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pregnancy update: meeting the midwife

things are moving right along. according to our best estimates we're in the 8-9th week of pregnancy and kris is doing great. she's had a little nausea here and there and coming up with an appetizing dinner plan can be a little challenging at times, but all things considered everything is going smoothly.

the embryo is about the size of a large olive and this week it'll grow quickly from a half-an-inch to an inch long. all manner of complex biological processess are occuring for the first time - the kidneys will produce urine, the stomach will produce gastric juices, the heart will start visibly beating and nerve impulses will start contracting muscles to produce movements!

we had our first official baby healthcare visit and it might come as a surprise to some that it was with a midwife . we were lucky enough to witness an in-home birth and we're fairly certain that it's the right option for us. i don't have anything against modern medical technology. in fact, i was born three months premature and would have died way back then had i not lived in area that had the best and brightest working to do everything they could, so this is not a decision that we take lightly. that said, if kris progresses through the pregnancy and there isn't any indication that she's out of the norm, i think we'll go ahead and have the baby in the confort of our home. the midwife we chose is a pro and has delivered over 1,200 babies in the last 23 years so if everything looks normal, i have every confidence that everything will be fine. of course, we are educating ourselves and will meet with "backup" docs next week just to make sure that we've covered our bases.

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3/18/2004 10:47:00 PM 0 comments


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