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October 30th, 2009, 07:05 PM
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I haven't had a midwife appointment yet besides the interviews. I am still confused on the insurance thing. I'm wondering if I should have just one appointment with my doctor just to make sure everything is okay, and there aren't any complications that I should consider when thinking about a homebirth.

Did anyone else do this?
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October 30th, 2009, 07:11 PM
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Some do, its really up to you.

Personally I've never even BEEN to an obstetrician. My midwives have always done all the regular stuff an OB would anyway other than a TON of bloodwork, they just do the typical workup.
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October 30th, 2009, 07:14 PM
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Nope, not with my 2nd pregnancy. My first was an OB delivery, my 2nd it was straight with the midwife.
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October 30th, 2009, 07:40 PM
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I did because I hadn't convinced DH to go for a home birth yet. So, I went to my regular OB, who used to be a home birth midwife. She just checked me out and we did an u/s to date the pregnancy since I'd only had one period since having Lily and I knew that wasn't an accurate dating method for this pregnancy.
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October 30th, 2009, 09:15 PM
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I kind of did.

I ended up getting pregnant after going to a pretty fantastic private fertility clinic (turned out I just needed some Clomid and a little help from my friends) and they did, I think, two early ultrasounds/check-ins before "graduating" me out of there. So, up until 12 weeks-ish, my care was somewhat concurrent.
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October 30th, 2009, 09:17 PM
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Nope, midwives are very well trained to pick up on circumstances that would risk you out. I didn't even see an OB for my ultrasound or NST - just a sonographer/ultrasound tech.
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October 30th, 2009, 09:34 PM
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I didn't see an OB....but I did see my RE first because I was on fertility meds and needed an u/s to match sure I was prego and it was vibile, etc.

I did see the back up OB twice for an u/s when I lost my mucus plug at 21 weeks and when I was overdue for a NST.
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October 30th, 2009, 11:16 PM
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Not with this pregnancy... I saw an OB with the boys though... We are looking at having an appointment with the OB we'd be requesting at the hospital we'd transfer to if needed.
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October 31st, 2009, 02:04 PM
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I saw an OB with my son years ago, but just did straight care with a midwife this time around. I will also be going to her for my regular yearly exams. Like all the other ladies have said they are just as, if not more thorough than an OB.

The way my insurance worked with my midwife was really easy. I wrote her a check for the whole 9 months of care and birth at my 36 week appt. As soon as the baby was born she submitted a claim to Blue Cross and they cut us a check for a good portion of it.
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November 1st, 2009, 05:09 PM
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Thanks for the tips and advice!
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November 2nd, 2009, 09:43 AM
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My first appointment was with a nurse at my local clinic for all my initial blood work. My Midwife is a Traditional Midwife, meaning she doesn't work with a hospital or birth center, the prenatal appointments take place in her home. She is my primary care provider for this pregnancy. I do see a OBGYN for shadow care. I don't do any of the testing or anything like for GD, but I do have 1 ultrasound, mainly to see where my placenta is. The OB appointments basically consist of hearing heartbeat and a little chit chat. I had bad PPD with my first born, so that is the primary reason why I'm seeing a back up OB and also in case of transfer, I have a OB I already know and am comfortable with. My MW, as I said is my primary care giver. Her appointments are much longer, an hour, and she checks my urine each time (OB does not check my urine). Her appointments are more thorough as well and does know about my past PPD and hasn't worked with too many women who have had it. She is also a Doula and Lactation Consultant which will be wonderful when I am in labor and after my baby is born.
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November 2nd, 2009, 11:44 AM
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I never saw an OB with my homebirth baby, and won't be this time around either, unless something unforeseen comes up. I am just over 9 weeks now but won't see my m/w till I'm 11 weeks.
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November 2nd, 2009, 09:45 PM
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I guess just because I've had loss before, I'm antsy and just want to make sure everything is okay. I'm ten weeks now, and expected to have scheduled the first appointment by now (not had the first appointment, but at least have an upcoming date for it)

When I told her who my insurance provider is, she cringed a bit, and said they don't like to pay- they have to be pressured into paying. And I'm confused about how to handle the paperwork for it. It's actually a friend of mine that handles the insurance claims for her, so I am going to contact her and ask what the heck I do. She won't see me until I get the insurance rolling, but paperwork confuses me!

I'm not frantic or anything, just kind of antsy and curious. I didn't know if maybe it was normal to see the OB first and then the midwife.
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