We had a quick appointment this morning, fortuitously timed to be right after our weekend child birthing course.
The appointment was to have Susan’s gestational diabetes test. She chugged the flat nehi orange soda sugar water quite quickly. Then we saw the doctor, asking our string of questions, which, for review, are:
- When do we call you?
- Contractions are 5 minutes apart for greater than 1 hour
- Water breaking
- The baby is moving a lot less than normal
- How do we call you?
- The main office number has an answering service!
- Only in an emergency (which includes a breech baby)
- Forceps or Vacuum
- Only if we really need to and it’d be the vacuum.
- Low blood pressure versus the epidural (The epidural tends to lower it and she is already low!)
- Let the anesthesiologist know when you arrive – they’ll work it out.
- When will we see you in the process?
- She’ll likely let us push without her for a number of hours. Once the nurse says we’re likely within an hour, she’ll be there. (As I like to say – she shows up to catch!)
- Pediatrician recommendations
- We have a list to review
- Which way is the baby sitting right now?
- Can’t say…
- Any more ultrasounds?
- Not unless something goes wrong
So then she broke out the surprising news – we’re going to 2 week visits now! The next OB visit will be with a different doctor in the practice, which will make the third of the four in the office. This way we won’t end up with a stranger catching the baby.
As for the diabetes test, we won’t know the results for a while. Plus, while they were checking that, they are also taking a look at her iron levels, etc.
Susie and I discussed the idea of “rooming in” and we’ve generally decided that we’d like our Olive to stay with us in the room.
Oh – just for everyone’s information: the labor/delivery/recovery room will allow 5 people, but we likely won’t really take guests here. Susan will have 2 hours of recovery post-delivery and Olivia will be gone for a fair amount of this time, hanging out in the nursery.
After the recovery, we’ll move to a room that is a little small, but technically has no limits on the number of, or the time of, guests. The main waiting room is quite comfortable and the nursery is close. From seeing Jay & Steph’s little boy, it seems that they almost always park them in front of a window of their own for the world to see.
Parking for Baptist visitors is the 20th and 21st street garages… you can’t (technically) park in the garage closest to the OB floor. The walk isn’t bad from the garage and its pretty easy to navigate the hospital.