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February 4th, 2014, 09:48 AM
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I've had a hard time searching for a midwife- since my first home birth was when I lived in another state. I contacted one midwife and it took awhile to hear back. Then it turns out she doesn't take my insurance so I had/have to switch. I got in contact with another midwife that I heard was soon accepting new patients - back from leave - and after waiting 2 weeks to hear back - that's a negative. So now I'm back to trying to switch my insurance so I can get in with midwife #1. However, it's looking like it'll take a couple weeks for this process to go through. I'm already just over 20 weeks. Do you think the midwife will still take me in a couple weeks?! I know, I need to contact her to see - but I'm telling you, unless you make an appointment (all done online) you can't reach her.

I'm starting to worry I'll be stuck with a hospital birth. Please ease my mind... or be honest.

Edited to add: I see online that there are multiple home birth midwives within 60-90 minutes of where I live. If I can't get in with the local midwife- think another from farther away would accept someone that far?
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February 4th, 2014, 04:10 PM
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I have read many births where the MW was 1.5-3hrs away.

If this MW didn't work out we'd go with one 2hrs away or (as a 3rd option) we'd go with one that is 1hr away.

Honestly I think MWs do more after the baby is pushed out than during the actual labor, so even if the MWs missed the birth from being far away they'd be there soon enough, make sense?

A lot of women switch from OB/Hospital care to MWs at any point in their pregnancy. I have never personally heard of a MW turning someone away because they were ___ far along.

Midwifery care is (generally) more open and understanding to changes IMO.
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February 6th, 2014, 12:38 PM
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It's never to late! I hope you can work it all out!
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February 6th, 2014, 01:14 PM
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i dont think its ever too late to ask! Assuming shes not full i dont see why someone would turn you away simply because you are 20+ weeks, some money from a client is better than none at all.

Im not sure about someone far away though, i think it really depends on your labour history, its not something id be comfortable with personally, but obviously thats something to discuss with them, id call and see what they say
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