Thursday, January 6, 2011

Baby Update

It's been a wild two weeks in the baby business. We have opted for an assisted midwife/birth center birth for Leo, but our family practice docs, who approved my referral to the birth center, have been a pain to work with.

In order to deliver at the birth center our family practice doctor needs to sign a form agreeing to see Leo within 72 hours of birth. Seemed pretty reasonable to me, but they have refused to sign that form, as they cannot guarantee they can see him within 72 hours. No problem. The birth center had another form that requests the family doc to see the baby within 72 hours but does not expect a guarantee. Our doctors' office legal team will not allow them to sign that form either. Apparently they are a bit freaked the baby will not be seen by a pediatrician within 24 hours of birth, but then they are unwilling to say they will see the baby in that time frame. Yesterday they told me I should just deliver in the hospital. I spent the rest of the day near tears. How did lawyers figure into our birth plan?

Thankfully, the midwives at the birth center have agreed to deliver me at the center without the signed form. They seemed a bit miffed by my docs, as they are a licensed practice and take every precaution to ensure both mother and baby are cared for in every way. They are also equiped with enough expertise and experience to properly evaluate a newborn for release. The form just ensures our family is registered with a medical practice that will see our newest family addition.

So, with just under 4 weeks to go, all is taken care of, and a plan I'm happy with is in place. You'd think I could just relax, right? Wrong. Apparently, Leo has decided he's already had enough of the head down position (he's been head down since 28 weeks) and has reoriented himself in an oblique breach position. Argh! I'm currently taking pulsatilla (a homeopathic used for such occasions) and doing special exercises in attempt to get the little guy to rectify his position. I head back to the midwifery on Tuesday for a check and if the lil guy is uncooperative I will need to head to the hospital for a breech-external cephalic aversion. Sounds like fun! This needs to be done before we reach 37 weeks, so time is of the essence. After all these pregnancies, I finally get to choose to give birth my way, only to have an uncooperative #7, who may result in a c-section and an extended hospital stay. Ironic? Obviously, we could really use some prayers.
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Mary @ Cheerios said...

Oh no! I am sorry about that-you poor momma! I have had a breech baby w/c-section (baby #2) and there was nothing I could do about it. I opted out of the turning procedure. I hope yours will be successfull and please keep us posted. Keeping you in my prayers!
God bless, Mary

Dawn said...

Prayers for you and leo Maurisa!

Judy said...

They are all such independent thinkers, aren't they?

My first did somersaults in utero. He was always head down when we were at the doctor's, so they didn't believe me. Hopefully Leo will get back into a more appropriate position for delivery very soon.

Tonya said...

Here's some info for you about the Webster Technique under chiropractic care.

"Dr. Larry Webster, Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association discovered this technique as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function for pregnant mothers. In expectant mothers presenting breech, there has been a high reported success rate of the baby turning to the normal vertex position. This technique has been successfully used in women whose babies present transverse and posterior as well. It has also successfully used with twins. Any position of the baby other than ROA may indicate the presence of sacral subluxation and therefore intrauterine constraint. At no time should this technique be interpreted as an obstetric, "breech turning" technique."

Hope that info helps!

Party of Nine said...

Praying for you, Baby Leo, and your family :)

Walt said...

Hey Mau,

Far be it for me to even try to drum up any advice when it comes to the Little Tiger and your pelvic region...just typing that makes me squeamish!!! I find it funny that you would use the term rectify when talking about LTs bu*@ facing the wrong son is almost 15 and still has that issue. Go figure you have an uncooperative child...I have 3. For the love of Pete could you let a bunch of lawyers make you cry? Cinch up that old baby bump, strap on your shoes...if you can find them with your bump in the way...and sing in those lawyers' faces..."My Way". What's next with those p@#pheads you will have to get a note from our mother stating you have her permission to be pregnant!?!? Still it all worked out...all of those tears wasted!!! Good thing you didn't buy that cannon for Lil might have done something quite regrettable. The good thing new nephew is healthy, happy and causing you grief already...I LOVE THAT KID!!!

Love Ya Mau!


Bonnie said...

I'm offering prayers for a safe, healthy, peaceful birth for both you and little Leo, Maurisa...