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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Bubba (9) Lukey (5) Fat Baby (2) Me
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.
Carrie SAHM to Nora Caitlyn ('08) and Finnley Dax ('11) homebirthing, breastfeeding, babywearing, intactivist, doula mama!
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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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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