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Hello everyone, I typed a long ol' post about ten minutes ago... went "submit new thread" and it had disappeared... so here goes my second try <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><br><br>
I'm 31 and I'm having some first time mom paranoia.<br><br>
I'd like to go as natural and intervention free as possible, but I'd also like to make sure I get some tests along the way... specifically for diabetes (I have this on my mom's and dad's side of the family) and neural tube defects.<br><br>
The midwifery/birth center that I've chosen doesn't want to see me until my 15th week. Isn't that a little late to get things started?
 

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No, fifteen weeks is not that late for your first appointment. I remember with my first pg, I called the midwife as soon as I knew and was disappointed that they wouldn't schedule me for so long. I don't remember how far along I was at the first appointment...I think that she ended up seeing me early because I had to go to the hospital for fever and dehydration. But I'm pretty sure it was toward the end of my first trimester. I think they wait to schedule to get past the most common window for miscarraige.<br><br>
This time around, I'm all about postponing appointments as long as my dp will let me! Now that I look back, I just see how unnecessary all those check ups were for a healthy pregnancy.<br><br>
As far as the diabetes testing, is it possible for you to get some at home testing materials for your peace of mind? And as far as the neural tube defect thing goes; I dunno, just eat your folic acid! In fact, I'm going to go eat a vitamin right now, even tho I'm feeling sick to my stomach . . .<br><br>
ETA Welcome to MDC! And congrats on your pregnancy! When is your EDD?
 

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15 weeks is not too late. My first MW appointment was 12 weeks. My MW doesn't do GD testing, she says it's not very accurate. However, she checks sugar levels in my urine each time. If your MW doesn't do these tests and you really want them, you can always schedule an appointment with a nurse and have them done.
 

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The only procedure I had done earlier than 15 weeks was a Nuchal Translucency test (an ultrasound and blood test) where they look for markers of downs syndrome and 2 other conditions. They told me this has to be done between 11-13 weeks.<br><br>
If having that particular test is really important to you, you might ask for a referral for the test before your 15 week apptmt (my guess is that the MW wouldn't do it herself but would refer you to a center). However, there are other opportunities later in the pregnancy to do different tests or ultrasounds to try to see if your baby has those conditions. If that info would influence you to terminate the pregnancy, then you'd probably want to know earlier. If you aren't considering termination, then the time is probably not so important.<br><br>
I'm also a 1st time mom, and I just went along with all the tests because my OB suggested them, and was too busy to answer my questions. I have recently switched to a MW because I wanted a more nurturing provider. Honestly, I'm not sure just how many tests I'll get done the next time...just focusing on this 1st pregnancy for now! Its certainly every mom's personal decision whether seeking out that type of info will be helpful to her or not, and I'd encourage you to go with your own gut and speak up about any concerns you have.
 

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I started with an OB this time around to get the early tests done then switched to my mw about 12 weeks.
 

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not at all. i started out going to a hospital for my prenatals b/c there were no birthcenters by me and i was 3 months when i had my first appointment. just relax they wouldnt put you in danger. congratulations! btw hypnobabies worked awesome for me i got the at home kit (couldnt afford classes) i had my baby drug free and im only 21, every one thought i was nuts lol.
 

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Thanks for everyone's input. I'm about 7 weeks along... due in mid July.<br><br>
So maybe I should just go ahead and call my regular ObGyn and make an appointment for the tests I want?
 

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Hey I'm in the same sitch too. Sort of. I haven't called the MW yet... But I have some questions, which is why I thought about going to an OB first, but I'm creeped out by going to an OB. :/ I would also like to do some early tests too...<br><br>
(Glad I came in here...) I'll be 7 weeks on Monday <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The only procedure I had done earlier than 15 weeks was a Nuchal Translucency test (an ultrasound and blood test) where they look for markers of downs syndrome and 2 other conditions. They told me this has to be done between 11-13 weeks.<br><br>
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This is what I did. As I was interviewing midwives, I asked one if she'd refer me to the OB who does ultrasounds for all the midwives in town, and she did. I had that scan at 12 weeks but didn't see a midwife until 14 weeks.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">15 weeks is not too late. My first MW appointment was 12 weeks. My MW doesn't do GD testing, she says it's not very accurate. However, she checks sugar levels in my urine each time. If your MW doesn't do these tests and you really want them, you can always schedule an appointment with a nurse and have them done.</div>
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Ditto. And due to DPs work schedule, my first appt isn't until Wednesday. I'll be 13wks 6ds. And she's perfectly okay with that. She also does urine tests at each appt for sugar and does a finger prick for iron. Other than that, if you want more testing, she sends you to a doc group she knows. They're associated personally, but not professionally. She really sends people there for tests (if they request them or happen to need them for some reason) if they have insurance, otherwise she sends them out herself and just tacks on the cost to her already very low bill.<br><br>
FWIW, everyone - and I mean everyone. Doctors, family, random strangers - told me "oh that's what they all say" when I said I was going to have my child without drugs. Seriously, no one believed in me and most actually laughed at me. (They laughed in my face about the cloth diapers too) Well I birthed my daughter without and drugs. No needles, no pain meds, nothing. I believed in my body and I trusted my body and I had a happy healthy baby, born naturally and drug free. So don't listen to people who say you can't do it or "youll be begging for the drugs". It's really not as bad as hollywood makes it seem. I promise.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">No, fifteen weeks is not that late for your first appointment. I remember with my first pg, I called the midwife as soon as I knew and was disappointed that they wouldn't schedule me for so long ... But I'm pretty sure it was toward the end of my first trimester. I think they wait to schedule to get past the most common window for miscarraige.</div>
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My MW actually told me they wait that long because that's when they can be certain to hear a heartbeat. It makes sense, really. I started with an OB last time (before I found a MW .. not the best experience) and I ended up having a viability u/s at 11wks 3days because they couldn't find the heart beat. And since my midwife is homebirthing mw without a birthing center or anything like that, it makes sense to wait.<br><br>
I was disappointed, too, that I had to wait so long, but I understand why. I just really love going there and being there. She's in this old farm house and it always smells like a fresh burning fire. So fabulous. Plus she has the best vitamins around, specifically geared towards vegetarians and vegans. I love that she respects everyone's dietary choices and even stocks up on information and vitamins to accommodate everyone. I'm so excited for Wednesday!!
 

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Hi FloridaBorn, it sounds like you are pretty happy with the birthing center you have chosen, but I also want to point out that, depending on your ob/gyn, it is completely possible - and sometimes easy - to have a natural, intervention-free birth with an ob/gyn in a hospital. Some hospitals have integrated birthing centers, and some ob practices (maybe rarer down there than they are up here) are supportive of natural births and will support the mom in her choices.<br><br>
We went this route - ob practice - and had an amazing birth with the ease of being able to pick & choose what tests we wanted (I think all I did was glucose), and birth was completely free of meds, I birthed in a tub, etc. etc.<br><br>
Just to say - it may not be an either/or choice for you!<br><br>
Whatever works out, welcome, and best of luck to you!
 
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