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Our Baby at 12 weeks

We had our 12 week prenatal appointment on Tuesday. I always look forward to my appointments, I love my midwives! I especially like the 12 week appointment because you get to hear the babies heartbeat with the Doppler for the first time. It just makes the whole thing feel a lot more real. I did hear the heartbeat at our dating ultrasound but Myles and Simon were not with me so this was the first chance for both of them to hear it.

Here we are listening… (photos by Myles)

and here is Simon (very seriously) checking my blood pressure and helping to check my belly.

For some reason whenever we are at home or at someone else home he automatically takes off his shoes and socks. I guess it’s a good sign that he thinks he is at home at the birth center because he almost immediately takes off his shoes and socks.

I actually recorded the heartbeat with my phone. And I am very proud of myself that I combined a sound clip with an image to make a video. I am not very good with imovie. I learned it on my old mac and then got a new mac last summer and it came with an updated version of imovie and they had complete changed the whole thing! I was stuck relearning it. So I purchased a copy of final cut express and I have been slowly learning how to put together videos on it. It is not at all intuitive and way more software than I can handle, so hats off to those who are very talented at make exceptional home videos. Here is the 17 second recording of the heartbeat

baby’s heartbeat (12 weeks) from Emily Weaver Brown on Vimeo.

I  am still suffering from a bit of morning sickness though not throwing up as much. Hopefully it will completely pass in the next couple of weeks as nothing seems to really help. I have been craving tons of fresh fruits and veggies (specifically oranges) but I am completely averse to most meat and I am finding it hard to even eat cheese, yogurt, eggs, and other forms of protein which is horrible since you are basically supposed to double your protein intake during pregnancy.

I have been rereading a lot of my birth/pregnancy books and I bought a bunch more. Right now I am reading a new one Born in the USA by Mardsen Wagner and I am really enjoying it. I found this really good quote that explains about the difference between the midwifery and obstetric model of care and I wanted to share it for those who are less familiar with midwifery. “The key elements in the midwifery model of birth are normality, facilitation of natural processes (with minimal intervention, all evidence-based), and empowerment of the birthing woman. Taking on the role of facilitator, midwives will typically reassure, calm, and encourage birthing women. Obstetricians, on the other hand, typically try to get the birth under their own control by overriding the natural processes with drugs and medical procedures, and giving orders. The medical model and the midwifery model are essentially different paradigms or ways of looking at women and birth. Doctors “deliver” babies and believe that having a baby is something that happens to a women. Midwives assist at a birth and believe that giving birth is something that a women does.”

so that’s the update. Until next time!

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  1. I am due 10-10-10 so we’ll be growing along the same timeline! I’m pregnant with my first… isn’t it exciting? 🙂


  2. Awe, so great to document these! We are blessed with an OB with a midwife’s heart, kinda the best of both worlds. I love that you are so in-tune with the process.

  3. Awe, so great to document these! We are blessed with an OB with a midwife’s heart, kinda the best of both worlds. I love that you are so in-tune with the process.

  4. Cool perspective, Emily! I saw an article on msn.com and thought of you…. check it out since I can’t paste the link here.
    P.S. We named our daughter Ella!

  5. Eliza

    As a vegan, I have experience with good alternative sources of protein. Nuts and beans are great, and so are mushrooms!

  6. Cortney

    Just checked your blog to see your sweet photos, and saw this! Congrats on your pregnancy!! How exciting! I was so so so sick the second time around, I really hope you feel better soon. It’s so miserable! I’m excited to check in from time to time and hear about your pregnancy!