Well, we did it. I actually wrote the check for the down payment on Sue's midwifery services for this baby. Today was my first "official" appointment - the one where she asks all her questions and I ask all mine and we make sure that we feel comfortable doing this together. We waited awhile to do this, because we were still thinking about possible doctors, possible dual care, possible lots of things - and then when we finally decided to go ahead with this appointment, another client went into labor. :) But today was good, and I feel peaceful and happy and confident that we are making the right decision. It is a good feeling.
Sue is so completely and utterly unlike me. She is scatterbrained (and I mean, really scattered). If you need something and she says she'll call you back, just plan to call her again later in the day. She won't remember to call you. On the other hand, she will tell you this straight up, laugh a bit, and add the admonition "if you're in labor and you call and I tell you I'm with a client and will call you back, just say 'Sue, I'm in labor!' and that will definitely get my attention!"
She loves to talk to people. Her entire day, all day, is made up of talking with people, and she just enjoys it. In a doctor's office you have to have all your questions ready to spit out in under five minutes. Sue will give you an hour or more, (this initial visit was two!) and she never looks at her watch. She radiates confidence and calm and kindness and humor, and that doesn't even begin to describe it. She is just the exact sort of person who you would want helping you in labor. I'm so glad she'll be there during mine.
There is just one major thing (at this point) which could change our plans, and that is the result of an ultrasound that I'll be having in a few weeks. We need to make sure that the placenta has implanted high enough in the uterus. If it implants over the c-section scar, then we'll be dealing with placenta accreta. If it implants over the uterus opening, that is placenta previa. Both would mean a planned c-section. So if you think of it, could you please pray (without ceasing!) that the ultrasound will show a placenta nicely high and out of the way? Thanks!