I’m not going to blog about the abortion debate. We all have our own beliefs. Enough said.
What has everyone been up to recently? Redundant question really as all the pregnancy bookings I’m wading through at the moment answer that question for me! There is a positive glut of newly pregnant women, November, December and January are going to be busy, busy at our local maternity units.
Over the weekend I booked a woman who lives in one of our old homes, interesting to see what they have done with it. H is 11 weeks pregnant and was suffering extreme nausea, luckily not accompanied by sickness but still very distressing. We had a chat about traditional remedies, drink and a biscuit before you get out of bed, ginger biscuits are recommended, as is ginger beer or ginger itself at any time; anti-nausea wrist-bands; frequent nibbling of biscuits, sweets and, for many women, carbonated drinks. I asked if there were twins in the family, as a multiple pregnancy will produce more pronounced pregnancy symptoms, H was having her scan this morning so we would know soon enough! I reassured her that morning sickness is actually quite a positive sign of a healthy pregnancy, so whilst it is quite debilitating it is also comforting and, will hopefully not continue for more than another few weeks. We carried on with the paperwork and chat, no obvious problems so I quite happily booked H for midwife-led care, mentioning homebirth as a possibility if all continued well with the pregnancy.
Today I had a student nurse out with me on her maternity placement. She was an enthusiastic companion and very eager to find out everything that community midwives get up to. I didn’t have a clinic today but took her into one of my surgeries to pick up any messages and drop off a Maternity Certificate for one of my women to collect. The phlebotomist (blood taker) was there and I checked with her that she knew what to do with the new Family Origin Questionnaires we are using. As we were chatting she told me that H had been in this morning for her blood tests having just returned from her scan. Apparently H was excited, she is having identical twins. I immediately phoned H to congratulate her and her husband and check that all the foundations for her care had been established at the antenatal clinic. They had, in fact H was impressed by how instant the response was when the two babies were seen. H said that when her husband had come home after her booking appointment she had told him about my ‘twin’ comment. When they were having the scan, and could see one baby he had, jokingly, said ‘Oh. Is that another one?’, and as they laughed about it the sonographer told them that it was, apparently their laughter became somewhat hysterical after that. That’s 5, pregnant with twins, women on my books at the moment, and all naturally conceived.