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February 6th, 2010, 12:20 PM
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Hi Ladies,

First off, I have so much respect for all of you that chose to have natural births. However, I don't think I am up for it. At least not this time, as it will be my first. (Assuming I don't miscarry.)

Anyhow, I am curious to learn more about pre-birth care from a midwife. I am about 7 weeks pregnant and I will not have insurance for at least another 6 weeks. I would like to have some kind of check-up, but I can not afford to pay out of pocket for an obgyn. Besides, I am not convinced that all the tests and things an obgyn would do are necessary. Thoughts??

Also, do you all know what a midwife would do as a sort of 'checkup'? And about how much would they charge?

Thanks!
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February 6th, 2010, 12:32 PM
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Midwives typically do the same things at a checkup that and OB will do (except for u/s - many don't do them). Around here it'll probably run around $60 for an appointment.
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February 6th, 2010, 07:37 PM
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midwives do a lot of the same things as an OBGYN - like kellie said. My midwife actually does a dating u/s because our hospital won't allow her to let her patients go past 43w and since she works in a hospital they require it. My friend sees the same midwives I do and she is waiting for her insurance to kick in and her monthly pre-natal appt runs $87.00 and the u/s was $110.00. She is not doing the 20w scan because it's not required, the hospital only requires a dating u/s.
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February 7th, 2010, 08:14 AM
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Do you mean a nurse midwife in an office, or a homebirth midwife? I guess I am confused.
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February 7th, 2010, 08:42 AM
QueenCrafty's Avatar Courtney
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I see a nurse midwife, which is very different from a homebirth midwife. My midwives work in an OB office and have birthing privileges at one of the hospitals in town. My midwife does her appointments just like an OB (including all the regular tests that my insurance covers), but she just spends a little more time getting to know me during the appointments and will stick with my longer during labor and delivery. I'm not sure how much a typical appointment runs since I do have insurance.
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February 7th, 2010, 10:09 AM
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I guess I mean a nurse midwife. I don't really know! I am new to all of this. I need someone affordable because I will be paying out of pocket until my insurance kicks in. The OBGYN office near me would cost me $350 just to SEE the obgyn. That does not include any tests or anything they might do. For example, they told me it would be $900 if they did an ultrasound. I can not afford that. Plus, I don't know that I really need it ?? I'm looking for a more affordable option.
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February 7th, 2010, 10:36 AM
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I would consider seeing a midwife if thats important to you. For my pregnancies, I don't normally seek care till after 12 weeks or so, thats when the heartbeat can often be heard with a doppler, and thats usually one of the more important things to me at the first appt. Prior to that there isn't much prenatal care to be given, unless you have a history of miscarriages, or other risk factors. You could just wait for your insurance to kick in.
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