Pregnancy Update: Finally! I Found a Provider!
Finally! I’m 95% sure I found a provider who is a good fit for me. This is the third provider so…three’s a charm, right?
My anxiety was pretty high about finding a provider who would be supportive of me as a patient and supportive of my birth plan. I have been in DEEP prayer about finding a good provider for a months! It was starting to bother me that I was past 20 weeks of pregnancy and I was having trouble finding a provider. I really do not like “doctor shopping”, but I know it must be done in order to find a provider who I feel is going to be a good fit for me.
My new doctor supportive of natural birth and is very professional. I also like that establishing a doctor-patient relationship is important to him. This is also something I was looking for in a provider. I wanted someone who took the time to get to know me as patient and my healthcare needs. I didn’t want to feel like just a number or like my voice wasn’t being heard.
Anxiety during pregnancy is hard!
Having an anxiety disorder can be crippling at times, especially when pregnant. I have been praying regularly about my anxiety. One of my fears is I will have postpartum depression again like I did after I gave birth to Zechariah, my fourth baby. I am praying for God’s healing and peace.
Having support is key.
This go ’round of pregnancy I am taking more control of my well-being to ensure I have the support I need. Travis is very supportive; this, of course, helps me very much. I also hired a doula team for this pregnancy. I have never had a doula before, but I always wanted one. Having the extra support from the doulas has been very helpful. I think one of the best things a person who suffers from an anxiety disorder can do is have a strong support system.
Scratch that. Prayer comes first! Definitely stay in prayer about it, and then work on establishing a strong support person or group of people.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Philippians 4:6-7