August 12, 2008 at 10:44 pm #101115
At what stage in your pregnancy did you go to antenatal classes? I am really disappointed in my ObGyn at the moment because (I am doing shared care thank goodnness) on my first visit to him, he said bring your hubby next time and we’ll talk about all the important stuff like birth plans, what to expect and antenatal classes, so four weeks later, hubby took time off work and we turned up and the ObGyn didnt even see us, we saw the midwife and all she did was blood pressure etc. So for the next appointment I got really excited again that the Dr would tell me something interesting but he didnt – I found myself paying $115 to have my BP taken again! I was not only disappointed, but PO’ed as I’d gotten so excited, I asked him why we hadn’t done any of it and he said because I haven’t booked into the hospital yet (when I rang the hospital, I had about a 8 week wait until my apointment, which is still about 3 weeks away).
It just seems strange to me that at nearly 28 weeks, no medical staff have ever spoken to me at all about labour or babies (at all – seriously)- its only ever been about BP, blood tests and urine.
I work in childcare and so have done uni courses on neonatal care and also have an unending supply of women who like to tell me all their stories and what to expect etc, but I don’t know, I used to get excited about doctor appointments, noe they just make me cranky.
PS – Sorry about the big whinge, I just needed to vent a little I think ” title=”Smile” />August 13, 2008 at 4:03 am #103283
I’m 32 weeks and have just been to my 2nd of 4 weekly antenatal classes, however they were mentioned to me on my first obs appointment and they booked me in for them then and there. Have you asked your GP what his or her opinion on the situation is? Depending on where you are, antenatal classes can be run through your local hospital and also some private groups run some as well so maybe contact your hospital or have a search on the net. I’m not sure what else you could do except hound them and demand some answers. I can tell you most of what has been covered in my antenatal classes I have already read in books anyway so if you’ve done your own research you can rest pretty easy. The only things that haven’t been in the books was a physio gave us a talk on muscle exercises and we had a tour of the labour ward and birthing centre. Hope that helps a little. Good luckNovember 7, 2008 at 10:13 am #103284
That sounds very strange!
WHen I rang my hospital to book in for antenatal classes (I was 32 weeks) the lady freaked out and asked why I’d left it so long to book in! She only just barely managed to squeeze me in.
I would definitely query the service your OB/GYN is giving you! I haven’t even met my ob yet but that’s only because I’ve just come back from being o/seas. But his office rang and told me to book in for the classes at the hospital. I’ve just been seeing my GP to monitor my blood pressure/anemia etc as it’s soo much cheaper!
Don’t meet him until 34 weeks and then we’ll discuss the birthing options etc. I’m comfy with that but if you’re not then you need to stand up for yourself!
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