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I am planning a fsbc birth in late May, and I thought you hb mamas would best be able to answer this question.<br><br>
I have a very laid back ped, and told him this fall that I was planning an OOH birth for DS2. I asked when he felt he needed to see DH2 for the first time. Ped said he wanted us to come in the day after DS2 was born. I was really surprised, and not totally comfortable with the thought of bringing a one-day-old to a plain ol' doctor's office filled mostly with sick older kids. However, I recall for DS1 (a hospital birth), I did bring him in to a different ped's office for those weight checks they do the first few weeks for bf babies. All that kind of freaks me out now. I feel uncomfortable with the thought of bringing DS2 out and about immediately, not to mention, I don't think I'll want to get out of bed. Is this request from the ped typical? I know my mw can do many of the nb screening, like the PKU+genetic tests, and other things that I might or might not want like vitamin K. Ped wants to schedule a hearing test in the local hospital, too.<br><br>
Am I worried for no reason? Have you, or do you plan to bring your new baby out to the peds office so soon?<br><br>
(I haven't discussed this with my mw yet, to see exactly how much ped support she provides, but just wanted to get an idea of what was normal for OOH births).
 

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I wanna know how to get out of this also.
 

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i brought my ds two weeks afterward...but this time i was going to wait until 2 months... my mw also does pku test/etc and check-ups during the first week, at 3 wks and at 6 wks.
 

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Yeah, I think it's totally risky and unnecessary to bring a tiny newborn to a germ-ridden dr's office. I did for my dd1 after her birth center birth and totally regretted it, for a bunch of reasons, some of which had major repercussions for us (I can elaborate if you want to know).<br><br>
My dd2 (6 mos) has never been to a doc. My CPM did the newborn exam and the pku screening (as requ'd by law). And other than a little cold she's never been sick. Her growth is terrific, she sleeps and eats great, so I have really no reason in the world to take her to a doc.
 

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My babies don't see the family doctor until 2 months. My midwife os the baby's care provider until 6 weeks.
 

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Dh insisted that ds be taken to the ped. the day after he was born so after getting home at 1am I had to get back up and 8am and get a appt. to take ds in at 10am <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: if I had it to do over I wouldnt have done it. Nothing like a 1 hour car ride less than 24 hours after giving birth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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my DS2 was HB and we didn't bring him to a ped until he was 9 months. the midwife visited 3 days afterward and that was all we felt we needed. I only went at 9 months because we had delayed vaxing and I had questions about the oral polio vax still in use at the time.<br><br>
drs offices are for SICK people, not tiny newborns, imho... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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Personally I wouldn't take a healthy newborn into a germy ped. office until at least a month or so (assuming that all looked well and I didn't think there was any problem)<br><br>
We haven't used an MD for dd yet at all. Next time I'm considering using a local ped who comes well reviewed, who is discussing doing housecalls for newborn homebirth babies.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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our pedi (family doc) does house calls for newborns....and my mws came when baby was a few days old as well....<br><br>
the pedi told me there is no real reason to have the baby get check-ups as long as everything is OK according to mom and dad.....unless you vaccinate....<br><br>
and the hearing test IMO is ridiculous.....for a newborn??<br><br>
I agree with pps stay away from the doc unless medical emergency....<br>
stay in bed while you can!!
 

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My DS has never been to the ped. Our MW does PKU testing and he goes to the ciro. but he has never NEEDED a ped. So we have never taken him!
 

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I had my dd is a FSBC as well and brought her to the doc when she was about a week and a half old. Luckily she didnt' get sick but I wouldn't bring in a newborn that soon again. Our mw did the PKU screen and weighed her a few days pp, etc. The doc visit was pretty pointless. We waited forever and the doc just rambled on about vaccs (and he is pretty antivax but wanted to give me his detailed opinion on every frickin vax at her first visit despite the fact that I told him I'd researched the issue and didn't have any questions for him!). I'd wait a while if I was you. Good luck<br><br>
Shelley
 

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My mws suggested that we bring DS to the pedi within 48 hours of birth. We went the next morning to get baseline measurements and just to look him over. I didn't really want to get out of bed, but it was totally fine. They got us back into a room right away and we didn't spend any time with sick kids. Tell your mw and your pedi your concerns.
 

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Well, I'm VERY laid back. My baby was born at home on January 9th and hasn't been in...but then again, my 2 1/2 year old was born at home in August of 2004 and he still hasnt' seen a ped and for that matter, my almost 5 year old (June 2002) hasn't been to a ped. My 6 year old and almost 9 year were a bit different in that I did the conventional thing back then and they did all their wellbaby visits, etc. They haven't been in a couple years though and won't be unless absolutely necessary.<br><br>
My mw comes at 2-3 days and then at 2 weeks to check on mom and baby. She does all the blood work for baby then and checks all the reflexes and stuff. The ped would be a worthless trip for me, imo.<br><br>
Remember, it's your baby and you make the decision on when you take baby. Doctors are trained to perform and do things by the book. They aren't taught to use common sense (like germs that the baby would be exposed to). I'd probably tell the doctor that if he wants to see baby at 1 day old, he needs to plan to come to the house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I bet he changes his tune.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, I'm VERY laid back. My baby was born at home on January 9th and hasn't been in...but then again, my 2 1/2 year old was born at home in August of 2006 and he still hasnt' seen a ped and for that matter, my almost 5 year old (June 2004) hasn't been to a ped.</div>
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Um how could your 2.5 month old been born in August 06 or your 5 year old be born in June 04?
 

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Sorry....my 2 1/2 YEAR old was born August 21, 2004. My almost 5 year old was born June 28th, 2002. YOu should see me at the pharmacists when I'm trying to remember years and birthdays of the kids. lol<br><br>
My kids were born in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and my last was due January 9, 2007 and I was hoping he'd come a week early to keep with the 2 year tradition. He's thrown me for a loop on remembering and writing otu the years. LOL<br><br>
Fixed it.
 

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I do the same thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I had all three of mine at home. I never took any of them to a doctor at all. The first two saw the midwife when she came for post-partum care but the third was a UC so didn't ever see anyone. I just don't see the need for a doctor unless I have a problem I want them to help me fix.<br><br>
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I (unwisely..but unknowingly we were teen parents kind of...18/19yrs old) took DS#1 (now 9yrs) to the dr when he was 6 wks for a checkup and they gave him SHOTS against my will while DH was holding him and I was in the bathroom....(DH didn't know I'd opted against vax)..it was a horrible moment in my life. We did continue with his well-checks until he got older and I realized it was a complete waste of time.<br><br>
Needless to say we didn't take DS#2 (2yrs) until we realized we were having an issue with eczema. DD is now almost 6 wks and we don't plan on taking her either unless we have an issue. We do have a family dr...we just don't use her very often!! I don't see the need.
 

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We took DS in at 1 week of age. Our pediatrician schedules all newborn visits for first thing in the AM (at 8) and doesn't start "sick" visits until 9am
 
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