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Bah! MW I was going to use is moving!

post #1 of 6
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I'm still waiting on the insurance to go through, 9 weeks right now, little frustrated because I had care all lined up and now I have to find someone else.

 

Bleh.

post #2 of 6

You have plenty of time :)  I might be crazy but my partner asked me earlier today when I was planning to go in for my first prenatal appointment and I told him I didn't go last time until 18 weeks and I can't imagine, without experiencing complications, why I would need to go in until then.  Am I missing something?  If I don't plan on having any early ultrasounds and I know to eat well and take my prenatals is there any other reason I should go in for care earlier?  This is only round 2 for me and the first time I went in for an ultrasound to find out the gender at 18 weeks and didn't see a midwife again until my seventh month.  I plan to keep in better touch with my care providers this time to develop a better relationship, but I haven't quite determined who those providers will be.  It must suck to have someone specific in mind and to lose the option you wanted.  I don't feel super drawn to ANY of the midwives in my area so may consider travelling to the nearest birth center to meet the midwives there in the coming months.  Any secondary options you feel good about??

post #3 of 6
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I UP'd for the last 11 weeks of my pregnancy last time, so I'm not freaking out, I just want an early ultrasound for dating purposes and I need meds for HG. And I prefer other support at birth. Other than that, I'd be fine with another UP/UC.

I am not sure I'm making sense and I suspect that's coming across as rude. It's not meant to be. Sorry. redface.gif

post #4 of 6

You're not being rude, I just seriously am not sure if it's risky for a mama to go without prenatal care for awhile.  It worked just fine for me last time.  Only thing that doesn't make sense is I'm unsure what UP/UC mean!  I DO know what you mean about wanting the right care at your birth.  After my experience last time I know I'm searching far and wide until I find just the right person this time.  Not all midwives are created equally, unfortunately...

post #5 of 6
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Originally Posted by hotsauce View Post

You're not being rude, I just seriously am not sure if it's risky for a mama to go without prenatal care for awhile.  It worked just fine for me last time.  Only thing that doesn't make sense is I'm unsure what UP/UC mean!  I DO know what you mean about wanting the right care at your birth.  After my experience last time I know I'm searching far and wide until I find just the right person this time.  Not all midwives are created equally, unfortunately...

There's actually been a lot of discussion in the past about prenatal care in this country vs. other countries and what is actually necessary.  For example, apparently the avg. amount of appointments here in the first trimester is 3...most people in public health would likely say that's a bit excessive.  Other countries with vastly superior healthcare systems do fewer than we do.  

 

The midwives here usually see moms who have had babies already at 12 weeks for the first appointment.  They may see a first time mom earlier, as they can give them nutrition/vitamin information and other basic information on what to expect and what is normal in early pregnancy.

 

Probably about half of the freestanding birth centers here have an option for homebirths, so that is what I do.  The one thing I do like about having the freestanding birth center is that if I need bloodwork, or an ultrasound, etc. they can do that in the office.  Otherwise, if I was working with an independant midwife she would have to write up an order and I'd have to travel to a laboratory facility, or go to a hospital/outside clinic for an ultrasound or non-stress test if it was needed.

post #6 of 6
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Originally Posted by hotsauce View Post

You're not being rude, I just seriously am not sure if it's risky for a mama to go without prenatal care for awhile.  It worked just fine for me last time.  Only thing that doesn't make sense is I'm unsure what UP/UC mean!  I DO know what you mean about wanting the right care at your birth.  After my experience last time I know I'm searching far and wide until I find just the right person this time.  Not all midwives are created equally, unfortunately...

 

Ok, good.  :)

 

UP/UC is Unassisted Pregnancy and Unassisted Childbirth.

 

I went the UP route from week 32 on with my last pregnancy because the mw didn't do anything that I didn't already know how to do. Also, my HG wasn't being treated at all, so I just continued on my own, using remedies I know I can get OTC. So I fired her and finished the pregnancy and had the birth with just me & my husband.

 

You're right - not all mws are created equal. :-/

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