Midwives full?

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raingirl28's picture
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Midwives full?

I knew that midwife clinics book fast around here, but I figured if I called right away with a BFP (called the day of my first blood test from the fertility clinic so I was 3w6d at the time) I should be good.

I just talked to the midwife clinic, which is the only one in our city, and they are still evaluating whether they can take me on. They should know by the end of next week. They said they need to see how full they are with current care to see if they can add me in for the late January EDD. Apparently they book based on month and January is already pretty full.

Now I'm sad. I don't want to do an OB. I REALLY want a midwife!!

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Wow!!!
So what happens if they decide they can't fit you?
Have you told them your history?

Keeping everything crossed for you
Xxxxx

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Keep trying back even if they say they are full, and ask if they will put you on a waiting list. Sadly, some women will miscarry, some will risk out of midwifery care, and there *will* be openings. You'll get one of them. Blum 3

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In Ontario midwives totally book up quick Sad I hope they can still take you on. I read somewhere that more than 50% of people who want midwifery care can't get it because there aren't enough spaces. It's a shame though that they don't save some spaces for late month due dates though - that doesn't really make sense, or else they would not have any deliveries to attend near the end of the month. IF you can't get in make sure to stay on the waiting list, because there are some people that miscarry or otherwise risk out for any given month.

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Wow that's crazy. We have lots of midwives around my area, I couldn't imagine them booking up. Well hopefully you get one. Sorry you have to deal with this.

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I should hear by the end of next week. I can't wait though as I'm starting to get anxious about booking first appointments and such. Apparently there is this test. called IPS (Integrated Prenatal Screening), where you have to do blood work at two times, around 11 weeks and then 14 or something. I'm just worried I'm going to miss that!

I called the Ontario Midwives association and she said to check with some of the west Toronto locations as they may service my area as I'm right on the south-east border between Toronto and Brampton. I will try that today just in case.

I really hope I get in though. I can't imagine trying to find an OB! I wouldn't even know how to do that!

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I really suggest looking for other midwives as well just in case. Most midwives can only take so many patients at a time and most will give priority to moms that have already birthed with them. My midwife takes 8 clients a month and she accepts clients who are due any time of the month, I was a last day of the month due date mom, and she accepts previous clients before new ones just because she knows their history. I hope it works out for you though! I also suggest to keep calling them and see if they have a wait list they can put you on. Like Spacers said, some women will miscarry or risk out of midwife care and a spot very well could open up for you. Also some women may just change their minds too. I had a friend who started going with my midwife and after a couple appointments decided to switch to a different midwife. Don't give up hope yet! My suggestion with finding on OB if it does come to that is do your research. There are some good natural birth friendly doctors out there. Grill the doctors on your first visit with them and honestly be a royal pain in the ***, if they can deal with all your questions and your firm decisions with your birth on the first visit then they are usually good. If they start trying to change your mind through visits though, it will most likely be subtle things, then find a new one. The two big flags you want to watch out for are lots of ultra sounds, you do NOT need more then one unless they find something of concern in the first one, and if they ever try to pull the big baby card, especially after ultra sounds are done.

I am sure there are many other things I am missing but that should give you a good start. I hope that you don't have to worry about that though. I am sorry you are having to deal with the thought though!

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Thanks. Unfortunately, the midwives up here are governed by the clinics they work under. There isn't even a midwife clinic in my city. I have to go to one that has two locations, one in the city east of me, and one in the city south of me. Maybe that's why they are putting my request lower on the list?

I think for OBs I may have to be referred by my family doctor but I'm not sure. My family doctor is still in my old city though and she wouldn't know any recommendations where I live....

I guess I just have to wait.

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:bighug: Sorry this is turning out to be difficult! I hope you can get things settled soon.

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So who do you typically see for general womens health care? Like paps and stuff? Just a general practioner? I'm so interested in how things works in other countries. Sorry you have to wait til next week. Hope you get in though.

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when I was in Canada all my OB /GYN care was done through my family Dr. Generally only high risk or previous patients could get into an OB.

In the US I had an OB and midwife appointments but ended up being high risk due to being early and had to have an OB.

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double post.

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:lurk:
I have friends in your area, do you want me to see if I can get any OB referrals for you? Your family doctor would have to make the actual referral although your RE might do it. Also, OBs will not see you until you are at least 12 weeks unless you are high risk and then it is up to the individual OB Sad

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**Lurk**
I am on the Canadian west coast and I ended up with a "family" practice that specialized in maternity care. So they are family doctors, not OBs or midwives, but they are all ladies and specialize in maternity care. It was really awesome! There are at least two in my general area which is not a huge hub. Maybe google "maternity care" and then your town, that might provide some leads. I was very happy with the setup and maybe if you like it there and you're lucky they will take you on as permanent patient after :). In any case, if the midwives don't take you ask to be put on a waitlist - it's not ideal but you could always switch providers later on during your pregnancy.
Good luck Smile

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"eliann" wrote:

So who do you typically see for general womens health care? Like paps and stuff? Just a general practioner? I'm so interested in how things works in other countries. Sorry you have to wait til next week. Hope you get in though.

Up here 99% of everything is done with your family doctor/GP. You are only referred to a OB/GYN for special/different/complex female problems. Some GPs do maternity care, unfortunately mine does not.

Gah...I hope the midwives call me soon and just tell me either way what their plan is!

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"raingirl28" wrote:

Up here 99% of everything is done with your family doctor/GP. You are only referred to a OB/GYN for special/different/complex female problems. Some GPs do maternity care, unfortunately mine does not.

Gah...I hope the midwives call me soon and just tell me either way what their plan is!

Hope you atleast get on the waiting list.

My GP refers woman to an OB at around 20 weeks - I got referred early because I had high BP. I have only known 1 person who went to her GP the whole time - and her GP had hospital priviledges so he delivered too

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I was waitlisted with my first pregnancy, but they called me back 2 days later and said they had an opening. I just saw an OB until then. Fingers crossed for you!