We’ve just come back from having a scan to check the location of the placenta (which was very low at the 22 week scan). We are very thankful that the placenta has grown up, the location is no longer a problem. The baby seems to be doing well – the estimate on weight is a whopping 7lbs 12 oz!! (and I’m only 36 weeks). I knew I was right not to buy any newborn clothing!
We finally managed to do the hospital tour last night. The midwife showing us around was so nice, and everything was very peaceful on the wards (no screaming to be heard!). To my surprise the standard delivery rooms were nicer than I’d imagined, and the “home from home” rooms (these are all available free on the NHS, it just depends on staffing levels) weren’t as nice as I’d pictured. The “home from home” rooms have much more space to move around (active birth philosophy), and have en suite toilet and bath facilities (this is what sells them to me!). The only pain relief available on them however is gas and air (just as it would be if I had a home birth), and after the estimate on the baby’s weight at today’s scan Simon said to me, “So, does the weight of the baby affect which room you’d like to request? He has a point, I think I might well like to have the option of other, stronger, forms of pain relief!