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With my son, I started seeing my midwives around 12 weeks, I think. With my last pregnancy, I still hadn't decided on a midwife (we moved too far from the first ones) at 17 weeks, when I miscarried, and called the closest midwife.
I think I'm 7 or 8 weeks right now and am in no hurry to see anyone. We don't do unneeded U/S or doppler or do any internal exams. (We just do external exams and use a fetascope.) So, it's really of no use, except in the "get to know you" kind of way. I believe we have chosen our midwife. I'm in no hurry, as long as I get on with her by about 20 weeks. I do plan to call her, though, to get on her schedule and lined up, when I get back home in a few days.
Homebirth midwives vary in what they do. Most are VERY flexible, discussing all your options and letting you choose what type of care you want. Some have offices, some have home offices (most of them, I think) and some do all house calls.
Some use a coordinating doc for tests, but others can order their own U/S. I think most do their own bloodwork and just about all of them do their own urine tests, etc.
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