Monday, July 02, 2007

The Results Are....

I passed the 3 hour glucose test! Praise the Lord for that!

I am excited to see the lab results at my next visit. The Midwife Center gives you your chart at every visit so you can fill in your weight and urine dip results. They also encourage you to know your chart and to read it. The birth center believes that women should have access to their charts because it empowers them.

Have you ever noticed that most places keep your chart from you and that you would feel like you were violating some unwritten code to ask to see your chart? Most doctors prefer their patients NOT to have access to their medical charts and files. When they handed me my chart I felt like I was doing something sneaky by looking through it even though it was clearly available for me to peruse. They find it helpful for women to know their medical history and lab results because it helps women to feel included in the process of birth and not just some kind of patient. I love that about this place!

10 comments:

Tina said...

Well Praise God and you are so right about the chart thing.. . .
A nurse omce left in the room while I waited, it was quickly taken away and removed when they came in & found me reviewing it!

Sharon M said...

Congrats on passing the glucose test! What a relief it must be for you.

Maybe the doctors don't let you look at your chart b/c their writing is so messy, you wouldn't even be able to read it anyway??? My last dr in the States was like that -- I glanced at my chart once but couldn't make heads or tails of anything. Hopefully he could, though. :-)

amelia said...

Not understanding the chart is one common reason they don't "let" you look at the chart. The cool thing about this place is that if you don't understand something, they want you to ask about it. The Midwife Center believes that women are smart and that medical terminology and labs are not above their intellect and important for them to know and ask about.

Anonymous said...

Yea on the test!! So happy for you!

With my kiddos, I used to peek over at my chart while the nurse was in the room, but she kind of kept it hidden. But when I would ask my doctor about it, he'd lay it out and show me everything. Always thought that was weird she wanted it a secret and he didn't care 'tall. But it is true, they certainly never left it in the room! I think it is great they let you do your own chart at the birthing center.

-monica

Kelsey said...

Congratulations! I'm very happy for you! Did they check your hemocrit levels again? I'm interested in seeing how the floradix and chlorophyll are helping.

amelia said...

Hey Kelsey,

She didn't say anything about the hemacrit levels but I doubt they would have changed that much in a week and a half. I'll have to look at my chart for the levels at my next appointment.

I do wonder if they will want to check the levels again as I get closer to my due date. I really want them to go up though because I don't want to feel sluggish after the baby is born. I want more reserves. Hopefully the chlorophyll will help me not to lose much after the placenta detaches. I was just reading about the herb Yellow Dock. I have some in stock and the interesting thing about it is that it doesn't necessarily have a high amount of iron in it but it helps your liver release the iron stores in your blood stream. I am thinking about adding that into my daily regiment. I took it with Isaac and with him my levels were never a problem. I didn't even take floradix or chlorophyll.

Kelsey said...

That's a good idea then. You should take it. From all of the research you are doing and the things you have added to your diet, I think you will be just fine after the baby's born. Are you going to teach Bradley in PA?

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your test! And I think it's great that the midwife center has such a proactive approach to medicine/birthing. You're right - it seems like doctors should WANT us to be actively involved in everything surrounding our health.

What happens after the placenta attaches?
~allison k

amelia said...

Allison-

After the placenta detaches the blood vessels that were attached to the placenta start to close off. This usually results in a little blood loss but sometimes they take too long to close and mom loses a lot of blood. That is one of the benefits of breastfeeding right after the baby comes out--the hormones released encourage the uterus to start contracting again. The uterus should firm up and start to contract and decrease in size. Occasionally this does not happen and the result is known as post-partum hemmorage. It can happen to anyone but I hear of it more commonly when women have been induced with pitocin and the pitocin makes the uterus extra tired and fails to start shrinking in size. Anyway, the least amount of blood loss the better.

Kelsey--

I am planning on teaching but not until the first of the year after things settle down with the baby a bit.

Anonymous said...

Detaches, rather.
~agk