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#1 babybabydust

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Posted 01 June 2019 - 12:07 PM

looking ahead if this little one sticks around (last few have ended in mc)  I am trying to decide if I want to go with Midwife or OB.  I have had limited experience with both but I really liked the care with the Midwife, but worry after such intense following with the clinic if a midwife will feel too hands off and stressful.

 

What have or are others choosing?


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Currently in IVF cycle

 


#2 schlepp

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Posted 02 June 2019 - 12:05 AM

I would love to have a midwife! My sister had them for all 3 pregnancies and loved it. They spend a lot more time with you and follow up afterwards. 

 

I am very early pregnant but at first scan there were two sacs and I immediately though 'Oh no! Now I can't have a midwife'.


(age 38) June 2016 IVF #1 antagonist, 13 mature eggs, 4 fertilized, 1 blast frozen

October 2016 FET #1 cancelled, thin lining

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July 2017 partner has vasectomy reversal

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Sept/Oct 2018 IVF#4 antagonist with HGH - CANCELLED due to high estrogen/29mm cyst

Oct 2018 IVF#4.1 antagonist with HGH - 7 eggs, all mature, 6 fertilized, 2 blasts on day 6, PGS tested/euploid

November 2018 FET #2 w/immune protocol and 1 PGS tested -  BFN

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(age 41) April 2019 IVF#5 converted to IUI#3 due to follicle growth. BFP 12 day post IUI. Di/Di twins.

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#3 hopefuldadsomeday

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Posted 02 June 2019 - 03:15 AM

We went with a midwife too for the following reasons:

 

1.) When it's time for us to deliver, it will be with one of the 2 midwives we've already met, not the OB/GYN on call.

2.) My wife's appointments are for a full 30 minutes (our friends complained that their appointments with OB/GYN often felt rushed less than 15 minutes) and her appointments are always on time (friends with OB/GYN said appointments were always late 30-60 minutes).  My wife had just one appointment with an OB/GYN because she had a succenturiate placenta lobe and her appointment was 2 hours late.

3.) Our midwives gave us a 24 hours emergency line which we have used a couple times and were connected with the midwife right away.  My wife had to go to the hospital 2 weeks ago due to extreme abdominal pain - we called at 11pm, when we arrived at the hospital, the midwife was there waiting for us (fortunately, everything was okay).

4.) Continuity of care - they will follow us up to 6 weeks post-partum and will visit us at home a week after giving birth.

 

Overall we have been very happy with the care we've received from our midwives.  If anything, I think going with a midwife will be more hands on than with a OB/GYN


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#4 Aimeehug

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Posted 04 June 2019 - 11:33 PM

Im only 15 weeks. Met my midwife once but takes to her on the phone a few times. She called me with test results on a Sunday and got me on antibiotics that same day. I had to go to the hospital and she told me to call me when I was out to update her (turned out nothing major). I am liking having her.
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March 13, 2019- Transfer date for FET #1

March 18, 2019- turned 34 and got a squinter 5dp5dt.

March 22, 2019- Positive Beta! 

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#5 Annababy79

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Posted 13 June 2019 - 11:37 AM

We've chosen a midwife for a few reason.

 

Way more hands on in terms of time they have to spend with you but we get to decide which tests we want and which ones we don't. I've had friends that were told by their OB that if they didn't have certain tests the OB would not be able to continue seeing them. 

 

Home visits post partum means I don't have to drag my new born to a clinic in December which can mean temps hitting as low as -40. 

 

Option to birth at the local birth center instead of the hospital which is what I want. 


October 2014 - MC

April 2015 - MC

October 2015 - IVF with fresh transfer of 2 day 5 embryos - BFN

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December 9 2018 - FET with 1 day 5 embryo

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December 27 2018 - Beta 2

April 2 2019 - FET 1 4BB embryo 

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April 19 2019 - HCG 7050

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May 13 2019 - Ultrasound heart.gif 172

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