Because Elizabeth was a breech birth, and added to that, a female, she is more likely to have something called Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip. From the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Developmental dysplasia (dislocation) of the hip (DDH) is an abnormal formation of the hip joint in which the ball on top of the thighbone (femur) is not held firmly in the socket. In some instances, the ligaments of the hip joint may be loose and stretched.”
So when she was almost 4 weeks old, Mom and I took her in for an ultrasound of her hips. The result: “Both hips are a little loose, but will probably settle in just fine.” We were to take her in for a repeat ultrasound a month later.
Friday I took her in for her repeat ultrasound. The result: “The left hip is fine, but the right one is still a little loose.” We are to take her in for another repeat ultrasound in a month.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they’re being cautious, and thank goodness my insurance will cover all of these ultrasounds in their entirety (due to her birth having used up all our deductible already), but I have to do this again?