Changing Doctors….Yay!

I had always planned on switching OB’s midway through my pregnancy…why?  Well, I’ve always wanted to have my baby at a birth center but since the closest one is almost an hour away, it just made sense to see a local doctor for the first half of my pregnancy.  
After last weekend’s ER fiasco,  I was very disappointed in my local doctor’s practice.  I was told to follow up with my doctor on Monday (I was in the ER on Saturday).  Long story short, when the doctor called me back, she had no idea of why I was in the ER (geeze, seriously!?), and told me I just needed to continue taking Tylenol for my pain.  After explaining to her that I wanted as little medication as possible (I really want to try to keep this pregnancy as natural as possible), she told me I still needed to take two extra strength Tylenol at a time which is around 1000 mgs (the ER doctor told me to take no more than 650 mgs as a time).  When I brought up what the ER doc had told me, she said that I’d be fine and it’s not like my baby would grow a third arm (I wasn’t too thrilled with her sarcasm), and that the only thing we had to worry about was my liver.  Ugh!  Apparently she didn’t hear me.  So, I told her the pain was still pretty bad, thinking she might want me to come in to check me out rather than just telling me to take Tylenol to mask the pain.  Nope!  She told me that if the pain was still bad I could come in and pick up a prescription for Tylenol 3 (which I later found out was a controlled substance…Tylenol with Codeine).  Hmm…to me, putting Codeine in my baby’s bloodstream is for sure something that I don’t want!  Doctors aren’t even supposed to prescribe narcotics for moms unless the pain outweighs the risks to the fetus.  So, needless to say, I’m done with that office.
I also wanted to say that being at the ER just showed me that I really don’t want to have my baby at the local hospital.  It’s just not for me..everything is cold and stressed me out.  Now, I don’t want anyone to take offense to that…you are in charge of your own birth experience and if you want to have your baby in a hospital, that’s totally your choice.  Some people feel more at ease at one…just not me.  Maybe I am turning into a hippy, lol!  Plus, I want a water birth and our small town hospital doesn’t have that option.
I officially got Tricare (military insurance) to start processing my paperwork to transfer doctors and I should officially be a patient of the birth center by the end of next week!  🙂  I’m on my way to a more personal and natural birth experience!
As for me, expect a video update tomorrow.  I’ve pretty much been stuck on the couch/bed all week due to the pain in my kidney but today has been the first where I’ve actually been feeling a little better.  I’m optimistic!

8 thoughts on “Changing Doctors….Yay!

  1. Modern Momma says:

    It's really just my right kidney which pretty much goes with the diagnosis of it being pregnancy related (something to do with how your uterus tilts). They say in most cases it corrects itself or you have to just wait until baby is born. Not to thrilled about that idea but it was actually a little better today so I'm going to hold out hope that it'll get better on its own. 🙂

  2. Alex & Malisa says:

    Sorry hun. I would be so frustrated. Just curious, what made you want a water birth. I never really thought about it but now I'm kinda interested.

  3. Shirley says:

    Oh my! What a horrible dr experience! I understand the desire to take as little meds as possible. This may be TMI but I experienced a m/c prior to this pregnancy, and I have a gut feeling it's because a dr at urgent care recommended that I take ibuprofen above the recommended amount on the label for a plugged ear. Of course, he didn't and I didn't know I was preggers at the time, and Tylenol is different, but you never know. Do what feels right to you if you want to go hippy – lol! You'd think I'd want to too, but I actually like my hospital. 🙂

  4. Modern Momma says:

    Malisa – I watched The Business of Being Born, which is an amazing documentary. I had never even thought of a birth at a birth center or water birth before I watched the movie but it was an eye opener. I even made my husband watch it and was surprised that he actually agreed with my choice. I'll be posting lots more info on water birth. It's not for everyone but I figured why not try it if it was an option at the birth center I plan on going to.

  5. Modern Momma says:

    Shirley – yep a pretty bad experience, lol! I'm glad you love your hospital! I think I just really don't like mine since it's a small town hospital and doesn't have all the amenities of a new, bigger one in the city. Where we moved from in CO, there were several really nice hospitals that I would have been all for having my baby at, but then we moved to a small town that had limited options. 🙁 Soooo now I'm going to be driving 45 mins to my birth center. 🙂

  6. The Anglin Family says:

    I think driving is worth it, if you feel more comfortable. I switched OB's a few weeks ago and havent regretted it. I needed someone who understood my fears and anxieties after losing my daughter last year. I dont think your OB dr. should talk to you like yours did! Good luck at the new place!!

  7. Modern Momma says:

    The Anglin Family – yeah, I think you truly need to feel comfortable with whoever you choose to deliver your baby. And obviously my doctor's office didn't click well with me. So, I'm very happy to have changed. 🙂 I can't wait to update everyone once we have our first appointment, but we still have about 2 weeks to go before we meet with them. I'll let you know asap! 🙂

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