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!