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June 18th, 2011, 05:38 PM
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My name is Shawna and I just found out we're expecting our first!

Had a few questions for you ladies.

I was wanting to use a mid-wife, so for those of you who have, did you go to a obgyn for a blood test and to 'start off' your pregnancy? or do you go to a mid-wife from the very beginning?

We live in a small town where options are somewhat limited so all advice is much appreciated!

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June 18th, 2011, 07:47 PM
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Congrats and welcome! Most midwives can order the bloodwork, some do it in their office/clinic/home and send it out and some will send you to a lab or somewhere to have it done. I have always seen the midwife from the start.
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June 18th, 2011, 10:16 PM
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My midwife was able to do all our care from the first appointment to 6 weeks after birth. She did my initial labs, arranged for a 20 week sonogram and handled my third trimester labwork and pap smear at my 6 week visit.
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June 19th, 2011, 07:27 AM
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Thanks ladies!
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June 19th, 2011, 08:59 AM
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I did everything through my midwife from 5 weeks until birth
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June 19th, 2011, 09:19 AM
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I had a hard time finding a midwife, I live in the middle of nowhere. I went to my OB for the first visit, they had all the financial paper filled out for me to sign. I told them I wasn't sure what I wanted to do so I'm not going to sign a financial commitment right now. Anyway, I did find only one midwife in my area I still have to set up an appt with her.
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June 19th, 2011, 01:39 PM
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Welcome to the board.

I initially didn't know homebirth was an option so went to my family doctor at about 6 weeks.
At maybe 9 weeks I saw a midwife in an obs office. This was a tramatic experience and I regret it greatly. Not only did I feel forced to do a bunch of tests that I knew I didn't need, but she was rude and later we got hit with a huge bill.
A week later I found my homebirth midwife who is able to do all basic testing that an OB can(assuming you are low risk).

Good luck finding a midwife that works for you. Unless you foresee complications or have huge insurance issues, there is no need to see an OB at all during your pregnancy.

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June 19th, 2011, 09:45 PM
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I started my care with my midwife.
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June 20th, 2011, 08:18 AM
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Hi and Welcome!

Where I live OBGYNs don't do the blood work, the clinic does with a nurse. So my MW asked me to get the initial blood testing done and so I saw a nurse for that. I did use a OBGYN for back up care for the first 20 weeks. Just so that I would get to know the OBGYN in case I transfered at some point in my pregnancy or labor.
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