Mommaof2angels - I had an early ultrasound at 6.3 weeks (I was in a fertility program and it's standard) and they saw an empty sac. But, everything was fine a week later. I really wish we had waited until 7 weeks for the first. So, maybe your doc's office was just trying to prevent unnecessary worry in case things didn't look quite right? 5 weeks is pretty early. I hope your future visits with them go more smoothly! ((hug))
Copper - I worry about that same thing as you and Baby_Cakes! I almost want to buy a doppler so I can check in once a week at home...but I don't know if that's wise. I don't want to subject myself to a freakout. And of course, there is nothing you can do if that does happen...
Bree - I think it's totally possible to hear the hb at 11 weeks! My mw got mine on the doppler last week, at 9.1 weeks. She said that there was a good chance she couldn't get it, though, and that my uterus was tipped slightly which might make it harder. So I think everyone is different.
AFM - I had my first meeting with the mw last week. It went well--heard the heartbeat! This is a "practice" that I go to with both mw's and ob's. I'll see an OB at almost 12 weeks (the 14th) and then will try to see only mw's after that. I really like the convenience of the office...right next door to my work!!