Because we don’t have a lot of money, I was on medicaid during my pregnancy (however I’ve been getting bills randomly for some of the stuff that happened during/post labor so I’m trying to get that cleared up). And Maxine is now on medicaid, which is nice. We also get WIC which helps pay for some food for me and most of her formula. It’s been a really big help and I urge any pregnant woman who needs help to contact their local area clinics and see if they can help them apply.
This morning I had my check up with a woman involved with medicaid. She came over to check that Max has a good place to sleep (her cosleeper is awesome), was meeting all her milestones, and that the apartment was a good place for her. She asked me a bunch of questions on this survey about what Max is able to do. Some of them were “does she reach out and touch things?” and “does she smile and laugh?” Max passed the test pretty well except a few small things but the quiz is geared for babies up to 4 months old so she can still catch up in those small areas. It was nice to hear everything is going well!
She also asked me a lot of questions about how I feel, if I feel depressed, and what mental illnesses run in my family. I told her about how I felt really upset for a bit about how I was unable to enact my original birth plan and unable to breastfeed, but explained how I feel a lot better about it now. She said I seem like I am doing a good job and not under any kind of worry for falling into a depression.
All of it was nice to talk to someone about, almost like a therapy session just to see that we’re on track. It made me feel great to know someone, a 3rd party, thinks I’m doing a good job! Max has a doctor’s appointment in 3 weeks for another round of shots and the doctor will evaluate her again then, so I’m happy to just get a little more info from the pamphlets she gave me.