Just a few days prior we had to go through quite a few hoops to get home. I figured that in order to fly at almost 37 weeks pregnant that I would need a doctor's note. My midwife was totally fine with me flying and readily gave me my note along with my medical records. Just to make sure I decided to call the airline to double check their policy for flying while pregnant. Its a good thing I called becasue United requires a doctor's note dated within 1-3 days of the flight if you are in your last month of pregnancy. I thought of just saying that I was 8 months pregnant instead of 9, but I'm a horrible liar. I also thought of getting my midwife to fax over a note, but it would have Bozeman OBGYN right at the top and might raise some red flags that I really hadn't seen a doctor in the last few days. So I called the practice that Hannah had gone to and hoped that I could see the midwife that delivered Lilly Geanne. Unfortunately they wouldn't see me just for one visit and told me I would have to go to the ER to get my doctor's note! The thought of spending 1/2 a day in the ER right after Christmas was really not appealing. Christmas day I called into the ER to see if there would be an OB scheduled that I could see. Fortunately the ER manager thought that it would make more sense to send me to Labor and Delivery instead of going into the ER. So instead of shopping the post Christmas deals we headed to L & D at St Vincent which was the hospital that I was born at! They monitored Easton's hearbeat for about 30 minutes and my mom got to hear his strong hearbeat for the first time! The OB checked me and I was 1cm dialated but my cervix was still pretty far back. She gave me a clean bill of health to fly!
Armed with my doctor's note and my medical records I had no worries about my ability to get home to have this baby. Irronically enough, no one even asked me how far along I was in the Portland airport or Denver!
37 Week Belly!