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Has anyone ever switched from midwife to OB kr vice versa half way through?

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May 22nd, 2014, 11:50 AM
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Im going to call my family doctor and discuss switching to the OB I had with my son. Im not feeling comfortable with the care I've been receiving from the midwives. I've seen 4 different midwives and yet again being switched to another who is fresh out of school and will be my primary. I don't have an issue with her being a new graduate but I do however have a problem with just meeting her half way through. They seem very unorganized and not very throrough to me. I've heard of others having great experience with midwives and that's what made me want to give it a try but it's not for me. I just hate that I have to switch now but glad I've made up my mind......end rant lol.

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May 22nd, 2014, 12:08 PM
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I get where you're coming from. Last time around I saw my OB all the way through my pregnancy and he delivered my baby. He's since retired. There is a huge OB office in town with 9 docs and several midwifes. Unfortunatly they are also the ONLY ones in town. Literally every preggo has to see them. They also rotate every doc and midwive during pregnancy so I get to meet them all. How considering right?? I hate it but I have no other choice. 4 out of the doc's have hospital rights so who know's who ends up delivering. Hopefully you get to pick a new one where you can feel more comfortable.

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May 22nd, 2014, 12:18 PM
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I haven't used a midwife but with this baby, I changed OB's at the beginning of this month. I was not comfortable with the OB I was seeing so I switched to the one I had with my oldest daughter and am MUCH happier!

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May 22nd, 2014, 01:03 PM
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My situation isn't quite the same since I'm seeing an OB. The OB I'm seeing right now I see until my 26 week appointment, then I'm being switched to a different OB because she is pregnant. I found out who she sent a referral to and I didn't like the reviews so yesterday I called and said I wanted to be switched to a different OB. She's going to send a referral to someone else.

I say go for it. If you aren't happy I wouldn't stay with them. From the sounds of it, I would be unhappy too.
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May 22nd, 2014, 01:08 PM
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I agree that if you aren't happy you should switch. I've been going to the same group of midwives since I was pregnant with my first! I am seeing a new midwife (new to me) this pregnancy since my 2 favs both left this summer to work closer to their homes. I love the one I am now seeing though as she has Saturday appointments (and she's a great m/w!).. all my appointments are booked through September for Saturday mornings-makes my life so much easier not having to drag all the kids along to baby checks (my husband works, but I leave our oldest here with them)!!
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May 22nd, 2014, 01:14 PM
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I switched around 28wks with #2 from an OB to another OB. With #3 I started off at the local birth center, and switched back to my OB halfway through. This time I am still with the same OB I have been with for 7yrs but she is moving in the next month and has sold her practice. So I may be having to switch late in pregnancy yet again, sigh.
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May 22nd, 2014, 02:48 PM
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Sorry you aren't happy YES!!! Switch!!! You are hiring THEM, they do not hire you as patients! If you are not happy, then time to find a new doc/OB/midwife
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May 23rd, 2014, 04:47 AM
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I switched when I was 12 weeks, so not quite the same. However, my cousin and her wife switched offices when they were 32 weeks because they were frustrated with the care they were receiving. They had a positive experience once they switched, so that's all the matters - who is there with you at the end!!

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May 23rd, 2014, 06:01 AM
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I agree if you're not comfortable then yes you SHOULD change. Hopefully, they will be able to get you a referral in time for your next appointment in 4 weeks.

It sounds like the Midwife office you're going to is going through a period of change which as a client isn't always the best thing. I feel bad that you're not having a great experience.

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May 23rd, 2014, 08:27 PM
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In this town, you get switched every visit. For military moms at the hospital its whoever is available that day. For civilian moms its whoever is on call that day at the civilian hospital is who you deliver with, but for the most part your care is with the same doctor. For me I went with a hospital an hour away, so I get the same specialist, and a rotating OB. Whoever the OB is on call at the hospital I deliver at is who I will deliver with, and my specialist will be there if I need her. Plenty of moms change between providers all the time, just keep good track of your personal history, and if your low risk you should be good to go.

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May 25th, 2014, 11:25 AM
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With my son I switched half way through at twenty weeks from one OB to another OB. I wasn't happy with the care of the entire medical group - only one doctor specifically whom I saw seldomly and feared would most likely not be on call when I delivered. I was right. The night I went into labor I saw the OB I despised the most on call in the hospital. I am so glad I switched to an OB I felt more comfortable with.

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May 26th, 2014, 10:48 AM
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It really depends on the office as to whether the midwives are quality or not. I am seeing a great one, which is lucky since we just moved and it was my first appointment I had booked. With my daughter, I switched from MW's to an OB simply because I was more high risk at the end of my pregnancy. Hope you get what you want, nothing sucks more than not being comfortable with the person responsible for helping deliver your child :/
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May 26th, 2014, 01:50 PM
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The whole point of going with a midwife is to get more personalized care and the ability to make that happen comes from building a relationship. That can't happen if you are never with a single one long enough to build that relationship. Normally the way it works is that you see your provider of choice up until 36 weeks and then they start rotating in the other OB's in that practice each week until you deliver. With a midwife you shouldn't be seeing anybody else but your midwife. Midwife means "with woman", and they should be with you not just shuffling you around. They should be booking so that this doesn't happen or to let you know upfront that you are going to shuffle around until the new midwife comes in. Then there is the question of are you talking about a CPM or a CNM? A CNM only needs to have attended 25 births. That means they just had to be in the room. But a CPM has to attend and participate in 75-100 births to get licensed. It's the difference in a midwife versus a "medwife".
Switch now I guarantee you will end up being happier with a consistent provider!

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May 26th, 2014, 02:26 PM
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Like I said, I switched from one OB to another just at the beginning of May. I was with a medical group that has a large group of OB's in it, most of which I do not like and I was afraid that I would get one that I REALLY don't like when going into labor. The one that I was seeing was okay but I wasn't impressed with her. I am now going to an OB that I worked with and have known for many years and he was my doctor for my first baby. He has his own practice so the chances of getting someone else other than him are pretty slim and the doctor that covers for him when he is off is a good doctor, too.

I dont' know what insurance you have or what country you are in but with my insurance, they would not allow me to change doctors if I was high risk or if I was in my 3rd trimester. So, I changed before I got my "high risk" diagnosis with a T21 baby.

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May 28th, 2014, 03:40 AM
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Jozzy i am curious. How did it go? Did you get an appointment scheduled to see an OB?

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