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November 8th, 2010, 05:18 AM
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Hi! I just recently found out that I am expecting (my first!) and my husband and I already knew we wanted a home birth. So here is the question...when do I call a midwife to set up an appointment? (Or interview midwifes I should say.) Do I do that now? I am 5 weeks along if we go from the normal LMP. And do I still have to go into the obstetrician or can I forego that all together? I have to admit that I do still want an ultrasound, but besides that I am fine with letting the midwife handle all aspects of the pregnancy she can. Any advice would be helpful! Thanks!
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November 8th, 2010, 05:46 AM
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If you have enough midwives to interview then I'd start that now...I'd set a goal to have one picked and an appt set for sometime in the first trimester....like at around 10 weeks or so...that was my goal....only it was a different kind of goal...it was have hubby convinced of a HB by then....it worked and I had my first appt at 11 weeks.

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November 8th, 2010, 06:57 AM
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Thank you!!!
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November 8th, 2010, 06:59 AM
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I would definitely start calling now. My midwife typically does a "consult" visit at 6 weeks and then schedules the first "real" appointment around 10-12 weeks. She can order ultrasounds and tests so there was no need to see another provider.
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November 8th, 2010, 07:02 AM
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Ditto the other ladies. Definitely start now. Chances are you won't see her till 11/12 weeks for your first prenatal, but if you want to interview several you need to get in now.

Especially since you're due during the summer, correct? You want to make sure you get in.
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November 8th, 2010, 07:22 AM
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I would def find a few and pick one you like. I went to me consult at 6 weeks, then set up my first appt at 10 weeks. I would most def start now
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November 8th, 2010, 08:02 AM
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I have maybe a different take. For me since at home MW were not cover by my insurance (had to pay out of pocket) -- and once I paid for the MW it was non-refundable, I saw my OB for the 1st 2 trimesters (and would probably do so again), and then switched when I was comfortable that I was low risk enough for a home birth.
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November 8th, 2010, 05:25 PM
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Good advice from everyone! I know for us, we called right away... as the midwives I use have booked up pretty quickly in the past.

Please continue to keep us posted on your journey towards a homebirth... and CONGRATS on your pregnancy!
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November 9th, 2010, 06:18 AM
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Yup, start now. My MW didn't see me until 12 weeks. But I already hired her before I was pregnant.
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November 9th, 2010, 06:36 AM
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Thanks everyone! One was already out of town that month so I am lucky to have more than one in the area. Whew!
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November 9th, 2010, 03:17 PM
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My midwife saw me as soon as I got my BFP, but the system is different in Canada. ButI'd start calling asap.
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