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January 7th, 2010, 03:54 PM
moon~maiden's Avatar Cheryl~ birth truster
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I have no real complaints about my DDC, there are a bunch of ladies who have already have had NCB and even a few homebirthers!

eta: I will *not* become the kind of person who constantly posts stuff about how this and that is dangerous, I refuse to. That's why I didn't post any links. As co-host here I am here to support women who come to this board to look for support and info but I won't go around throwing it out there. When I was a member of the AP board that really bothered me, hosts going to other boards getting involved in threads about CIO or discipline, almost hysterical. I won't be like that! But I am a member of that DDC, and I'm not leaving!

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January 7th, 2010, 05:01 PM
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Cheryl thanks for posting this over hear, I just lurk over here, I'm in your ddc and I'm glad to learn this information, I wish I would have done more research before I had my first, but I'm learning more with each one.
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January 7th, 2010, 05:03 PM
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as we all are!
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January 8th, 2010, 03:23 PM
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I know started having weekly u/s starting at 26 weeks because of the "GD"....

I would tell the tech and they also knew after awhile to "make it snappy" I told them that Iwanted them to get the info they needed from the u/s ASAP, pronto, no dicking around because I didn't really want u/s in the first place, but then if something was wrong I would have felt guilty so I got them but made sure they wouldnt take any longer then a minute or 2.... this is another reason we didn't find out that Noelle was a girl until I was 32-ish weeks along....

I was happy when Noelle was born and weighed and weighed in at 7lbs 1oz because two weeks prior to giving birth the u/s tech said Noelle was 7lbs 3ozs and my MW and OB both made comment as to in a month my baby would be 10lbs because of the gestational diabetes... HA!! two weeks after that u/s Noelle was born and she was 2oz less then what they were "guessing" her to be... I was happy to kinda rub that in the OBs face....
*9 weeks * 4/11/13
*5 weeks * 6/22/13

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January 8th, 2010, 04:04 PM
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I have has two ultrasound and I will get one more - the level 2 anatomy scan. I had one early on because I've miscarried twice and had to leave the country at 11 weeks - for my own sanity and safety I felt I needed to know my baby was alive! (miscarrying in a foreign - not so medically advanced country seemed like a bad idea) The second one was because I started spotting just before the first one - and they found two Subchorionic Hematomas. We did the second just to make sure they weren't growing. The third U/S will be the anatomy one. I want to have a homebirth - and for me to feel comfortable - I want to know that there aren't any major physical problems with the baby that would indicate a need for hospital birth. I know the chances of that are very slim - but I only have 2 friends with babies and one they found a major heart defect at the 20 week scan. Her baby has had 4 open heart surgeries (and is doing awesome! ) The problem caused nothing to happen in utero but a few hours after birth a small valve between the left and right side of the heart closes - if this happened to him he would have died - so he need to go straight to an NICU. I know the reality of this risk is low - but because it happened so close to me I feel I need the reassurance.
I also think the risk of ultrasound isn't that great. My info is from my dad. He is a veterinary radiologist and professor So he does and teaches ultrasound, MRI, and radiology - for the past 35 years. He is also the most conservative person I know when it comes to taking medical risks. He has had a broken leg(femur!!!) for 7 years because the surgery is incredibly risky (something like a 40% death rate - people don't die of broken hips - the die of the **** surgery!). As a radiologist - and a specialist - he sees all the disasters that medicine makes out of things. He never let doctors put tubes in my ears or take out my tonsils or give me jaw surgery. He's probably the main influence that makes me want a home birth! - So -I talked to him about the risks of ultrasound. He told me that at very high levels (more than you would ever use on an animal <yes you are an animal>) it has been shown to cause some cell damage. He said at the levels and amont of time used for a regular prenatal exam there wouldn't be any damage.So his advise was to only get what you need - and make sure it's done by someone who is well trained. I would never go for the elective 3D 4D thing - and I certainly wouldn't go to some private just for fun clinic. At the same time - ultrasound is a wonderfully uninvasive way of finding out a bit of extra info. I guess - really moderation is the key. Just like - I am going to a midwife and I want a home birth - however I'm thankful the hospital/medical systen exists - so that if I do have a problem there are people to help.
My next pregnancy - I would like to just get the 20 week U/S - hopefully I won't spot next time - and no more miscarriages. I've had enough!

Ok - so that's just my 2 cents. I agree it's something we need to be careful of - I just don't think it needs to be absolutely avoided

Thank you Kiliki for my first beautiful Siggie!

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January 8th, 2010, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Cheryl33 View Post
I know, it's hard to 100% let go and trust. I haven't been able to do it. I can't say I'm "nervous" about things being wrong, but there is a teeny tiny little voice inside me saying "what if" - I am a big what if kind of person anyway, so it's hard to totally turn that off.
I'm kind of in the same boat! I'm trying to talk myself into non for the next! It can be hard though!

I had two with BE, one routine at 20 weeks, and another at 35 weeks because he was "measuring behind" (honestly, we could chosen not to, and my MD would have totally ok with that, but in our ignorance, and knowing we would get the new 4D ultrasound, we caved! I feel rather guilty now!)

Now after going through the Bradley series, I realize the potential risks I intentionally placed on my baby! and that right there is almost enough to scar me away from doing any with the next baby!

Just wanted to add that I find it interesting (and slightly disturbing) that one of the known risks, is stress to the baby, and the onset of pre-term labor...I had the last at 35 1/2 weeks, and BE was born at exactly 37 weeks!...maybe just a coincidence, but I feel it may be related!

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January 10th, 2010, 05:43 PM
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I've only had two and they were each very brief, just enough to make sure baby had all its parts (except for the nether region since we wanted gender to be a surprise, which made the 20 week u/s MUCH faster than it otherwise would have been). I have to get another one to check my fluid levels if I haven't given birth by Tuesday, though.
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