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<p>We are planning our upcoming birth and are going unassisted. <img alt="uc.jpg" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1336084466710_581" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/uc.jpg"> We just moved to NC about 2 weeks ago and I would love some help, stories, etc about those who have birthed here unassisted. I searched before our move (internet took some time to get up and running) and found a list on here, but can't seem to find it anywhere.</p>
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<p>I am 35 weeks <img alt="belly.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1336084466710_439" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/belly.gif">and wondering if I need a blood test for the BC and the easiest place to obtain one with the least amount of questions asked. :) Health department? Or clinic? There is a tri county pregnancy clinic in our small town (we are 1 hour north of Asheville in the mountains), would that be a good place? Or would they pry too much? lol <img alt="innocent.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1336084466710_302" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/innocent.gif"></p>
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<p>What else is necessary? Must we get a pedi apt 24 hours after our birth? We do not vaccinate and we homeschool our other 6 children and so far have never had any issues. I will use religious exemption since my own personal religion and beliefs go against that. Any issues with that anyone has come across?</p>
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<p>Any help from those who have birthed w/in the last few years would be greatly appreciated! What did you say when they asked questions? etc? Thank you all so much, we love living here and think NC is amazing! <img alt="treehugger.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1336084466710_163" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/treehugger.gif"></p>
 

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<p>I don't think any of your questions matter specifically by state. Should be the same almost anywhere, but I could be wrong.</p>
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<p>For blood tests - where I live, they pry like crazy when you ask for blood tests. After 2 UCs, I have found that the easiest thing to do is to lie which I understand most people are not comfortable with. When it comes to the safety of my baby, I have absolutely no qualms about lying. I go to our local clinic and simply tell them that I am getting prenatal care with a midwife (which actually was true for me), but that she is not licensed in my state and cannot request blood work for me. They have always been happy to run blood work for me. If they asked who my midwife was, which was rare, I would politely reiterate that she was not licensed and that I did not want her getting into any kind of legal trouble and so would not divulge her name on any medical records. Personally, I would avoid the Health Department and the Pregnancy clinic as both would have too much invested in your specific case - the Health Department for legal reasons and the pregnancy clinic because it would be staffed by OBs who would most likely not be okay with your decision to home birth in the first place and may not be cooperative. The staff at our local clinic just nod and run the tests for me after I have been seen by one of their doctors.</p>
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<p>It's up to you when you see a pediatrician. You don't have to see one at all, but I make sure to for several reasons:</p>
<p>1. if, for any reason, CPS is called, you have proof that you were being responsible (whether or not going to the pediatrician actually IS responsible has nothing to do with it, it's how CPS sees it that's important to your case)</p>
<p>2. Babies DO frequently have problems and the worst need to be assessed as soon as possible. Again, up to you.</p>
<p>3. some pediatricians will not take on new patients after a certain time period (ours was 2 weeks)</p>
<p>4. When getting the birth certificate, you must, by law, apply within a certain amount of time or you will have to jump through hoops to get it. Where I live, the time period is 2 weeks after the birth. They require a note from the pediatrician to get the BC, so it makes life a lot easier in our state to just take baby to the ped. Find a pediatrician BEFORE the birth that is okay with your decision not to vax., circ, home birth, etc. Then you won't have to fight the system afterward. Call the Health Department's Vital Statistics office and ask them exactly what you will need to bring in to apply for the BC if you are having a home birth.</p>
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<p>FWIW, I took both babies at 2 weeks, but made sure I knew how to do the newborn exam myself and knew how to recognize emergency symptoms (noisy breathing, cyanosis, etc.)</p>
 
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