other prenatal care are immediatley referred to DOCS for assessment. Obviously I am no authority on this myself but it would be worth checking I guess just in case.
I also have afriend who had an unassisted pregnancy and homebirth but because she had no medical record of the birth she has never been able to obtain a birth certificate so cannot access family payments, missed out on the baby bonus etc. She home schools but it will still become an issue at some point so I agree that having some legal record of the pregnancy and birth would be a good idea.
As for the placenta position I honestly don't know of any other way to determine it but a scan... or doppler check maybe MAY give an idea- at a guess, lol. Again, no authority.
22-10-2010 15:01 #8
I'm not sure on that situation MyThreeCubs but I am quite sure that in this country, it is my legal right to refuse any and all medical care. Thus being investigated by the Department of Child Safety for not seeing a doctor when I'm not ill, seems a little contradictory. Not that that would surprise me, however, good ol' government!
It's a shame your friend is having issues registering her birth. I thought that BDM legally only require a post-birth statement from a doctor, along with her applications to register a birth, and obtain a birth cert. Hope that gets sorted for her bub before things get complicated later in life.
Thermolicious, I might well seek a check up with a local IM, much closer to bub's birth. Something tells me that they may be more supportive than a local GP. The only reason it's all so up in the air, is our cross country relocation in two months' time. Difficult to sort of, "plan ahead" when you're not even sure where you'll be living!
Thanks all for your input.
22-10-2010 15:10 #9
BtB an IM worth anything will be able to detect the location of the placenta using a stethoscope no need for an ultrasound or dopler.
22-10-2010 15:13 #10
I had a pretty "free" pregnancy with my DS2.
I saw my IM a few times before birth, but not many, maybe 4-5 times in 41wks? All she did was check my BP and listen to the heartbeat with a wooden pinnard.
I did have a 20wk scan to check placenta position (I have a section scar and wanted to check it was clear of that so I knew there was no placenta accreta, it's rare but i've known 2 people to have it).
However a good Midwife (or Ob) should be able to pinpoint placenta position by palpation and doppler/pinnard/stethoscope. My IM just wasn't sure of her abilities to do this as she is a little hard of hearing
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