Thursday, May 01, 2008

Sir (or Lady) Squirms-A-Lot

The new baby is squirmy. They were unable to get a heartbeat with a Doppler, so they slid an ultrasound machine ito the room and gave me a quick little peek inside. Still no heartbeat (too squirmy) but a moving baby is a live baby with a heartbeat. The little guy (or gal) is much higher than anticipated. We were all searching with the Doppler for the heartbeat down low by my c-section scar but when they actually found the baby, it was up near my belly button.

My blood sugar is low but it's not a concern. Keep eating.

My doctors do not do VBAC, so I guess I am scheduling a c-section for some Monday in November (they do scheduled sections on Mondays). I'm not thrilled about this, but I know that finding somone to let you have a VBAC is getting harder and harder, despite everyone's contention that the c-section rate is too high and they should get it down (safely). Apparently, the insurance companies run the show. It's OK. I'm a little bummed but there are up-sides to scheduling I guess.
And here is squirmy for your squinting and viewing pleasure. Head is on the left (two dark circles are eye sockets, then a bright nose, and the mouth).

Oh, and there is no one qualified to do the Ultra-Screen in NW Indiana. If I can find someone who will do it, my doctor will write me the order. Apparently, measuring the nuchal fold takes training. I am willing to travel up to 2 hours to have this test done. Does anyone know of a place from Indianapolis to Milwaukee where this is done (someone in Chicago must do this, right)?


  1. For my last pregnancy (would have been 11/06) I had this done at Evanston hospital (just north of Chicago), but I'm certain you could find a place in the city that does it...

  2. I dont want ot get up in your business but I want to be sure you knwo that you can have a VBAC even if your doctor wont "let you". According to EMTALA law everyone has the right to refuse surgery-all you have to do is sign a form saying that you dont wan t a c-section and youcan have your VBAC. If at any point you change your mind and decide you want to go ahead with the c-section you just sign the consent for that and you can have the c-section. SInce you ahve lots of time to check into your options you should read about this at in the white papers. The American College of OB/GYN says VBAC is safe and 60-80% successful- so thats pretty good odds if you ask me. Worth a try anyway.