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Hi, I have been lurking for a few weeks and what I've read has solidified my plans to home birth with baby #3, my thanks to all those moms who share their experiences and wisdom. My midwife said that some pediatricians in our area refuse to see baby's who were born at home. She is suggesting that a 10 day check up with a family practitioner might be the way to go, and that her check up is more thorough than the one the baby would recieve in the hospital. Just curious about what others are planning/experiencing...any thoughts for me?
 

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My midwives do well-baby checkups until 6 weeks, after that we're probably going to find a DO or an ND. It seems weird to me that an MD would refuse to see a baby born at home, that's definitely not an issue in our region.
 

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Ask your ped. Even though I live in an alegal state, my ped was fine with it. Heck, just call, make an appt, and go see them for a well baby check. We did a check around a week to check to be sure babe was gaining weight. We went back later, when I fgelt like going.
 

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Our midwives also monitor the baby through to 6 weeks after birth, but we'll also be taking the wee one to our DO before 2 weeks, so that he can do any necessary cranial sacral adjustments at that point. He'll also be the baby's doctor, as he is for our whole family. He's vax-flexible and trained in both eastern and western medicine, so we've got it VERY good!
 

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why would the doc need to know that the baby was born at home? i agree with PP that i am surprised it would be an issue, but if you call to make an appt for a new patient/well baby checkup i can't see how it would matter. tell them you just moved to the area.<br><br>
btw, my hb mw also does baby followup through six weeks; i don't think we're even going to bother with wbv after that. they seem kind of pointless and a big hassle, esp with two other kids to run after while we wait (forever) for the appt, and who knows what they can contract in there! can't tell you how many docs/nurses i've seen either not wash their hands at all, or not wash them long enough to matter, when they've come into a room to see my kids. UGH!!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I tried to post this a couple hours ago but the "server was too busy"<br><br>
Anyway...My MW does well babys too. However she really wants to get the baby to the Ped soon, because apparantly it makes it easier to obtain a birth certificate (which is important to us because of #1 adding baby to DH's health plan and #2 geting a social security card-so we can claim her as a dependant on our taxes). She says that most peds like to see the baby within the first 24hrs of life.<br><br>
As far as my Ped goes...tomorrow we're seing her for both ODD's yearly physicals and I'll be 'surprising' her with the news of a new baby and planning HB at the same time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> Hee hee hee. I'm not expecting a huge deal to be made of it because according to my MW the practice we use is HB friendly (one of thier former receptionists had a HB!) and I really respect my Ped. So I'll update tomorrow with how it went and what she says.<br><br>
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My midwife recommended going in to see the doctor at 2 weeks. She came 3 days after the birth. She was able to attend to the newborn procedures we wanted. She did the PKU test (which is nicer for the baby when done at home imo), the hearing test (this piece we didn't do until the 6 week post partum visit), advised us how to administer oral vitamin K, etc.<br><br>
If you are not giving immunizations the purpose of seeeing the doctor is pretty much just to make sure the baby is gaining weight and to give you an opportunity to ask questions. I know some people who don't bother going to the doctor at all.<br><br>
We did go see our family practice doc a few days after the birth, mostly just because I like him loads and wanted to show off the new babe! We had a nice chat about how the birth went and he oohed and awwed over the baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I would ask around among other homebirthers for recommendations of physicians with whom they have had positive experiences. Good Luck!
 

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I don't know if this was part of your question, but I always recommend family physicians over pediatricians, assuming you can find a good one. Pediatrics is a specialty, like obstetrics, and should be treated as such - there for high risk or high needs cases, not to manage typical well patient care.<br><br>
And if you're not vaccinating, doctor visits are basically optional. If you have a good doctor, and getting to the appointments isn't stressful, they can be fun, but they're not necessary.
 

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As this is my first home birth and we're moving to a new town which means new doctors and a midwife I don't know well...I was a little worried. I guess having the new baby seen in the first 24 hours is one of those things that I had just accepted without really thinking about it, and does seem unnecessary as long as there is no sign of trouble. I'm meeting with my midwife on friday to talk for the first time in detail about everything, and my due date is aug. 25! thanks for the feedback!
 

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I haven't told my ped that I'm planning an out-of-hospital birth. I'll probably just schedule a first visit a couple weeks or so after the birth. My DS is already a patient there, so it's not a big deal. I don't see why the ped needs to see the baby in 24 hours. The midwife should be able to make sure everything's ok with the baby.<br><br>
In my case, I don't think my ped has hospital privileges at the hospital closest to me (which I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole unless I didn't have time to drive to the hospital 45 minutes away that has a level 3 NICU). So they'd probably just assume that my baby had the in-hospital ped check by whatever ped was on call there.<br><br>
Although I think my ped would be open minded about the place of birth anyway. She didn't have a problem with me using herbs instead of an iron supplement when my preemie son was found to be anemic at 9 months. She said as long as they were working (which they were), she didn't care what I used. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So I imagine she'd be similar about the homebirth thing. Baby looks healthy, so no sense in arguing over it, right?
 
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