I had some spotting on Christmas Eve, and when I called my midwives, they said they were in the office and to come by to chat. I did, and the bleeding didn't seem to worry them much. I still hadn't had my first appointment at the time, so they decided to give the Doppler a whirl to see if they could find the heartbeat. It took two people and well over 5 minutes of searching, but we did eventually hear that beautiful sound. This was 10w6d.
Today (11w3d) I had my intake appointment/family history. I was so excited to hear the baby again, but this time the midwife couldn't find anything. She was not one of the midwives who searched the other day. She *did* say she heard good "uterine tones," but she seemed somewhat concerned that she couldn't find the baby. Maybe I'm projecting my own concern, I'm not sure. She offered to call and get me an ultrasound appointment at a nearby hospital, but I don't have insurance and figure it won't change the outcome anyway. She did recommend that I come in next week to try again, so I'll probably do that.
If it helps, I do have a retroverted uterus, the other two midwives pressed harder and looked for longer, and my bladder was pretty full the first time and totally empty today. Should I freak out? It's pretty hard not to, but I don't really have any "bad feelings" about this. I was actually not expecting to hear it at all at 11w...if I hadn't heard it before, I doubt I'd be worried at all. I just can't seem to find any stories of midwives finding and then not finding the heartbeat that don't have bad outcomes :(