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July 9th, 2012, 09:17 AM
Memi's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Hey girls. I've posted here a few times in the past but just to recap I have a 21 month old DS who I had to have an unplanned C-section with. I've been researching home birth and am interested in going that route for my next child but am not yet pregnant.

I have already found and spoken with two midwives I feel very comfortable with and I recently discovered that one of them delivered the children of my Chiropractor as well. His wife had all of his children at home. After speaking to him about their experience I feel much more confident in my decision.

I have my annual Pap smear coming up that I need to schedule. Since having my son I've tried scheduling my annual with different physicians to try to find an OB I liked before I was pregnant again and in a panic. My question is this: Do midwives who conduct home births ever schedule and perform just a normal annual pap smear for someone who isn't expecting? I think it'd be a great time to meet and start that relationship, but I wasn't sure if midwives even do this sort of service. TIA!
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July 10th, 2012, 10:19 AM
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If they offer well woman services then yes they can do your annual paps at their office or your home whichever they choose. I would call and ask them or email and ask if they offer well woman care. I will be going to a home birth midwife for my well woman care.

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July 10th, 2012, 11:51 AM
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A lot of midwives do well woman care as well. My midwife did my pap at one of my postpartum visits and I'm planning to have her do them from here on out. It would also be a great way to meet midwives and get a feel for them so you already know which ones you like before you get pregnant.

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July 10th, 2012, 08:26 PM
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Great, thanks ladies! I was worrying that this wasn't common practice for some reason. Now I need to figure out how this would work for insurance since my insurance won't cover midwifery care unless it's file under a Dr. Which obviously wouldn't be the case for home birth which stinks.

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July 11th, 2012, 07:17 PM
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I think it just depends on the individual practice and probably the state you are living in. I know many birthing centers who also provide home-birth care will do well-women care. My last midwife was in the process of getting set up to do well-women care when I was seeing her throughout my pregnancy.

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