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I think you can switch to a midwife whenever you want to, as long as they aren't too busy to take you on. In my area there are only 4 within a pretty huge area so I always call ASAP to make sure they can take me on. But there shouldn't be any "cut off" and it shouldn't matter if you have already seen your OB. Midwives do deliver twins. I think where and how vary from one midwife to another. My midwife will not deliver twins at home; I think that is a legal thing in Manitoba....but every midwife and province is different so you would just have to ask when you see one.
About the amniotic fluid....I have never ever smelled it. I didn't even know it had a smell. During my entire home birth I never once smelled anything and believe me, there was a big puddle of it on my bedroom carpet!! And my water broke before I delivered. So I don't think that your DH should be too worried. Hope this helps!
There shouldn't be a smell with the fluid, if there is thats usually a warning sign of a possible "problem", were you GBS+/or did the baby pass meconium while in the womb or some type of infection? Do you remember what it smelled like (we do have some stinky stuff in the hospitals LOL)
The only thing I have ever smelt was the lochia, no smell that I have noticed with amniotic fluid.
I would call midwives in your area today, they do fill fast, if they are full when you contact them you may be out of luck, but you can always change your mind.
As for twins, not sure what the law is in Ontario, but if a person truly wants a homebirth, and elects to not have an u/s that would show twins, even if your law states hospital is mandatory, the midwife can be "surprised", for that matter birth can happen "fast" and twins can be at home.
Midwives can order all the prenatal testing you want, including ultrasounds, so unless you "risk out" there is absolutely no need for a Dr (whether that is GP or OB).