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June 12th, 2013, 05:03 AM
lily26's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Are you going to have a family GP or an OB for the birth, or duration of the pregnancy??

I'm asking cuz I have my first prenatal appointment later today! a little nervous admittedly. I was really looking forward to seeing this OB practice since they are actually in the hospital I want to have birth at. I'm still going to see them today,

But, I was chatting with my grandma today who by random coincedence threw out my family doctors name. He was there for the birth of me, and was our family doctor until I was about 13 or so. So he knows our family history, or did. I'm 28 now, and have no idea if his office still has any of my information on file, since they've moved offices, and gone threw a major staff change (apparently from the online reviews his new staff is cold, but he is the same great doctor). I'm contemplating giving him a call, but at the same time wonder if an ob is a better route to take with birth?

Mommy to my little Butterfly Vanyah, born at 34 weeks and 2 days.
2lbs and 14oz on November 19th, 2013 at 2:31am.
Have never been so in love before.

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June 12th, 2013, 05:25 AM
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I'm an OB girl all the way. My family doc is in his 60's and hasn't delivered babies for probably 20 yrs so that was just not an option. I don't think it is very common where I live for a family doc to do babies either. In the end, I'd go with who your most comfortable with. You want to be able to ask any question you want and get the answers you need.
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June 12th, 2013, 05:27 AM
kara74's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I don't have a PCP so I go to my OB/GYN for prenatal care.

You should probably contact the office and ask if they provide prenatal care. Not all PCPs do prenatal care. He may have years ago but maybe not anymore.

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June 12th, 2013, 05:49 AM
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I love my midwife! I do have a family practitioner I love with all I am, BUT Sadly, they stopped doing deliveries before I came into the practice. Had I known him first, who knows? He delivered some of my BFF's babies, and her births with him were WONDERFUL. Very like-minded with who I am.

Still, I am SO THANKFUL for my midwife though!
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June 12th, 2013, 08:40 AM
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Here...alot of the family docs that did births are older and no longer do them because the insurance on it is sky high.

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June 12th, 2013, 10:30 AM
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I say go with the specialization (midwife, OB...) just because so many things could go wrong or they know exactly what to look for, especially with the advancement and research that's happened over the years

I go to my OB the entire time, and for the 6 week post-partum check up, and then it's off to the PCP for anything else
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June 12th, 2013, 11:39 AM
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OB for me for birth of these babies. Family doc for everything else.
Me (43) DH(33) 12 years together - ttc our first together-I have 14yr old DS
Cycles 1-6 = BFN
Cycle 7 SA results abnormal morphology 2%, 50 mg clomid = BFN
Cycle 8 sonogram normal 50 mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 9 SA results abnormal morphology and motility. Count 200 mill, 100mg clomid + trigger = BFN
Cycle 10 natural = BFN
Cycle 11 hsg tubes clear, natural + trigger+IUI = BFN
Cycle 12 repronex + trigger + 2 IUI = BFN
Cycle 13 natural ovaries to stimulated for more meds = BFN
Cycle 14-22 natural cycle with Acupuncture and planning ivf/icsi/DE = ALL BFN
Cycle 23 Clomid 50 mg & Progesterone = BFN
Cycle 24 Natural = BFN
Cycle 25 BCP, SA result 7% morphology = BFN
Cycle 26 BCP and Lupron preparing for IVF
Cycle 27 IVF Acupuncture, DE Retrieval April 7, Transfer April 12 =
7 eggs retrieved, 3 fertilized, 2 transferred - zero snow babies
BETA # 1 16DPO or 11dp5dt = 569
BETA # 2 19 DPO or 14dp5dt = 1078
BETA # 3 22DPO or 17dp5dt = 2414 TWINS!
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June 12th, 2013, 04:15 PM
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June 12th, 2013, 05:45 PM
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Definitely an ob. Most gp do not deliver babies anymore due to malpractice insurance rates. A lot of gyn's are not delivering either
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June 12th, 2013, 06:15 PM
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I use an OB. I didn't realize GPs ever delivered babies because they don't do that here.

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June 12th, 2013, 07:37 PM
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I see an OB. I don't have a PCP.

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June 13th, 2013, 05:10 AM
lily26's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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thanks ladies, ya here there still seems to some gp's that deliever, the one I was using didnt have anything to do with pregnancy so they reffered me out to the ob...which seemed to be weird for alot of people.

Anyways, I like the ob practice, so i'll stay. they have 13 doctors, and they reccomended seeing at least a couple, in case your ob isn't in the day you go into labour.
I am going to try to book with my old GP for non pregnancy issues, because I'm dealing with an ongoing anxiety issue thats becoming unbearable... i figure maybe he can help since alot of stems from issues he saw me about. My OB just said to go see someone about the anxiety.. i just dont want to be placed on drugs that prevent me from breastfeeding,

Mommy to my little Butterfly Vanyah, born at 34 weeks and 2 days.
2lbs and 14oz on November 19th, 2013 at 2:31am.
Have never been so in love before.
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June 13th, 2013, 05:35 AM
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I get whoever is at the hospital when I get there- you don't get to pick. It will be an OB and a midwife though. I just won't have met them before.
He's here!
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7 lbs 6 oz, 21 inches
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June 13th, 2013, 01:30 PM
Leogirl's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I've never had a GP that delivered babies. They all just refer you to OB/GYN for pregnancy/birth control/ female issues. I'm currently with an OB but I think I may switch to a midwife to increase my chances of VBAC.
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June 13th, 2013, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by swade66 View Post
I see an OB. I don't have a PCP.
I'm also like that I'm having someone do my prenatal and delivery who specializes in it.
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