Meeting Midwife number 2

We had our second appointment at the birthing center this morning. I had all of my paperwork with me. I had kept a written record of my meals for a few days for them to check over. I do this for my birthing classes, too. I feel it’s really important to keep a written log of your nutrition choices for a few weeks. This way you are able to find out your strengths and weaknesses in your food choices. I’m a vegetarian, and the hardest thing for me to to meet my requirements is with protein. So I keep careful track reach day of my protein intake to make sure I’m getting between 80-100 grams daily. Most people struggle with getting their 2 servings of greens each day. I have an easier time with this, I love green vegetables!
We had other paperwork to hand in, regarding our wishes for the rest of the birth. We had to do some research as to which tests we wanted to do throughout the pregnancy and wish we weren’t interested in. We are pretty low intervention in our viewpoint, and we only opted for the 20-week ultrasound at this point.
We met with the second midwife, Christine. She was very friendly. I really like how the Midwives that I’ve met have been so down to earth. I often find doctors come across egotistical. I never feel that way here with the midwives, at least with the ones I’ve met so far. I found out I haven’t gained very much weight since my last appointment, maybe 2 lbs.
At the end of the appointment, we were able to hear the baby’s heartbeat. I also mentioned that I had felt the baby move for the first time, it was that first little flutter deep in my tummy.

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We’re pregnant

Yes, we recently found out that we are expecting baby #2. We’ve been talking about baby #2 for awhile, and it looks like it’s finally a reality. I’m so excited. We asked our daughter to keep it a secret for a short while, until we, at least, had our first apointment with our midwife. Well, she didn’t do a very good job. She would whisper to our friends as soon as I would leave the room, “I have a secret. I’m going to be a big sister.” So it looks like the excitement is contagious.
I’ve recently spent some time reflecting on my daughters’ birth as I get prepared for our next experience. We had our daughter at St. Mary’s hospital. For a hospital birth, it was wonderful. We had a cooperative doctor, Dr. Fields, that very open minded and made the experience enjoyable. We were also lucky enough to have Lindsay Rogers on staff. She is a RN that also works as a doula and Prenatal yoga instructor, she was so invaluable to our birth experience. We were able to labor at length in the shower which was exactly what I needed. When my daughter was born, the hospital staff was fine with her being born on the floor with me on all fours. It was fantastic.
Now, for baby #2, we are going to the birthing center. We feel more educated in the birthing process and feel the birthing center will meet our needs better. I also teach birthing classes there, and I’m really impressed with their staff and their dedication to natural childbirth.
I’ve decided to blog about my pregnancy experiences as I go. I hope you enjoy it.

Childbirth in the US compared to Japan

Here’s a cute quote I found:

“The midwife considers the miracle of childbirth as normal, and leaves it alone unless there’s trouble. The obstetrician normally sees childbirth as trouble: if he leaves it alone, it’s a miracle.”
— Sheila Stubbs
In my class last night we discussed how the U.S. is about 24th in infant mortality. That makes me very sad. We spend the most money on health care but our infant mortality rate continues to get worse.
Who has the lowest mortality rate? Japan. They only spend about half as much money on healthcare.
What are some of the things that they do differently? Well, Pregnant women are free to choose their hospital and physician without any restrictions placed on them. They also have early prenatal care. Their high rate of breastfeeding mothers also plays a role. It’s pretty much known that on a worldwide scale that death among breastfed babies is much less common than formula fed infants. Over 90% of Japan’s mothers breastfeed, and more than half of them breastfeed exclusively.
Back to our quote at the top of this entry. Midwifery plays an important role in Japan’s success. The main birth attendants there are midwives. In many European countries, this is the “norm”. Where midwifery care is practiced there is a dramatically lower rate of medical intervention. Sadly in the U.S., it is estimated that only 3-4% of births are attended by midwives.
I think we have a lot to learn from these facts. If you’d like to learn more please visit this article