Originally Posted by Pam_and_Abigail
Does anyone here skip all tests? Do some of you pick and choose? How do you know what is necessary and what is extraneous?
It sounds like you have decided, but I'll answer this part of your question
With dd1, I saw an OB for 3 visits before switching to a midwife-run FSBC. I'm sure I had all the blood/urine testing they can do during those 3 visits! I remember also going for the mid-pregnancy bloodwork...but did NOT do the GTT or anything other than basic bloodwork at that point (I don't think she pushed anything else - it was available if the client wanted it, not for her sake, which I now find more refreshing...).
With dd2, I had the initial, first-visit bloodwork/urinalysis at a hospy-based midwife's office...with no intent of staying at the practice, but not really thinking through the whole refusal process. I do remember arguing with the phlebotomist who kept telling me she'd see me at 16 (?) weeks for the GTT...I kept telling her, "no you won't, I won't be doing that," and she kept saying, "yes you will, I'll see you then." I think I was the first person to ever even think of refusing it! After that appt, I switched to a home-birth mw (already in the plans, not in response to the appt) and had not a single additional "test" of any
And ds was our UP/UC. I did NOTHING but measure my BP twice at Target because I happened to walk by the freebie machine
A dear friend/midwife asks people "what will you do with the results? How will the results change your course of action?" In other words, if there's something a test will tell you that will affect your actions, go for it. If not, skip it. For me, there is no test known to medicine that would change what I do while pregnant. So it's a no-brainer for me (now!).