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#1 of 44 Old 11-19-2008, 01:16 AM - Thread Starter
 
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When I had my homebirth three years ago the first time I took her to the doctor she was sick and not getting better with over the counter remedies. I think she was around 4 months old.
I am now a senior midwife student and most of the mothers we see do not take their baby in until they need to. If your midwife will do newborn exams there is no need to take the baby in unless she thinks there is something wrong.

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Our first well baby visit was at around 6 months I think. My MW saw her at 6 weeks and we had no issues I wanted to discuss after that.

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both out of hospital births -
1st was on day 3
2nd was at just about 2 weeks
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3 months for ds3

havent yet taken ds4 and he's almost 5 weeks old. Hes perfectly healthy so no need.
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DS didn't see a doctor till he was 4 months old and started gaining very slowly. If that problem hadn't arisen I don't know when I would have taken him.

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We took him in today (one week after his birth) and are going back next week to complete the hearing test. We won't be returning after next week, though. I just wanted to establish a patient relationship with a pediatrician in case of emergencies and because we are not vaccinating.

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We don't do WBV.

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Thanks Ladies I haven't taken my son yet,he saw my midwife last week and was gaining well so i guess I shouldn't be concerned.

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one thing that made me feel bbetter is that i bought a baby scale....if you can afford it you can track his weight yourself.
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When they get sick. With my last it was within hours of birth for a very large Hematoma. Then he went back again in 3 days. But all the others it was mos.

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DS is almost 4 months old and he hasn't been in yet. I haven't had any concerns, he's a super-chunk and a happy baby. I'll probably take him to the doc in a few months just for a "meet and greet" unless he gets sick before then.

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I want to say three months with my first. My midwife followed us for awhile after the birth and he was a happy, healthy chunky guy.
My daughter was also happy, healthy and chunky but the midwife did the newborn screening test and it came back with a thyroid condition. So we had to take her in and she had a scan, etc... turns out her thyroid never dropped to her throat but it's still functioning. Otherwise she wouldn't have gone in either.
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A year .

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Three months. And DD hasn't been to our family doc (we don't use a ped) since then and she's now 2 1/2.

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We don't have a pedi. We use a D.O. for only when we need one, which has been like once. lol
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Nora was 4 days old when we went. The ped checked her weight, checked her for jaundice and asked if my milk had come in. It was fairly straightforward.

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Around 4 months old here too. DD had a little cold that wasn't going away so I saw it as good time to go meet the PA we wanted to use.
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8-ish months - I think.
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Ds#3 went at close to 7 weeks for his "newborn exam" We aren't big on well baby visits though.

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I took him around 3 weeks. Just general everything is okay visit. And I had some questions about delaying vax so we discussed that. We haven't been back - ds is 11 weeks.

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Although I thought my MWs did a good newborn exam, I still wanted DS seen by a ped pretty immediately after birth. I had him on a Friday and I think we went on Monday.

IMO, it's a good idea to have them checked over, just in case there's anything amiss that you might not see. Heart defects are pretty common, for instance, and it's very possible that MW might never have encountered a baby with one. I do think many MWs can and do catch things, but let's face it, it isn't their specialty.

I may be biased because I have two kids with health problems.

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we went at 3 weeks b/c dd2 had thrush and it wasn't clearing up. (darn that awesomely fast birth--no time for her to pick up good bacteria.) if that hadn't been an issue, i think we may not have gone at all yet. she's 4mos today.
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We went at three weeks, but only b/c our MW had suspected that our LO had an esophogeal atresia, and although the situation resolved itself, his initial feeding problems concerned her and she STRONGLY URGED us to take him in to a pedi she recommends (non-vax friendly). If it hadn't been for that, though, we would have just taken him to our GP when he got sick, and eschewed a pedi altogether.
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We took DS2 the next day. he had some birth injuries, was distressed at birth, and had some fluid in his lungs that made his circulation a bit wonky, so we just wanted to be sure everything was okay. He got a perfect bill of health!
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i shoudl edit to add that we dont do pediatricians..there arent any open minded ones in my area (that i have found)...we love our family dr. though. but not enough to visit without a reason.
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My MW did DS's care until 6 weeks and I took him to the a Family Med doctor at 8 weeks to establish care. Big waste of time. Probably won't do that with this baby.

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Umm. Birthed in a birthing center. Released 4 hours later and still has not seen a dr since. She's 10 months old.

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2 months? I can't remember for sure. But I do remember the dr being POed about it being so long after the birth. : My mw had been seeing her from birth, and everything was going well, so....

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My son was 7 months when I took him to the doctor for the first time. I hadn't planned it that way, but I had to move two weeks postpartum and start back at nursing school and were having insurance issues, and then I ended up moving again when he was 4 months old and had to start all over again. So it wasn't until 7 months that I got all the insurance stuff cleared up and found a doctor, etc.

This time around with baby #2, we'll be using my son's doctor for this baby and we just learned that he'll do home visits! So we'll probably have him come by about a week postpartum since my midwife will be by at the 24 hour and 3 day mark and she said they usually try to come on separate days.

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