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#1 of 20 Old 09-02-2014, 08:38 PM - Thread Starter
 
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First Appointments

Who has already set their first prenatal appointment? Has anyone already been seen? I have an appointment in about three weeks. I'll be almost nine weeks along by that point. I know the time between now and then will probably fly by, but it seems like such a long wait right now! I don't remember setting them this far in advance in my other pregnancies, but I could be wrong. I wanna go right now. Lol! I think it will just make it seem more "official".

Actually, I'm a joyful mom of three and counting! (I was a tad short-sighted when picking my username!) Married to DH since 2006, mom of DS (2007), DD (2009), DS2 (2012) and a new little one expected early May 2015!
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I still need to schedule mine. I want to tour a birth center with DH but he started a new job yesterday so he has no time off and our insurance doesn't start until November. I'm just waiting for a little more information from my DH before I call, hopefully it will be sometime this week.

Joyfulmom I never call right away so my first appointments are always later. I was 11 weeks with ds and thought I was 12 weeks with dd, turned out I was more like 14 weeks. The good thing about going so late with my dd was that we found out gender on our first appointment
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My first appointment is October 1. You're right, it does seem like a long wait! The funny thing is, I don't even typically go in til closer to the second trimester. I guess I'm just impatient this time.
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I've contacted the local midwifery office I am interested in and will be setting up an appointment tomorrow.
Going into this a second time, I am so glad to know how much choice I have in a caregiver. The first time around I didn't feel as empowered to take the lead in my own prental care.
I guess that's called confidence.
The next step for me a writing up a thorough list of questions for my potential caregivers.
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It's not my first prenatal, but I'm going in for an ultrasound due to the feeling of a bit of pressure radiating from my right side. Good thoughts and warm wishes from all to be well would be much appreciated!
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No appointments yet, and maybe not for a while. Prenatal care here in Brazil is going to be a little un-conventional. I know a licensed midwife here that speaks English, but she's not currently practicing and she's due to have her own baby in Nov. I will talk to her in the next week or two and see if she's interested in doing it. Otherwise she had mentioned to me before that she's knows a couple of midwives in this area. My pregnancies and births have always been really uneventful, so I'm not too worried about it.

There is no way that I will see an OB here. Brazil has the highest c-section rate in the world. It's up to 80-90% in private hospitals and it's about 45% country-wide. Basically, if you don't show up to the hospital pushing, they wheel you in for surgery. Luckily, midwifery is still legal here and there are plenty of women that can be found to help assist in a home birth. My 3 other children have been born at home anyway with no major issues.

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My first appointment is Sept. 30, when I'll be 8 weeks. I was a little worried about waiting since my BP has been a little high lately, and I had gestational hypertension with my first pregnancy, but they didn't seem worried.

Sabrazee - I remember seeing a post from you (maybe it was in the "I'm Pregnant" forum?) about some concerns re: the pressure you've been feeling. Any update?
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pennywhistle I just got my results back and everything is looks great so yay!! I finally feel like I can feel excited about this. Thanks for asking
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Glad you are doing great, Sabrazee! Enjoy the excitement!
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My first appointment is scheduled: September 10th. I'll be 6 weeks and 5 days in. I found a midwife who does solo care, the only in our city, and I am excited to meet with her!
Bonus: the clinic is a 5 minute walk from my house !
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Glad everything looks good sabrazee!

We usually don't have our first appointment until 12 weeks, but my last pregnancy I waited until 14 weeks for some reason. It turned out better that way as she could find the heartbeat with the fetoscope easily, and I don't know if she would've been able to at 12 weeks.
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We have our scan date and booking in appointment with the home birth clinic on Oct 13 th. I will see midwife before then for history etc and aldo need to get bloods done at docs. :-)

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SO glad to hear it, Sabrazee!

And what great news, bruna!
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Yay for good news sabrazee.

I have a time on Monday to tour the birth center I would like to use. If my DH is onboard after the tour I'll probably make my first appointment then. I'm really excited.
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My first appointment will be just before I hit 7 weeks, which seems to be standard for IVF babies. Just to check how many there are (we suspect twins based on my beta results and the fact that we transferred two great quality embryos) and make sure neither of them are ectopic.

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My first appointment is scheduled For September 23rd, I'll be just over seven weeks. Just a basic preliminary well check I think, vitamins etc ;-)
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Abraisme: 80-90% c-section rates?!?! That's INSANE! I'd be running for the hills. How are people not outraged about that?

I hope you find a like- minded care provider you can trust.
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I'm still waiting to see if I'll be taken on. Midwives are a hot commodity around here and you pretty much need to have them on the phone as you pee on a stick.
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I'm scheduled for December 2nd. I'll be 16 weeks then. Second baby, cpm practice. I don't really see a reason to go earlier. Checking my own urine, bp had always been fine, nothing I need from them until second trimester, really.
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I just found out yesterday that there is a good homebirth midwife in the town where I live. The extra bonus is that she speaks English! She only takes 2 births a month, so I need to get in contact with her asap!

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