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hi all!

for those with a kiddo already... when should i start talking to midwives? i'm 5w2d today, is it too early, or should i start now? what do you think? currently i am under the watchful eye of my re (fertility specialist), so i am receiving care, but was just wondering when it is appropriate to start seeking out the person who will actually deliver this little blob of love


thanks in advance!!
 

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I think you can start interviewing at any point in time. I've been making calls this morning to set up interviews with potential homebirth midwives. I hope to have made my decision, and be able to schedule my first prenatal appt. by my second trimester. I'm just over 8 weeks pregnant.
 

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Anytime you feel comfortable and ready. The longer you wait, the harder it may be to find someone and the less time you'll have with them to get to know each other. Even though I know my midwives well, I still go in at about 8 weeks, because I love the company and getting to see them for appts.
 

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It doesn't hurt to start making appts now -- they often have a several week wait for new clients, so by the time you're ready for your first prenatal, your appt will roll around.
 

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I agree that you can start right away.

I would also advise that you talk with several providers.

I talked with 9 over the phone - which can be helpful because sometimes you can eliminate people right off the bat without having to meet with them in person.
I narrowed the 9 down to 4 that I met in person and created a questionairre that I took with me to each appointment. I wrote their answers down and took notes. Of the first three I met with I really liked two of them until I met the 4th and because I was able to compare her to the others - not just her answers but how I felt in her presence I knew she was the one!

My point is that had I not met with the other three I wouldn't know how perfect the fourth one was for me


Good luck finding the right provider for you.

Keri
 

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If you want a hb start now. Most mws only take a certain number of clients every mos so if you wait too long then they will be all filled up.

If you are going for a hospital birth you can do it at just about any time. If you are wanting certain tests done you need to be seen early to establish care so those tests can be done in the correct time frame. The first trimester they really don't do much though.
 

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Well if you live where I live you pretty much have to call before you conceive! All midwives work at one of two birthing centres in the city. With my last pg I called when I was 6wks pg and it was already too late! I got on a waiting list but never heard back.
 

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Well now I'm feeling bad for waiting so long.


I had wanted/planned on starting to look for someone right away, but then exhaustion and previous commitments got in the way, and now I'm not even going to THINK about it for almost another two weeks, when I'll be at about 10w. Missing out on my first choice due to her already being booked up is a concern, but one I'm just gonna have to live with for now.
 

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Seattle has a LOT of midwives - we are interviewing three this week (I'm at 8 wks). I wanted to make a decision in the next couple of weeks so that I can have my first apt at 12-14 wks and hear that precious heartbeat.
 
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