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Posted in Uncategorized by susieyarbs on March 24, 2009

so, it’s that time of the year for me: the well-woman visit.  i’m probably among the minority here, but i actually like these visits.  it normally involves a lot of chatting, laughing, and then oh yeah, i guess we should go ahead and do that pap smear thing.  is it weird that i’m blogging about pap smears?  kinda.  over it.

so, i prefer going to midwives for my well-woman visits because…well, it’s a nicer experience.  i don’t have a lot to compare it to; i’ve only had one non-midwife gyno visit and it wasn’t terrible, but it was nothing like what i’ve gotten from midwives.  it’s not just a womanly check-up, they talk to you about EVERYTHING.  emotional health, nutrition, ALL physical health areas…my favorite question of this morning, proving this point, was: do you wear a seatbelt?  also, when was the last time you saw a dentist?  do you feel happy most of the time?  how’s life at home?  what do you do for exercise?  the appointments are usually at LEAST an hour long, most of that just talking.  anyway, i like it.

i did a google search for birth centers in san francisco so i could make an appointment, and turns out there’s only one.  lots of midwives, but only one birth center.  this would be the…fourth? midwife i’ve seen for a well-woman visit, and this woman did NOT fit my midwife stereotype.  i’ve come to expect gentle, huggy, warm…you know, someone who knits shawls and drinks lots of tea.  this woman, while still delightful, was inTENSE.  brilliant, but extremely outspoken…pushy, even.  i fortunately didn’t disagree with anything she was saying, but i was still taken aback at times.  it was still a great visit, but i have to say i would not want her delivering any future babies of ours.  the appointment lasted almost two hours!  some highlights: they don’t use stirrups!  they (the midwife and student midwife) had to try several times to get a blood pressure reading, and ended up having to use a kid-sized cuff.  they accepted my insurance!  that’s the first time i’ve ever had a midwife accept my insurance.  apparently most midwives out here will take most PPO plans.  

oh hey!  biscuit making round 2 was a success.  they’re not quite pillsbury, but still delicious.  i’m thinking of making some tortilla soup tonight from the same cookbook.  i’ll update on that tomorrow.

for now:


we are professionally fierce.  fiercely professional?


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  1. French Friend For Life said, on March 25, 2009 at 12:23 am

    I need SOOOO bad to go to the lady doctor. I usually go in December each year, but I was wanting a job before making that appointment. 😦

    My last lady doctor asked about the seatbelt thing…that’s funny.

  2. Anne said, on March 25, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Midwife for well woman exams??!! I didn’t know it was an option! I must look into this for next year’s checkup, it sounds so much better! 🙂

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