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#1 of 8 Old 02-27-2009, 06:50 PM - Thread Starter
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I am about 10 weeks and have chosen a HB midwife for my first homebirth (3rd child) I have a Ped. already for my 2 kids- but I'm almost positive she would not be homebirth-friendly. Should I switch to another Ped? I am not opposed to doing this- I don't LOVE mine, she is just who I went to as a teenager. She is okay.

I just don't know how it works with a HB- do you still take them in to the Ped. at 4 days old? (this is what I did with both kids so far)

I am in Layton- would love recommendations on someone up this way that is HB-friendly.

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#2 of 8 Old 02-27-2009, 09:22 PM
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I didn't have a home birth with my last but we didn't go to the hospital either. We went to a birthing center with a midwife (The birth and family place in SLC), but I had to schedule the newborn checks myself. I just let my pediatrician know that one was on the way and when he was born I scheduled the follow-up check-ups. My midwife did the first check at 3 days, then the two week check-up was with my usual pediatrician. It was really no big deal so I don't think you have anything to worry about.

As for your pediatrician's opinion of home birth, she doesn't have to approve and it really isn't her business anyway how you decide to birth your baby. It would probably be nice to have a ped. who is on the same page with you or at least non-judgemental. Does your midwife have a list of doctors that some of her other clients have used? That might be a good place to start.
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Yeah, we just scheduled the reg. 2 week checkup with the Ped. You could have one sooner if you wanted to though.

I think it's up to you if you switch Peds. If you aren't happy with the one you have, it might not be such a bad idea to find one you like more.

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We had a birth center birth. My ped said really supportive things about it - and I consider her pretty mainstream. She did want to see DD at two days, I know a lot of hb moms who would say no way to this. I was happy to take her in at two days, I was curious about her weight and she did have some jaundice. We passed on the standard hepB normally given right after birth, and our ped was supportive of our decision.

We're in Salt Lake so sorry no recs for you, but I would mention your birth plans to your ped and see how she reacts. Even if she doesn't like the idea she might keep it to herself, and then you don't have to go through the headache of switching.

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I was pleasantly surprised at how our ped reacted to our homebirthed baby, and it was our first visit with her. She said "Oh, we have a handful of homebirthing moms in this practice." Better yet, when I told her we weren't vaxxing, she said "ok. Just make sure you're educated." She's been fantastic with ds and all his special needs- too bad Park City isn't anywhere close to you!

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We don't do well baby visits and I've never taken my new babies born at home into the ped. I have a few friends who see Dr Hoagland (sp?) at Tanner clinic in Kaysville and they homebirth and apparently he's been fine with it.
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I had a homebirth. I ended up taking him in at 2 days old becuase he got weird spots all over him, which turned out to be completely normal. But my ped asked where he was born, and he seemed more intrigued by it than anything, asking, "on purpose?" But he never gave me any hassle about it.
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My midwife did home visits at 1 and 4 days and an appointment at 2 weeks and will do another at 6 weeks. These are all for both me and the baby. We're not planning any vaccines until 2 months, but we're picky about brands and want to get that squared away ahead of time. We'd also like to give our pediatrician a chance to meet our baby, so we're planning to go in at 1 month.

It just depends on what your midwife covers and what you want for your baby. As to switching pediatricians, that's really totally up to you. I decided that for some things, I needed to have my pediatrician behind me 100%, and for other things, I have a slightly different philosophy than she does, but I still think that she can provide the care that I need and that my child needs despite our differences in philosophy.
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