Service provider dilemma

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Registered: 07-14-2008
Service provider dilemma
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Fri, 02-12-2010 - 9:50pm

So a few weeks ago I wasn't sure how I was going to get any prenatal care (I knew I would, but it was getting frustrating).

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Registered: 11-01-2005
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 10:03pm

Well I was supposed to have a midwife but I wont go over that saga again as it makes me incredibly bitter...


So I have a GP that isnt my family doc, he just happens to have been the doc on call at the walk-in clinic when I was desperately seeking help.

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Registered: 05-24-2007
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 11:32pm

I think the maternity clinic sounds like the best, because of the convenience for appointments. 7 people does sound like a lot though, and you won't know who will actually deliver your baby. That being said, I had never met the doctor who delivered my son either.

My experience is that I have my OB, who is alone in his practice. I saw him for all my appts with DS, he came to see me when I was dilating and waiting to progress in labor. (Great doctor, I'm seeing him again for this baby.) Then once pushing began and baby was ready to pop out, word came that my OB was enroute to the hospital across town to do an emergency c/s on one of his patients, that obviously had priority over me with a normal vaginal delivery with no complications. The on-call OB at my hospital was called in to deliver my DS. I had never seen him before in my life, but I could care less at that point. He did a great job. I agree that the nurses do most of the work anyway... not to discredit what a doctor does, but truly, the nurses are there for ALL that time before the baby is crowning and a doc is "supposed" to be there to catch the baby.

So that's my point of view. If you're able to meet with the MW too, then go for it, you may end up with the scenario you're hoping for in the end after all.

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Registered: 04-03-2008
Sun, 02-14-2010 - 9:01am

I think it depends on the type of birth you want and whether you end up liking the midwife or not.


Of course it is super practical to not have to drive to appointments but in my book not worth dealing with the fact that any of 7 OBs could be on call when you deliver.


I would go with the midwife- BUT only if you "click" with her:) No point in switching to someone who you don't get along with and who will be there for prenatal, delivery, and post-natal care.



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Registered: 07-14-2008
Mon, 02-15-2010 - 8:30pm
Thanks for your feedback everyone.
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