Midwifery Appointment, Take One

I had my first appointment at the midwifery practice on Monday – finally!  I’m 28 weeks so it was also the day for my glucose test and RhoGAM shot.  (At this week’s Tuesday night knitting I realized that everyone is as confused about the RhoGAM shot as I was, so I’ll explain that in a following post.)  When I made the appointment, they told me to make a half day of it and I’m glad I did.  I arrived 20 minutes early for my 9 am appointment and didn’t get to work until almost 1 pm.

When I met the midwife she asked how I’d heard about the practice.  I told her a friend had recommended them, and also mentioned how hard it was for me to get my paperwork transferred there.  (If you missed that  frustrating tale, you can catch up here.)

To my surprise, the midwife explained that since my previous practice was also part of the University of Pennsylvania Health Care System, all I really need to do was sign a release form (which I did back on March 24!) and they could pull up all my records on the computer.  They didn’t really need hard copies of my records at all.  I knew it!  The midwife said she would talk to the receptionists and make sure they all knew this.  I kind of doubt she’ll remember to mention it.  Some other innocent soul will have to go through the same rigamarole as me.  So annoying!  I almost wish she hadn’t told me.

After all I had been through to get the appointment, it was pretty anti-climactic.  The baby’s heart beat was good.  My blood pressure was also excellent.  My appointments will now be scheduled every two weeks instead of once a month.  I’m in the third trimester!

After my quick consultation/examination, I had to walk a few blocks to the hospital to get some lab work done.  First, they took four vials of blood.  Then, as part of the glucose test for gestational diabetes, I was given a bright orange drink.  It looked like Tang or orange Gatorade.  It didn’t taste much different, kind of like a VERY sweet Kool-aid.  It was actually better than I thought it would be.  I finished the drink at 10:53 and had to wait an hour with no food before coming back for them to take more blood.  I started to feel kind of dizzy/headachy as my body tried to process the sugars. It was almost my lunch time, and I was getting hungry. I also felt guilty for being away from work for so long.

After the hour was up and I gave the vial of blood, they sent me up to the 7th floor and gave me the RhoGAM shot.  They didn’t administer the shot, they handed the shot to me in a little baggie. I had to then walk it back to the midwifery practice where a nurse administered it into my upper arm.

It was a long day, and I felt a bit “off” the rest of the afternoon. The day was made even longer because we had tickets to see the Phillies play the Cincinnati Reds that evening. It was still a fun night.  The Phillies had an exciting 3rd inning and led 9-0.  The rain held off (with just a few sprinkles), and we won 10-3.  Plus, it was dollar dog night!  Who would pass up the chance to get $1 hotdogs at a major league baseball game? Not this girl.

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  1. Jennifer Gandin Le’s avatar

    I can’t believe you’re already in your third trimester! How did you like the midwife, besides learning the frustrating news about your transfer?


    1. nextlifechapter’s avatar

      I know, right? As of today, I’m 30 weeks! I really liked the midwife. The practice I’m going to has several midwives, and I’ll deliver with whomever is on duty that day. For this reason, I’m seeing a different midwife at my appointment this week. I’d like to see as many as I can so that when I go into labor I’ll have a good chance of at least having met the midwife that delivers me. There’s something to be said about developing a relationship with one midwife, but in this practice, the likelihood that I would actually deliver with that midwife would be low. I look forward to meeting the different women and getting their different perspectives.



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