Right now I am on hold with my previous Midwife’s office, ironic since the office just left me a voice mail yet… they have kept me on hold going on 5 minutes now.
A bit of back story, when I first became pregnant I first went to an OB office that my twin sister used during her pregnancy. I should have known better considering she had the classic mainstream “do as the doctor says without question” pregnancy and labor. After a hellish time there I switched to a midwifery practice around 16wks. I had some issues with the medical care but it was better than the OB office at the time.
A month ago they brought up the glucose test. I denied it right away. I did not take it with my oldest and considering the sheer amount of false positives with the test, didn’t feel it was in my or my unborn son’s best interest to take the test. Two weeks ago I went for what I thought was my “regular” prenatal visit, instead I am accosted by a receptionist, two nurses, and the midwife about taking the glucose test. I am given scare tactics right away, I explained my reasoning behind my choice, then the midwife and I came to a compromise, if sugar started appearing in my urine dips, or any other symptoms showed up I would then take the test. Mind you, the test can be taken at ANY point during the pregnancy, it’s just simply most taken around the start of the seventh month. About four hours later as I’m at the store with my son, I get a phone call from the midwife I saw hours earlier telling me the male OB that I’ve never met decided that either I take the test, be treated as a diabetic for the duration of the pregnancy (including but not limited to testing my blood sugar 6+ times a day), or be “fired” from the practice.
I was very upset by this of course, at that time I was almost 7 months along (starting my third trimester), and really didn’t need more worries. I told them to cancel the next appointment I had because I was not willing to take the un-needed test nor was I willing to be treated like a diabetic, also that I needed a copy of my records. So after being on the phone for close to 20minutes just now, the woman who did not identify herself tried to argue with me that “we never said that”. No YOU didn’t say that, the midwife “Wendy” and the male OB “said that” to me. Then I am told I can only have my records from when I started using their practice, but can’t have the ones I brought over from the previous OB office. So I somehow have to fight (seriously the first OB office is THAT bad) to get a copy of my records from 4wks – 16wks of pregnancy, and then obtain the secondary set from 16wks – 26wks from the midwife practice. I also somehow have to find a NEW practice to not only accept me but that also shares the same birth/pregnancy values as me… which isn’t so easy to do when you’re 7 months pregnant.
If I wasn’t so worried about it being a VBAC I might even lean towards finding a home birth midwife, but as it is I don’t think they would be covered by state insurance.
I am at my wits end.
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