Friday, June 07, 2013

Ready to go, water and as a couple.

1. The midwife comes for a recce ready for our planned homebirth. She brings the most wonderful surprise -- two student midwives who are caseloading. Caseloading is the gold standard for midwifery care but is rarely available on the NHS. It means that you get a particular midwife for your postnatal care and for the birth. If I have a home birth, a senior midwife from the community team will be there, though I don't know which one. Now I am guaranteed at least one of these lovely students -- who will also be doing my post-natal midwife appointments (at home, what service) from now on. And even if I end up in hospital, they will come. Alec's birth was a good experience -- but it was among strangers. I can't tell you how much it means to know that I will have a familiar, trusted midwife with me.

2. The cup of water at the end of my chiropractic treatment.

3. To meet Nick and do the nursery pick-up together.