Question for the Answer Box (i.e. responses from YOU!): How soon after you learned you were pregnant did you get your first appointment with your ob/gyn or midwife?
At my HMO you don't see your OB until about 14 weeks. There's really no need to see anyone before then if you don't have any problems or have a history of problems. They have an early pregnancy class that you can attend as soon as you have a BFP, it's offered twice weekly, a day & an evening, so you should be able to attend one within a few days or a week tops. That class is taught by a nurse and a nutritionist where you learn pretty much everything you need to know for the first trimester, and they also do an initial screening of who might need a dating ultrasound or to be seen by an OB before the routine prenatal appointments start. If you aren't sure of your LMP date (within a 4-day range) then they have you come in for a dating ultrasound but you don't usually see an OB.
I've never hired a midwife before pregnancy. With DS I had something going on physically that might have precluded a safe home birth so I didn't hire her until about 18 or 20 weeks. With DD for a whole bunch of reasons I didn't find a midwife until nearly 36 weeks. I'd been getting prenatal care through my HMO though.
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I go to an OB/Gyn practice that also has a midwife and I only see her. Typically they have you come in after you've missed your period for a "confirmation" (since you've already taken 10 at home) pee test given by a nurse or medical assistant. Then they schedule your first appt. Usually it's not until 8 wks or so. I typically go in at 6ish wks just bc I've had lots of issues and losses. Not that going in early prevents anything for the most part unless you need a progesterone supplement which I didnt. I just felt better getting an u/s then to see how things were going and to talk to my midwife whom I love!