This will be my first HB and I'm wondering if it's ever too early to start interviewing midwives. I'm only 5 weeks along, but I like to go ahead and get things settled and know who I can call if I have questions or issues.
Thoughts? Is this a dumb question?
Nah not too early, but they often don't start checkups until 12 weeks, so it's not a pressing need either, normally. Anyway it is better to schedule the interview early at least so you can find a time to meet that works well for both within the next couple weeks.
Depending on what area you're in, you may want to start calling people. When I lived in Syracuse, the Ithaca midwives would book pretty far in advance.
Midwife (CPM, LDM) and homeschooling mama to:
14yo ds 11yo dd 9yo ds and 7yo ds and 2yo ds
My midwife actually does a couple of "pre conception" appointments each month, for people who are trying to get pregnant and want to meet her in case they do. She gives a little advice about cycle tracking and nutrition, but it's basically just a pre-need interview. She does not think this is weird.
Mama to Silas Anansi, born 9/9/10 and Petra Eadaion, born 10/1/12.
Never too early. I began calling midwives during the TTC phase with my first – several offered to book consultations so that I could get a feel for if their practice was right for us, and also so that we could make a decision as midwives often have much more limited availability than a doctor’s office (which often also overbooks but has a hospital staff as back-up and is much more likely to “schedule” deliveries for convenience, as well). I actually just did some phone calls pre-pregnancy, and we decided we really liked the first midwife we saw (around 7 weeks for our consultation).