Due date, shmue date.

Now, I know that when I see the words "due date" I should think "due MONTH." But the waiting is HARD! I can do the prenatals, I can do the 1am phone calls and mad dash the hospital, I can even do the child care tango with my husband. I didn't think it would be so hard to sit. And wait. And get more and more nervous as my 11/27 client isn't in labor, and my 12/3 client who had some "practice" labor last week has stopped having contractions... so I'm back to two births waiting to happen and just hoping they do not happen at the same time!

My 11/27 client is a homebirth who is an hour away. I do not have a backup for her! I want to be there because I don't want her without doula support, and hell, I want to be at a homebirth! What a rare and wonderful opportunity for a beginning doula!

My 12/3 client is set to give birth at the local birth center... as long as she doesn't have her baby before 12/1, when her insurance begins covering the birth center. Otherwise she'll be having a birth at the hospital, but with the wonderful midwives nonetheless. I feel very close to this client and I really want to be there to support her, although my backup for this birth is really fantastic and I'd feel 100% confident putting my client's support into these capable and experienced hands.

So keep your fingers crossed, internets!!! May I please be at both births... with maybe a nice nap in between?

7 comments:

kris said...

here's hoping you make both! especially that homebirth, i would give anything for a homebirth!!

what do you do as far as prenatals?

Karen said...

Kris, the homebirth prenatals -- I was at a loss! Most of my stuff is centered around hospital birth plans. I asked the client questions about how she handled times of trial and stress, whether she was a high-touch/low-touch person, etc. I asked her very briefly if there were any concerns or questions she had about what would happen in the event of a transfer, and whether they had a plan.

I also came to a prenatal visit from her midwife... what a fun night! My cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing. I am really looking forward to this birth!!!

kris said...

thanx! i was curious about it. i had heard some women talk about the prenatals almost like they were a cbe class.

i am really excited for you and this homebirth, i can't wait to hear about it!

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