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Question: I had my DD at our local hospital but am thinking about switching to a midwife. Only problem is I'm still trying to decide who I should go to. Should I stick with my current Dr and switch later or wait until I figure out who I want to go to and switch now?
I'm wanting to make my first appointment but not sure which route to go, advice?
I would switch now. Around here, they send you to a nurse visit around 7 weeks. Then you see the provider another week or so after that. That would still give you a little time. I absolutely hated my doctor that delivered my 2nd daughter, but I ended up pregnant with my 3rd so shortly after that, and I didn't feel like I had time to change. So, he delivered her, too, and the experiences were not good. He had TERRIBLE bedside manner. Anyhow, I would just say make the switch at the beginning because it seems to be harder and harder to do as your pregnancy progresses.
I use a practice that has both midwives and doctors so that if there should ever be a need for medical intervention, I'm already set up.
Mommy to Jasmine (17), Kirsten (13), Ana (12), Katie (3), Xavier (1), and...
you can switch whenever, my sister switched from dr. to midwife at 34 weeks. However I would definitely choose the midwife. Most midwifes will meet you and do an interview without a commitment if you want to see if the ones are interested in will do that.
You can make the change later if you want, but it would probably be easier to switch now. A lot of midwives will set up a meeting with you so you can ask questions and see if it is a good fit. I switched to a midwife last time when I was 36 weeks pregnant and that worked out. In hindsight I wished that I had started with a midwife.