Being in the birth field I knew there had to be another way. I first hit the internet looking up the various tests I needed done and checking to see if I could get labs done on my own. The search led me to reach out to a birth center as well as a local midwife. When my local midwife friend responded with the costs of the labs if I went through her, it was a no brainer! A couple of weeks later, dear midwife came to our apartment with all the tubes needed and our list, and on my living room couch I patiently had 7 vials of blood drawn. My husband had one taken (the guys get off so easy in this journey don't they ;p ). Because I have crappy veins, the best one she found was on top of my hand. With Disney Princess band-aids being all I had, I felt like I was raising my fist for Princess Power the rest of the day. I had never been so excited in my life to have my blood taken, I HATE needles (something I need to overcome soon for IVF anyway). Having it done at home makes a world of difference. I was able to relax and be comfortable and it was hassle free.
The big moral of the story is, SHOP AROUND! We are so thankful we did.
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