On September 19th I had my first appointment at the Birthing Center. I had to take off a half day from work, because they only schedule the 1st OB appointments at times during the day. I guess because the first one takes a little time.
I had to fill out a bunch of paperwork first. After that, I was shown how to take my own blood pressure, weigh myself, and how to test my urine. The nurse said that pregnant women aren't sick, so they feel like we can do these things ourselves. They even give us our charts and we fill in the numbers.
After that I went in an exam room and the nurse asked me a bunch of questions. Then, a midwife came in and she asked a bunch of questions. Then she gave me a short pelvic exam. I was 8 weeks pregnant at the time, and I was told that my uterus was measuring the right size. She also felt my pelvic bones to see if they were large enough to have a baby the natural way. Good news: She said they were! I'm small and I have really small bones, so I was worried about that. Then I got to get dressed, and they drew a bunch of blood for tests. Apparently, it is a state law that they test pregnant women for syphilis... among other things. They had to take about 5...maybe 6 vials of my blood. I'm supposed to hear back about the blood results (fingers crossed about the syphilis! ha.)
Next appointment is scheduled for October 17th...which should be an exciting appointment, since we'll be able to hear the baby's heartbeat!