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Coming up soon? My midwife is on vacation from Oct 20-Nov 6 but she is coming for the home visit on November 11.<br><br>
I wonder when my appts go down to every 2 weeks. LOL So far they have only been once a month (which is fine with me cause it's an hour drive!) LOL<br><br>
For BTDT'rs, how was your last home visit? She said to allow about 2 hours for it. It's at 4 pm, should I make food or what? LOL
 

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Mine is on the 16th, at the beginning of week 36, when we begin the home birth season. Prior to that would likekly be a hospital delivery.<br><br>
My MW arrives with two other MW who help her at the birth that I haven't met yet.<br><br>
I imagine it could take two hours because I think they want to seet hat I have assembled all of my supplies and that they want to learn where everything is kept in my house.<br><br>
After that visit, I meet them weekly. She is an hour away, so it is a LOT of driving! A good reason not to go to 41 weeks! Those gas prices! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My HB MW is an hour away too! I've started seeing her every two weeks, though. I'm 33 weeks now. Anyway, we haven't scheduled our home visit, but it is supposed to be during week 36. Can't wait!!!<br><br>
BTW, since our MW are an hour away, when do you plan on getting them to come during your birthing time? DS took 19 hours, but I keep hearing over and over how second babes often come more like 4 hours. I really want my MW there when he comes!
 

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My midwife is an hour away, too! Our home visit is at 36 weeks, which I just realized actually falls on Thanksgiving week... yikes! I've been going every two weeks since 28 weeks... (I'm 32 now) which is ALOT of driving... I can't imagine what the once a week will be like!<br><br>
Since this is my first, I'm not too worried about her getting here in time (unless the weather is crazy), but essentially she wants me to call as soon as I think I'm in labor just to give her a heads up, then we'll keep checking in by phone until it's time for her to come...
 

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i've technically been going every two weeks, except for 2 different appointments, it's been 3 weeks, because of rescheduling! hehehehe...<br>
our home visit will be around 36 weeks, but that's thanksgiving, so i don't know how we're going to swing that (they're office hours are only tuesday, wednesday and thursday; i work tuesdays and sometimes wednesdays-- and a has school all day that day-- thursdays are usually our day, but that's turkey day!). we'll see. <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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Hmmm, I wonder what the 2 hour home visit is all about. When I had the official "home visit" in the past, it was just like a prenatal but in my living room. The first time, I showed the MW around our house. Both times she asked me if I had any idea where I'd like to birth. I never really know. It depends on what I feel like at the time. I usually think I'd like to be in water and then end up somewhere else (1st on the couch in the family room and 2nd on the guest bedroom bed). That was about it. I did have water and tea ready.
 

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Mine's the evening of 11/14. Like Claire said, it sounds like it'll be a regular prenatal visit and the main goal is that they all find the house so they don't get lost when I'm in labor. It also sounds like they'd want to meet anyone we'd plan on being there during the labor and delivery. I think they expect a bit of a tour: bathroom, laundry, any quirkiness of the house they need to know about, etc.<br><br>
I think they've nominally scheduled an hour for the visit, but if we were to have people there they haven't met before, they might spend additional time answering questions.<br><br>
I'm fortunate that I'm about 5 miles from their office and one of my midwives lives 2-3 miles from me. One of my huge fears is being alone during the birth, so it's very comforting to have them close.
 

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My home visit is on November 13th. I'll be 37.5 weeks at the time. She says she's not worried about the home visit because she's been to my house before and I guess getting there is the most important thing. Then I believe we have to show her where we're keeping everything and where we envision ourselves birthing. Right now that's in our bedroom because we'll have family or friends watching dd at the house that I don't want to be nekkid infront of right now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">:
 

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Okay, so I'll make sure the bathrooms, bedroom, and laundry room are all really clean! LOL<br><br>
Yeah, it will be the 36th week for me too when the home visit is. I hope the appointments only go to 2 weeks after that and not every week! The drive sucks!<br><br>
I wonder too about her making it in time. I didnt go into labor last time (induction) so I feel like a first timer in wondering what to expect. I tend to have the "not want to bother people" attitude so I have a feeling I will wait until last minute to be extra sure it's the real thing! LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
She did say too to have whoever is going to be at the birth at the home visit. I think she shows a video or something too? I thought she said that but my brain is falling out these days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Yeah, we generally struggle to get the whole house cleaned all at the same time, and often we pull the door closed to bedrooms when guests come over. At least our appt is on a Monday. I do laundry on Sundays, so there shouldn't be too many pairs of dirty underware on the floor.<br><br>
I'm not going to worry about it too much. I refuse to worry about it for the labor itself, so to some extent, I expect them to see the real house, not the fake spiffed up on we show to dinner guests.
 

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We just had our home visit on Tuesday. How funny all of these midwives 1 hour away. Glad I am not the only one, it is getting really old driving that far. I just gave her a tour and we discussed our tub situation. We have a really big tub with jets, but there really is no great way to position yourself for pushing, so I will probably use it for laboring and we went ahead and bought a fishy pool for the birth to set up in our bedroom. She did the regular visit checks and that was about all.
 

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Mine is sometime around the 7th or 8th or as soon as we can fit it in after that.<br><br>
We HAD it scheduled for the 8th BUT I am now moving this week to a townhouse that is 2 hours away but about 20 minutes from my MW and very close to DH's new job. The plan to birth at IL's -totally- fell through as of Thursday AM so we have been rushing around to find a new place. We can pick up the keys on Tuesday and movers can hopefully get the stuff out of our yet to be sold house and get it moved to the temp place quickly.<br><br>
I just got my list from my MW a few days ago along with a small kit that I need to buy from online. Going to try to scramble to get it all taken care of this week.
 

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All of my prenatal appts are my home, unless my MW's schedule conflicts with mine, and then I visit her home/office! I thought it was a common practice to have the prenatals at home each time?
 

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My prenatals are at the midwife's home. She has a separate room/office/bathroom set up there.
 

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My home visit is scheduled for Nov 8. It's the same midwife - and same home - as last time, so she said we could skip it if we wanted to, but she's been so wonderful to us I told her I really want to have her come - and I'm making a big lunch and stuff. She'll listen to the baby and feel my tummy, but that's probably it for "official business."<br><br>
I remember last time getting ready for the home visit and being so nervous - I guess I thought maybe we wouldn't be approved. I cleaned like a maniac (which I do anyway actually) and bought every variety of everything on the supplies list - just in case she had a preference. When she came, she could tell I was jumpy and asked me what was wrong - I told her I just really hoped we "passed" - she laughed and said she's really just looking for running water, electricity and some level of general cleanliness. But that's my way - I always make too much of everything.<br><br>
I'm 35 weeks now and have a regular appt tomorrow, then the home visit at 36 weeks, then regular visits to the birth center each week till ????<br><br>
Lucky for me, the birth center is about a 5 minute drive from my house, and my midwife lives about a mile from our house.
 
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