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Booked in [Jun. 25th, 2010|02:38 pm]
We went off to the local midwife-led unit yesterday afternoon for our official booking in appointment. It went well, although it was lengthy - there was just a lot of paperwork to get through detailing all my relevant medical and birth  history. We did get a tour of the unit which was nice to see, not that we'll be using it. We'll be birthing at home unless medical issues require a transfer, in which case we'll be off to the consultant unit rather than the lovely, homey midwife unit we were at yesterday. Still, after we'd gone through everything they've officially classed me as low risk so there's no issue with the home birth at this stage and, having had one already, I'm pretty confident we'll pull this one off too.

The midwife we saw, B, was lovely. They don't caseload at present here so we're just under the team as a whole instead of being given a named midwife. There are quite a few of them but hopefully we'll get to meet most of them during the pregnancy at one stage or another. We've been discussing it and as much as we'd love to have an independent midwife again we just can't afford it this time. So it looks as though we're going to be giving birth under NHS care, which is a little scary, but I'll be making sure I have a doula as well as P to advocate for me if needed. It should be OK. I'm healthy, it was all fine last time, we all know what we're doing much better this time so there's no reason why there should be any issues, I'm just nervous about arbitrary NHS protocols making things uneccesarily difficult when it comes to the crunch. On the plus side I've met two of the other midwifes at a clients birth and they were lovely too. I need to remind myself that lots of people have successful home births under the NHS and there's no reason to believe I won't be one of them. How I wish we could magically afford an IM! Oh well. I've got to get over it. Short of a lottery win it aint going to happen!

I'm 10 weeks today. A quarter of the way through already, well, if you discount the fact that conception doesn't happen until two weeks in. I'm still in denial though. It hasn't sunk in that this is going to actually result in a baby, that our lives are going to change forever, again, in just over half a year. I have another 30 weeks to get my head around it...

[User Picture]From: easttowestpoppy
2010-06-26 01:28 am (UTC)
If I win the $50 million lottery I have a ticket for tonight I'll pay for your midwife. But I am sure the one you will have will be fine especially since you have been through one birth already.

Have you ever read any kids books by Bob Graham.We love his stuff, think he is British. I was reading one of his the other day that we own called Queenie and for some reason I thought of you and your family. The book has a mom and a dad but for some reason I just kept thinking of you guys. It is a little girl then a boy arrives...be interesting to see if that is why or if it just reminded me of you. You should check it out sometime as it is a cute story about a hen they find.
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-06-26 07:21 pm (UTC)

congratulations G!

Well done 10 weeks! Yippee! ;) thinking of you and hoping you are all happy. Tons of love Kdxx
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