16 Weeks: Inexperienced Doctors

10 July 2014

Yesterday we reached 16 weeks in our pregnancy. Such a huge blessing and each day I am feeling more and more blessed to carry these little ones. We had a very brief ultrasound to check their heart rates, so we didn't get to see them play much. But even a glimpse of them is good enough to make my heart smile. We have another appointment next week with our perinatologist also known as a high risk doctor.

There is nothing wrong with me physically that makes me high risk but since twin pregnancies are more complicated this is more of a precaution than anything. I am getting more thorough care and checks on the babies to make sure the pregnancy is safe for all three of us.

My OBGYN office is a large practice so I am currently in rotation to meet all the doctors just in case my doctor is not on call when I am ready to deliver. I was not satisfied with my OB when I met her a month ago in fact I cried after leaving the appointment. She was very cold and callused to cover up her inexperience with delivering twins naturally. When I asked her about a vaginal delivery in the best circumstance she immediately came up with all excuses about why it was still dangerous, she was trying to scare me. Instead she just angered me because I've done my research and read articles and books written by doctors that have more experience with multiples and I know it's not as dangerous as she made it seem. Even singleton deliveries have their risk and twin risk are not much higher with a skilled doctor. This doctor was ready to schedule my c-section date at my 12 weeks visit. So I am positive I wont be seeing her again.

As I returned to the office yesterday my intention was to see if I would allow this practice to continue caring for me. I knew I would be seeing a new doctor and was armed with questions to see if this was the place for me. I was waiting on the ultrasound table when the new doctor walked in and she had a huge glow about her. She was smiling and excited to look at the twins. After she introduced herself my mom and I immediately asked her questions about her experience with multiple deliveries vaginally. She told us all about her adventures and let us know that both she and another doctor in the practice would be thrilled to deliver our babies vaginally under the right conditions. Oh praise the LORD!!! She made me so happy I could have kissed her. She also introduced me to the other doctor who was thrilled about the prospects of delivering our babies. So needless to say I have already changed my doctor and I am now under the primary care of a doctor who is excited to support me to the delivery of my dreams. Thank you all for your prayers I know for sure God is answering them daily. Please keep them coming. Ironically both babies were head down as if they know what I am expecting from them in 24 more weeks, hehe.

With that said I am not opposed to a c-section if it is required for the right reasons but I am opposed to being forcibly cut because a doctor lacks experience.

As for the babies their heartbeats are wonderful and strong baby A is 169 and baby B is 174. On Monday we will have somewhat of an anatomy scan and I can't wait. I've felt them flipping, turning and squirming for about 2.5 weeks. It's getting stronger and more frequent, its an odd feeling but I do love feeling it. In fact I can feel them moving as I type. We also are pretty sure they can hear because a few times they have responded to loud noises. Right now I we love eating mangos, hummus sandwiches, pasta salad, chilled grapefruit juice, and seaweed snacks. I am excited for my belly to grow and the movements to get stronger so I can share them with the hubs and my family. This is quite an experience!

22 comments:

  1. Ignore my email :) SO glad that you found someone who respects what you want! I get so sad when doctors just work around their schedules and their desires when they don't realize the Lord created our bodies to make and deliver babies, including twins!! So glad you have a birth plan set in place!

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  2. what a fun time! :) so glad that you found a doctor who will work with you!

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  3. :) I can imagine how joyful it must be to feel those babies moving around... playing with each other :)

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  4. I have 2 cousins who has twins and it's amazing. one has twin girls and the other has twin boys DId I miss when and if you found out what you're having? or do you not want to know.

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  5. You look fabulous!
    So glad you got the doctor issue resolved. God is good and will continue to walk with you as you get closer and closer to the due date!
    I miss feeling a baby move around in my tummy! It's such a cool feeling. =)

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  6. Finding doctors is so hard! We were so blessed to have a doctor who honored our decision to not pursue fertility and actually talk to us about adoption! And now, with some health issues with one of our dudes, we're currently switching practices because things just don't "feel right" with the one we're at now. You totally need to trust your doctor and they need to respect and honor you! So glad you've found that!

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  7. Excited for you and so glad that you were able to meet the new set of doctors who are just as excited as you. God is good! :-)

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  8. So happy that God directed your steps to the right doctor(s)! How cute the twins were head down..ha ha ha! So exciting, 24 weeks doesn't sound so far away anymore. It's so cool for me to feel baby girl do her thing inside me. I think she will be the active one in our family:-) Yay for adventures!

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  9. I am so excited for you! My daughter is 12 weeks from IVF. We were finally able to announce. I have read some of your journey and I didn't know if you were pregnant. I know that you have waited for this so long as my daughter has. God bless the rest of your journey. It has really only begun. Twins! Wow!

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  10. So glad the new doctor who let you try to deliver the way you want to!

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  11. Way to stand up for yourself. Not many women do that, and it's sad. So happy that you found a doc that you feel comfortable with - that is a huge part! Glad to hear the pregnancy is going so well!

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  12. So, so happy to changed to a doctor you are comfortable with. I changed my doctor at my 12 week appointment and I'm so happy I did. Congrats on two babies!

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  13. what a gorgeous, smiling, glowing beauty you are!!!
    Glad you got the new doctors - that other lady sounded weird! Nothing worse than the biggest moment in your life and that attitude! Exciting!

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  14. Way to advocate for yourself, Charity!! I'm so glad you found doctors that will support you. Loving the bump pix xooxxo

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  15. So glad you stood up for yourself and trusted your gut! You look wonderful and the bump is so cute! Can't wait for the anatomy scan!! Lots of love! Xoxo!

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  16. You look amazing! I am so so glad that there was a doc that was willing to help you achieve your desired birth plan! That is great news! My mom delivered my sister and I (twinsies) vaginally and although hard, she said it was a great experience with NO complications, so it is very reasonable for you to want that and get that! :) XOX

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  17. I just love hearing about how great the babies are doing!!! Love ya girl and I'm proud of you for sticking to your guns :) xoxo

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  18. You go girl. Twin mommies can do vaginal deliveries too under safe circumstances. Ugh it annoys me that some doctors just go straight to a scheduled c-section. Proud of you Mama!

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  19. Happy to hear you found a doctor that is excited about delivering your babies! I'm always surprised when people are scheduling their c-sections when they don't need one. Why anyone would prefer to do it that way, I just can't understand. My mom has gone through childbirth 9 times, all vaginally, and no epidurals either. (I like to brag about her sometimes, makes people think she's super mom. hehe) From what I've heard finding a doctor that wants what you want is a very big deal, and I praise God He has given you that blessing. <3

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  20. Yay! So glad the babes are doing well. And that you have a doctor that is going to try to adhere to your ideals for the birth of you miracles babies. Wonderful!

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  21. Good for you for being proactive and finding the right doctor for yourself. So many doctors are inclined to surgery these days, but there are still a lot left that realize our bodies were meant to do this! So glad you found a couple you feel great about! You look so super cute. Glad you're enjoying those little kicks!

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