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July 17th, 2007, 01:41 PM
Join Date: May 2006
I always tell my clients that a good answer to this question is either one or two weeks. Your ped's answer indicates that she doesn't really understand what a midwife does. You see, in the hospital, every baby is seen during the first 24 hours and that's when the newborn exam is done, BY THE PED. A midwife does that examination (often sooner than the hospital does) and monitors baby's well being as well as mamas. I would not want my client separated from her baby at 24 hours, nor would I want her at the doctor's office unless something was wrong with baby.
I think the solution of saying "well, my midwife provides newborn care, so we'll be in a week after birth" is a good one. Another solution is to just be "too busy" to call and make that 24 hour appointment.
Charlotte, midwife mama to Samuel and Atley, mourning the loss of our "March Baby"
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