May 31, 2012
So today it was time for my monthly check-up and ultrasound. I waited for my dh to come back from work and we went together. The first words I heard from receptionist were: Why are you here for? What's the reason for another ultrasound? Did any of the doctors order it?
I explained very patiently that yes, a month ago dr. X said to schedule another appointment with him and ultrasound in a month. She looked at me with disbelief and said that I already had one ultrasound at 20 weeks along and that it should be enough for the whole pregnancy. I didn't know what she was talking about so I asked if she was referring to the level 2 ultrasound I had at specialist's office. She said with an attitude: No, I'm talking about regular ultrasound and you should only have one during entire pregnancy time.
I asked her why I should only get one ultrasound if my insurance pays standard one ultrasound per month or more frequently if there is a good reason for that?
She looked at me like I didn't know what I was talking about and went to office manager's office. After a few minutes the office manager called us and started asking the same questions; what's the reason for having another ultrasound etc? I said that I thought it was standard to get an ultrasound every 4 weeks and told her that as far as my knowledge goes, my insurance paid everything up to date. She checked and said that yes.
But the whole situation already made me nervous and angry: I kind of felt like in their eyes I was doing something illegal because I wanted just to check on my baby. I felt disrespected and very disappointed.
If they told me at the beginning that they allow one ultrasound during the whole pregnancy time, I wouldn't even pick that medical office in first place. But no, they didn't tell me anything before, I have already started liking both of the doctors and staff and suddenly today they treat me like first timer or a criminal...
Honestly, I would leave that office, but I wanted that ultrasound really badly - I kind of prepared myself that I will be seeing Jacob today..
I know it's not just my pregnancy hormones talking - my husband said that that whole situation was very unpleasant and he didn't like the attitude.
Is it really too much to expect to see my baby once a month?
Thanks God, Jacob is doing great and I even got a few nice pics, but I really wish I could have more understanding and respectful people at my doc's office.
I guess I have to sleep with it and then decide what to do (my first thought was to leave and never come back).
Jacob weighs 2 pounds 12 ounces, his heartbeat was at 136-140 and he tried to hide his face as usual;-)
The u/s technician was able to take a few pics and told us that our baby will have lots of hair, because she could see a lot of hair already! Jacob is head down and hopefully he will stay this way. His measurements were perfect and my uterus measures 30 cm, so 2 weeks ahead.