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September 28th, 2011, 02:39 PM
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How was your pedi about your homebirth? Did he/she approve? Give you grief? Question you? Doubt baby's health?

I took Carson in today and when she asked where he was born and I said home the look on her face was total shock, I honestly think I was the first homebirth mom she had ever met in her life. She had 400 questions and was just completely surprised that I didn't get antibiotics for the GBS (did the hibiclens), and that I declined the vitamin K, hep b and eye goop. Then she prescribed me the eye stuff because she said he looked like he had a clogged eye duct. Then she was asking me all these questions about midwives and how did she get/do this and the way she talked it was like she had no clue about midwives at all - I think she was thinking of midwives 100 years ago when they came with like I don't know a towel and some herbs lol. Not the modern midwives who come huge bags with oxygen tanks and medical supplies. Then when I said his weight she was really surprised, she said, "vaginally?!"... no, I had a c-section at home. lol After all was said and done she commented on how he was "actually really quite healthy" as if he wouldn't be because he was born at home? Eh... she wasn't rude but she just didn't seem to approving, I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and just say she's uneducated about it.

We're supposed to go back in a week to have him weighed again but our insurance doesn't go into effect for a few weeks and if they're going to charge me another $145 office visit fee... I'll weigh him myself and let them know lol. Then we go back in a month for another check up and "first shots" which will be... fun considering I'm not going with the "normal" schedule.

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September 28th, 2011, 07:32 PM
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When my husband took Korbin for the first time, the nurses asked where he was born and my husband replied at home. They were kinda shocked and asked if that was planned lol he said yes it was. The Dr just asked some questions but didn't really seem to have any issue with it. Korbin is going to a new ped tomorrow so we will see how that goes lol

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October 2nd, 2011, 06:10 PM
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Our family doctor's wife was my midwife for my second birth, and she's had at least 2 home births and thier daughter just had a her 2nd home birth (the other doctor in the practice) so they dont' really think twice about it. I love them, we pay out of pocket for appts, but they never question our decisions like non-vaxxing and home birth.
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October 2nd, 2011, 09:08 PM
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When our pedi asked where Beau was born and we said "home," she just said "oh, okay," wrote it down on his chart, and then never mentioned it again. I think home births are a lot more common in this area of the country (Seattle), so they're probably pretty used to it.

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October 3rd, 2011, 08:03 AM
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Our Pediatrician was actually super awesome about it. We brought in ds2 for his first check up at 1 month. Our Midwife was doing the checks up until then. There was a little note on my file that we had a homebirth and several nurses were like "that is so cool, did you use Susan as your Midwife?". I didn't know then, but homebirthing is actually pretty common in my area and there is a Midwife, Susan, who does most of them (but that wasn't mine because I didn't know about her at the time), and the hospital knows her and are totally ok with that type of stuff. And then our Pediatrician was talking about homebirth and was cool with it.
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October 3rd, 2011, 07:47 PM
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I haven't had this LO yet, but my second daughter was born a a freestanding birth center. When I brought her in for a checkup at 12 hours old, everyone in the office was coming to look at her like she was a circus freak or something. They had never seen a baby that young in the office, and the pediatric NP there had the same attitude that your pediatrician had, which surprised me.

Needless to say, we eventually changed pediatricians, and now my 8-year-old daughter sees a pediatric NP who was one of my professors and is totally awesome. When I told her that I was planning a home birth for this baby, she said she will even come out to our house for the first visit if the baby is born on a weekend or one of the days that she is not usually in the office. I just need to email her when the baby is born. I'm totally stoked that my baby might get her first check up at home!
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October 4th, 2011, 10:29 PM
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Or ped thought is was 'cool' and reiterated that the health problems my DD had right after she was born were not my fault. I really love her - and actually look forward to our appointments!

Thank you Kiliki for my first beautiful Siggie!

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