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#1 of 11 Old 07-29-2006, 12:41 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I am due in mid Oct, so I am about 7 months pregnant. I have had no prenatal care. I am looking for a midwife for a homebirth. Is the fact that I have had no prenatal care a problem? TIA,
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*not a mw*

I imagine it depends on the mw herself AND the reasons you decided not to seek out any prenatal care.

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*not a mw*

I imagine it depends on the mw herself AND the reasons you decided not to seek out any prenatal care.

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For a good midwife, it shouldn't be a "problem", although she may want to do more in the way of gathering a baseline on you, and I hope she'd want to understand your reasons why you haven't had prenatal care yet (not all reasons are equal, or at least they're not treated the same way - socioeconomic inability to seek prenatal care is MUCH different than high birth/body trust and not feeling the need for it, and suggests different courses of action from here).

If a midwife tries to tell you this makes you "high risk", run the other way. Seriously.
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I doubt it will be aproblem. Good luck to you!!

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i know my midwife would take you, and just try to quickly develop a close relationship with you..the whole point of midwife visits is not so much the care...oh yes, they do the fundal height, blood pressure, etc. But a ton of it is developing a relationship and friendship...getting a feel for you.

That inner sense during labor and birth is what helps a midwife...if they know you really well, they can *read* you.

Am I rambling?? BUt yes, my midwife would take you probably. And as long as you had not engaged in dangerous activity..street drugs, etc. I should think it would be fine.
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Have you had no prenatal care whatsoever, or no prenatal care by a professional? I'd consider things like eating more healthily, being careful of the medications you take, and noticing that your baby is moving around, to be part of prenatal care. Stuff like carefully monitoring your weight and testing urine protein and stuff is also part of prenatal care but isn't that important.
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I personally wouldn't have a problem with taking you as a client. I would ask why you had no care, though. If you were doing "self-care" and have had a few babies and didn't see the need, I have no problem with that. If fact, many of the amish/mennonite don't seek care during their later pregnancies until 6 months or later. Doesn't affect outcome!

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I am due in mid Oct, so I am about 7 months pregnant. I have had no prenatal care. I am looking for a midwife for a homebirth. Is the fact that I have had no prenatal care a problem? TIA,
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Sure you have had prenatal care.....you are eating well and loving your baby! I think the most important prenatal care is what the mother does herself! Like someone else here said, the majority of what we do during prenatal care is just connect with the mom so that she will feel comfortable with us attending her during birth.

As an apprenticing midwife, I would have no problem taking you on as a client!

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In some areas, no prenatal care by 36 weeks makes you high risk, according to the state practice guidelines.

It could be a problem, it really depends.

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I agree that if you are conscientious and knowledgeable about nutrition, exercise, avoidance of harmful substances, good vibe about you, etc then you have had prenatal care.. but I know a midwife would want to do some 'catching up' with you perhaps, to make up for time she would have otherwise had with you throughout the pregnancy. It is a relationship/intuition thing much more than doing a battery of tests, etc (which is how an OB office would react, tag you as risk likely, be very nervous about what they "don't know" about you, having "no numbers" on you, etc). Yes the reason you have not sought outside prenatal care is significant, but does not mean you can't start working with a midwife who is comfortable seeing you and vice versa. I myself switched to a lay midwife from an OB's care at 7 months with my 2nd child, never regretted that... The MW saw me for a few extra/more frequent appointments to make up for lost time, but we clicked well from the beginning, she was great, and so was the birth. Good luck to you
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Thank you so much everyone. I have had a lot of raised eyebrows and concerned (you're not taking care of your baby!!) looks. And a few from midwives. I was starting to get worried. Thanks so much!

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