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May 30th, 2012, 04:30 PM
afwifey09's Avatar proud momma to Ava Kay
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I've only popped in here once before to ask opinions on Mountain Home, ID back in January(?). Well, we made it here and we love it so far, so thanks to those that had positive things to say about it!

Anyway, I'm being seen on base here since they have a hospital to deliver at and I was curious if anyone could give me a rough estimate of how treatment goes? I had my 20 week ultrasound before coming here. Will I get a third one as part of my routine appointments at any point? When do 2 week appointments usually start? 1 week?

Any input is greatly appreciated.
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May 31st, 2012, 09:56 AM
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I had DD in Texas and DS in WA. For the most part it was the same.
I had my gender/20 wk US and that was it for that. I only had another one with DD at the end because they felt she wasn't growing so to check it out. Other then that Tricare normally just covers the 2 U/S unless you have problems.

With DD I went to 2 week appointments at 36 weeks I believe it was and then weekly at 39 weeks. Same with DS. I had very low risk pregnancies.

I was home after 24 hours. And both were very pro breastfeeding. I would say my only complaint was sharing a room. But even that wasn't that bad. since it was only for 24 hours.

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May 31st, 2012, 06:39 PM
afwifey09's Avatar proud momma to Ava Kay
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Thanks so much for the response!
I was really hoping for another ultrasound, oh well. I feel like I read online somewhere that the rooms are private here. Even if they're not, the base is so small, its probably pretty unlikely anyone else will be giving birth at the same time as me. Not much for two week "appointments" since that's really only time for one, huh? That's okay, I have no worries, I just like hearing her heartbeat and knowing everything is coming along!
I have heard they're very pro-BFing here as well. Do you know if they tend to resort to a lot of c-sections? I did hear they won't let you go over 40 weeks and 5 days before they start pressuring induction on you.
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June 2nd, 2012, 06:09 PM
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I seen an off base OB with my son. I had three ultrasounds ... 9 weeks, 18 weeks, and 32 weeks. I started going every two weeks at 26 weeks then ever week at 36 weeks.

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June 7th, 2012, 07:47 AM
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C/s rates for Idaho aren't publicly published as of right now. However, that is a question you can ask directly of your doctor. If nothing else, it should lead to other question you could ask about how long he will "let" you go (best answer is 42 weeks or beyond!), inductions (ups your chance of a c/s by 50% especially if you have no progress already), etc.
Technically tricare only covers the anatomy scan, but can cover other "medically necessary" ultrasounds. I'm okay with not seeing the baby but once this time. Last pregnancy my OB was super paranoid (due to location) and gave me several u/s during the third. I felt like he was looking for something to go wrong and he seemed to get annoyed when he couldn't find anything, even at 41 weeks!
Every 2 week appts depends on the provider and your medical issues. Last time they started in the 2nd tri for me b/c they were determined that I had hypertension (which I didn't *sigh*). This time the midwives I'm seeing said they'll consider doing every 3 weeks for me up until 36, 38, 40 weeks since I'm driving an hour to see them and dragging a toddler with me.
The best you can do is ask tons of questions, write up a birth plan and discuss it with them (and make sure they and the hospital have it on file for you), and really just inform yourself. I wasn't as informed as I should have been with DS and ended up with a c/s. I'm planning a VBAC this time and have been reading like crazy!
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