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#1 of 18 Old 01-29-2010, 11:53 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Are you going to see an ob as well, for pregnancy confirmations or anything else?
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Are you going to see an ob as well, for pregnancy confirmations or anything else?
I saw my OB for pregnancy confirmation (2 beta draws and a pelvic + cultures... the latter two of which I was NOT agreeable to, but they said I had to if I wanted them to run the betas... grrrr).

I have scheduled the first "official" prenatal appointment with them for 8w4d, but I will also be seeing the midwife I hope to use for prenatal care & birth @ 6w1d. This midwife is in private practice with an OB, so I guess it's possible I may see both of them during my pregnancy? I'm not really sure...

Anyway, as far as seeing both the midwife and my current OB throughout, I dunno how I feel about tandem care; plus, I'm thinking that I'm looking very forward to "breaking up" with my current OB. Lol.

Thanks for posing this question! I'm interested in others' responses as well.

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I saw an OB once. I was hoping to get a referral so that Tricare would pay for my midwife. But it didn't work out, so I didn't go back.

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My plan is just to see a mw but my annual is due so I though while I was there is might be kinda cool to convince them to give me an early u/s. I have been so sick for two weeks and I want to see that everything is ok with the miniscule one.
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I never saw an OB during DS's pg and don't plan to see one this time. My midwife ordered my blood tests, so an OB wasn't necessary to confirm pg and I never confirmed pg with DS - the BFPs were enough for me. I really have no reason to pursue dual care with this pregnancy.

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I only ever see a mw. I went to a Dr. and had a hospital birth turned horrible c-section with my first. I've never been back. My first mw was a lay or direct entry mw. My current mw is a CPM and lives in another state. I saw her only a few times during my last pregnancy. She drives 5 hours to me, so we don't see each other too often. I go to her for prenatals. I won't see an OB for anything, unless she suspects any kind of complication and would reccomend it.

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In Canada, we can use our family doctor, an OB or a midwife. If you have a midwife and there are complications (depending on what they are) you are transferred to an OB although sometimes the midwife stays on as well.

I used an OB for my first pregnancy and she was awful. There are about 6 midwifery practices in my city and I have appointments with 2 and am on the waiting list for 2. I will see which one I like best and if neither, will hope for a call up on the waiting list!

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We only saw a midwife for our first and plan to do the same with this one.
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not in your ddc; saw under new posts. I just saw midwives for my three pregnancies/births. You don't need to see an OB unless something goes haywire, and then the midwife can refer you. Seeing an OB will only lead to grief as they try to guilt and scare you into seeing them and delivering in the hospital. No good can come of it.
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i never saw an ob while using midwives. they pretty much offer everything an ob does, except for diagnostic u/s.

as kirsten kind of touched upon, ob's are specialists who are great to use if you're high risk.

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Just plan to see a midwife here as well

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not in your ddc; saw under new posts. I just saw midwives for my three pregnancies/births. You don't need to see an OB unless something goes haywire, and then the midwife can refer you. Seeing an OB will only lead to grief as they try to guilt and scare you into seeing them and delivering in the hospital. No good can come of it.
That made me LOL. I agree that no good can come of it
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I saw a Dr. 3x to "establish a relationship" in case I needed to be transferred. DEM are not legally allowed to attend home births in IN, so she wouldn't have been able to be my support person in the hospital. I wanted to at least be familiar with the Dr. JIC.

I plan on seeing a MW again this time around. If they prefer I meet with there back-up Dr. a few times, I will.

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I saw my family practitioner (who I used as my doctor when pregnant with DD and is DD's ped) to get all the blood work done. The one midwife here books up super fast s I wanted my doctor's office to know i was pregnant in case I wouldn't get in with the midwife. Our fp will be the new baby's ped too if they have room.

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I see my reproductive endocrinologist until the end of the first trimester, then I'll "graduate" to a midwife. I'm planning to line one up before then, though!

Wow! I can't believe I'm finally here.

I'm hoping for a home water birth.

ETA: I'll be meeting some midwives who do homebirth, but I'm also going to book at least one appointment with the hospital midwives nearby, and the OB nearby so I can tour the hospital and make sure that everything will be Ok, just in case of transfer. I don't want to be worried about running into someone with a bad 'tude if I end up transferring prenatally, in labour, or post-partum.

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I'm planning on only seeing the midwife. I still have to hear back from the clinic to see if they can take me on. Then I imagine my first appointment will be around 8 weeks.
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I will only being seeing a mw unless I have complications that require a specialist. I haven't chosen a mw yet but will probably start calling for appointments in a couple of weeks.

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I'm seeing a mw at a mw/ob practice (though I don't plan on seeing the ob at all). I won't have the pg confirmed besides the HPTs; I'll just wait until I'm 10 weeks to schedule my first appt and have them use the doppler to find a hb. This is what I did w/ DD2...unless I have any odd signs of complication that show up in the meantime (bleeding, excessive cramping or one-sided pain, etc), I'm just going to let things run their course.
I'm nearly 5w right now and already starting to feel some vague m/s symptoms (ugh!) - reaction to smells, upset tummy, etc. I'm praying it doesn't get worse than that, don't quite know how I'll handle bf'ing a (very hungry!) 8 month old, chasing a 3yo and being sick to my stomach for a month.

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