We just moved here in August so I had to go with a totally different care provider than my last birth, and a totally different birth. There's a group of midwives here that are supposed to be really great so I'm meeting with them Thursday. I'll be eight weeks along and I was pretty surprised that they'd see me this soon. With the other kids, I didn't see anyone until I was about ten weeks along. This looks just an intake visit, and they sent a whole form detailing how long it would take (40 minutes for each intake (there's two) including meeting with the midwife). Seems a little long to me but we'll see. Nothing about confirming pregnancy or an ultrasound. I'd like one as I'm pretty unsure about dates this time around.
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I would like very little prenatal care as well. I'd like to hear the heartbeat starting around 12 weeks (will buy a doppler and use at home sparingly) and an anatomy scan at 22 weeks, my last scan with my son was at 19 weeks and I had to go back a few weeks later for a more accurate view-so why not just wait? I'd like a midwife, we will be moving in August so this is going to be tricky. I might set it up so that I can get a doc and scan here for a brief time and then when we move try and secure a midwife. I will get in touch with one beforehand. That's my idea as of now. :)
I now know why!
My pregnancy was so "medicalized" with me having been on the pill,
Had 3 betas, 10 pee on a sticks (2 false +, then 2 negatives, then 6+)
an ultrasound at just under 5 weeks, my midwife saying thumbs up,
My GP diagnosed "non viable" based on my first HCG...but then it doubled perfectly!
My uterus is growing nicely, my mw is my good friend I got her to feel and give me an
Internal!!! Exterior every 2-3 days. I got every symptom in spades
Usually I pee I'm pregnant see you at 4 months.
Edited by Shiloh - 7/3/12 at 6:33pm
Thanks MamaBeakley! That's good to know. I think we still do not qualify, but I have a friend who might and I don't think she new about counting the expected family size rather than the "current" size (although I guess we really do currently have 3 in our family)!
Thankfully, the only things (hopefully) I'll need to pay out for is blood work, the Glucose test (blech) and our one U/S (around 21 weeks). If I stay low-risk and everything is normal, then all of my other pre-natal care will be a barter until we get to the UK, when it will be covered by NHS.
I'll have my first appt. at the end of this week, so I'll be almost 11 weeks. This is the earliest I've ever been seen before! My first baby I had my first appt. at 13 weeks, and my second I think around the same time. I try not to stress too much in the first trimester...so much is uncontrollable during this time. I'm glad I have midwives with the same philosophy :-)