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So....I am a little embarrassed to admit this because I don't know if this is bad or not, but I still have no health care provider. When I got my ultrasound, it was at a hospital by some random person.<br><br>
Anyone else in the same boat? I planned to schedule interviews and decide by the end of June, but I don't even know if that's bad...because let's see, by June 29th I will be 17 weeks along. Do I need to pick up the pace and decide sooner??
 

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Personally, I would pick a random OB and go with that while interviewing. That way, if you have any issues, you don't have to go to the hospital and get the on call person. At least you would have someone who knows you a little bit and can answer questions.<br><br>
The first few months are pretty basic except for the prenatal testing which they will offer (and I am not sure on the dates of those because it has apparently changed since I was pregnant last). so, if you want those tests, you will need them done before 17 weeks.<br><br>
I wanted a provider pretty quickly. But that is me. I am going for a homebirth and those midwives fill up quickly here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I would recommend getting a provider on board pretty quickly, but if it doesn't fit, you can change your mind. Personally I would suggest picking a midwife and seeing if that fits your comfort level.<br><br>
With baby #2 we were seeing a certified nurse midwife practice. At 26 weeks or so I said something to her about being curious about having a home birth. She said 'wait here' and brought into the exam room a home birth midwife that they coordinated practices with - that was that - I had just switched from a birth center to home birth and it was great!<br><br>
My first birth was with a CNM in a hospital (I risked out of the birth center) and I tell you, I was monitored more and had more care at home!<br><br>
Anyway - good luck with your practitioner journey!
 

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I work for an OBGYN office that also has midwives, and we ask that our patients decide which they would like to deliver with by their 20th week.<br><br>
That said, it may not be a bad idea to start getting care *somewhere* (even if you dont stay there) sooner rather than later. Just in case you have something come up and need a provider for an issue. And also, possibly to do another ultrasound to date the pregnancy, seeing as doctors that dont routinely do pregnancy ultrasounds can often have a fairly decent margin of error.
 

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I would def. start looking and calling around to see if they are accepting patients and if you can meet with them. It may take time to find one you like. Plus, some MW fill up quickly- the earlier the better.<br><br>
I didn't find a provider until after 20 weeks. I had an OB I liked, he was older and very hands off. I was looking for a MW, but they can not legally attend births here so finding one took time. Well, the OB was retiring and not taking any more patients, his partner was a total jerk and there was no way I was seeing him. I call a few other OB's just to test the waters, but they couldn't see me for a few months. I was finally able to get the numbers a few MW and made appts with them. By the time I decided on one and prenatal care was started I was past 20 weeks.<br><br>
ETA: I just saw you are in IN. Are you going for a HB or hospital birth? I know that there is a CHOICES group in NW IN that can recommend MW's.
 

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I would want to pick up the pace a bit. I wouldn't be worried yet, but I would want to get established soon!<br>
Plus...not to rain on anything, but you *could* find out once you actually get established and have 1-2 appt. w/someone, they might not be as 'wonderful' as you thought. You don't then want to be at the point where providers don't want to take you on as a new patient, and you want to still be a point where you have time to get a relationship established with the new person.<br><br>
I know people can sound great in interviews---I found a ped. for DS that way and ended up switching when we ended up totally disagreeing over vaccinations.
 

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I just picked a midwife this week. There aren't alot of choices for homebirths around, it was just an issue of finding a time when both Dh and I could get in for a consult.<br><br>
The bad thing with waitinf so long is that if there are any problems that come up, you don't have someone to help you through. You kind of have to rely on strangers.
 

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Don't you have a gyn? Usually obs work with/are gynos. I'd just go see them until you find who you want to deliver ya.
 

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I don't think it's a big deal, but (especially if you are planning a homebirth) I would for sure call and ask the midwives if they are nearing their limit for your due month. You might try attending a LLL or API meeting and see if anyone has any recommendations. I think most providers like to get you on board before 16 weeks, especially since there are a few tests that are time sensitive, if you decide to do them.
 

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I went ahead to see an OB while I'm trying to decide, just so I can have the regular tests, etc. I don't really plan on staying with them, tho. I'm doing the research as we speak, but it is nice to at least be an established patient somewhere (that I know is close and covered by insurance) in case I need care.
 

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thanks guys- it didn't even occur to me that they might all already be "booked to capacity" for December...or that who thing where they seem great at first and then a month or two in they do a 180 personality-wise. EEK!!<br><br>
Looks like I know what I am doing tomorrow! I will start making calls- I'm not sure how many places will allow me to leave messages, but at least I can find out their office hours and continue calling/making appointments on Monday.
 

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The midwives I know around here will take clients all the way up to 30 weeks or so.
 

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I had this problem the last time around. I was recommended to one practice. So, I went for a while, then the OB yelled at my mother for being on her phone when she got into the room and said her time was important... that was it for her. So, at 20 weeks or so, I was on the hunt... took me several weeks but I found one OB in a huge practice that I liked.<br><br>
I have an appt with the same group, but Im sure I will be switching. Im definitely leaning towards a private midwife group. I want someone to care about my birth plan and help to protect me and my baby from unwanted stuff!
 

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So I had an appointment today with a midwife and I really liked her. I kind of don't feel like talking to anyone else, but I've had people say that you should do several interviews. Thoughts?<br><br>
The only drawback is she doesn't do homebirths, which I was strongly considering...but there is only one other midwife that is "in network" for my insurance in my area, and she also doesn't do homebirths, so unless I want to have twice the deductible and half the medical coverage, home borth is out for me- which is sad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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