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#1 of 25 Old 10-24-2007, 05:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I've been seriously thinking about switching to a home birth, but I'm already 22 weeks. Is it possible to do something like that? I would have to switch midwife practices because the one I'm at now doesn't do homebirths. Has anyone had any experience with this? Also, does anyone have any recommendations for a homebirth midwife in Northern VA? Thanks!!

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I just switched to a homebirth midwife. I was about 22 weeks at the time. I'm so glad I did, I'm loving the midwife!
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One of my good friends switched from her OB to a homebirth midwife at around 32 weeks and had a wonderful experience and was the perfect decision for her. So I don't think it is too late at all, and would be a wonderful decision for you if that is what you want.
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Well it's not like you're switching in the middle of birth (I say that totally joking around)

I think it's perfectly fine. Really from here on out is where you start doing more visits anyway and it gives you plenty of time to get to know a homebirth midwife. With DD I was being seen by an OB and I switched OBs at 32 weeks no problem. I don't see this being a problem either.

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I switched at around 28 weeks with baby #5 (I'm a slow learner). Now I'm getting ready for a homebirth with baby #6 in 6-7 weeks! Go for it!
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Sure, you can switch anytime.

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The only bad decision you could make, would be not switching at all, when you know it's what you want! So yes, switch. It's ok. Mamas have switched much later than you are and been fine--myself included, though I switched to UC.

As for MW recs, check on your area in Finding your Tribe.
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I switched from hospital to homebirth at 35 weeks (I'm due on Monday). I'm super excited about my homebirth.
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I second that it would be wrong to not switch if a hospital birth is not what you want. Go for it.

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It's never too late. I finally found my homebirth midwife when I was 34 weeks with our second baby. Best decision I EVER made!
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It's definitely not too late! I'm in VA too, let me know if you still need some names of midwives to check out.

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I switched at 28 weeks without a problem. You should be fine. Good luck finding a great midwife.
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Definitely not too late. I switched at about 38 weeks, and first met my new midwives exactly three days before my son was born. And it was great! So I think you have plenty of time.
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There are currently two CNM homebirth practices in the DC area and I think there are also some DEMs in No VA who are semi-legal or recently legal or something. Also, I think there's a third CNM homebirth practice starting in the spring.

http://www.birthcare.org/index.html
http://www.sacredjourneymidwifery.com/home

I had both my babies w/Birthcare and was well-satisfied, but they, like any practice, do have their little quirks - and are probably most likely to be full already since they've been around for 20 years.

They may be able to refer you to the DEMs, though, if you're having trouble finding them on your own.

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I remember a story about a woman getting serious induction pressure at 41 weeks. She switched to hb and had her baby the next day. it is NEVER too late.

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Go for it mama! I switched at 28 weeks. Its never too late
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CPMs are legal in VA, by the way. Good luck!

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I think you should do what makes you happy! I switched from an ob to a homebirth midwife at 25 weeks and it was the best thing!!

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I terminated care from my obgyn practice at 22 weeks and had my first homebirth app the next week.
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Switched at 37 weeks with my last pregnancy. OB told the certified mw she couldn't attend me at home because i was high risk (guess being pregnant was what made me high risk) so I think found lay midwives and saw them a few days later. Never told the OB that I was leaving. I just didn't go back or call. They called me when I would have been 42 or 43 weeks pregnant to see where I was. I'm so glad I switched. This pregnancy I hopped from a cert. midwife to living in another country all together. Came back here about 2 weeks ago and called the mw I had last time. She's going to attend me again. I am 38 weeks pregnant. Good thing she knows me! So yes you can switch!
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i'm switching right now, at 32w. i interviewd 5 MW practices and none had any concerns about it. i'm so excited!
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I interviewed midwives at 32 weeks, decided on one at 34 weeks, DD was born at 43 weeks. There's plenty of time

Happy homebirthing and rock on with listening to your instincts!
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Well it's not like you're switching in the middle of birth (I say that totally joking around)
We actually had a lady leave the hospital in labour and birth at the maternity centre (this was in Jamaica). She had an awesome birth!


I've interviewed 38 and 39 weekers, and they had their babies that night.

22 weeks is still early...some of our multips don't even seek care until after 26 weeks.
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I switched with my first, at 36 weeks!

Have a blessed birth....
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I switched at 20 weeks with my son, just decided decided to hire a MW with this pregnancy (was going to go UC, it may still be a UC, but I like knowing I have a homebirth midwife "on-call" if I need her)

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