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sandraleigh's picture
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OB Appt booked

Got a call from the Dr. today that I've been referred to an OB and my appt is on December 12th.

Ugh, it just makes me so nervous having a Doctor that I've only met twice refer me to an OB and just hope to heck that he is a good OB and we 'mesh' well. Not sure if it helped or hindered that I looked him up on ratemd.ca to see what kind of reviews the OB has. Seems from the reviews that he might be a little induction-happy, which I hope is not true. I was induced with #3 at 11 days overdue, and it was a fine experience, but I hope he doesn't start pushing inducing early at me just because I have big babies.

Anyways, going to be nervous until I meet this OB. Can't believe how fast this is going! In my old city, there were so few OB's (maybe 5 in the whole city?) that you didn't even go to see your OB until you were 32 weeks. You saw your family doc before that. Just seems strange to be passed on to an OB at only 13 weeks!

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holy crap 32 weeks? thats crazy hopefully you like him and everything goes well

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"angelover02740" wrote:

holy crap 32 weeks? thats crazy hopefully you like him and everything goes well

Ya, the whole OB thing is different here in Canada. Women don't run to an OB the second they're pregnant. We also don't take our babies to pediatricians unless they have something wrong with them that warrants a referral to a Pedi.

Sandra - Here's hoping the OB works out and you mesh well. If you don't like him/her, can you not try someone else? I'd hope that you'd have the option. As for the induction...they can push and you can say NO! Just keep saying NO until you feel comfortable with saying yes. Obviously there is a point where you'd be overdue and think that it's ok. You have had 3 kids. You know your body better than any OB!!!! *hugs*

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

Ya, the whole OB thing is different here in Canada. Women don't run to an OB the second they're pregnant. We also don't take our babies to pediatricians unless they have something wrong with them that warrants a referral to a Pedi.

so where do you take your babies? they dont get checkup every couple of months?

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"angelover02740" wrote:

so where do you take your babies? they dont get checkup every couple of months?

We take them to our family doctor. Smile

Well, for the first 6 weeks my midwife did the 'well baby' checkups. They come to your home for them.

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that doesnt make sense why take them to your family doctor if the pedi specializes in children, my dr here sends us to the childrens hospital if anything unless its life threatening and then we take them to our closest hospital since the children's hospital is 40 mins away from me. Children hospital specializes in children which is where u want to be a hospital is trained to take care of older patients

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I think it makes sense...the majority of babies have nothing wrong with them so why go to a specialist?

Keep in mine, I might be wrong about how it goes without a midwife in the picture since I have a midwife. I think normally you take them to whoever delivered them for the first 6 weeks of checkups. So maybe the OB? I don't know exactly.

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here midwife's and pedi's are different the midwifes have nothing to do when the baby is born, Here your child sees a Pedi until they 18 years old and then they switch to a family doctor. my son had GERD and an milk protein allergy so it was good that he saw the Pedi because a family doctor might of missed that,

but maybe family docs in Canada have more knowledge in children than the docs here and thats why its not necessary

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Wow, pedi till 18? That's crazy.

Ya, our systems are definitely different. Pediatricians are definitely just for cases where you need specialized care. My daughter had reflux as an infant. I took her to our family doctor about it. He offered suggestions to do with positioning and meds. He referred us to a local Child Development Center where we borrowed a positioning wedge for her to sleep on. Had she been more severe or had an allergy, she might have been referred to a specialist. Not sure.

From the reading I've done the US health care system is more 'fear based' than here. We pretty much assume everyone is healthy, until given a reason for them not to be. So a perfectly healthy baby can be 'cared for' by a family doctor...until some reason comes up that they need to be cared by someone else. Also, we don't have super structured visits like you do. We just go to the doctor when we think we need them for something specific. I sometimes wonder if all the visits on a set schedule is a bit of a cash grab for a healthy child? Know what I mean?

To add another difference we also have people called 'Public Health Nurses'. They work in a clinic where they do the immunizations. So you make an appt with them when your child needs immunizations or go to one of their drop in clinics. They do check weights and heights and ask you if you have any concerns there. A lot of the simple care for a normal infant can be done by a nurse or a general doctor...and don't really require a pedi.

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im sure all our stuff is money driven, our health care sucks here and we pay an arm and a leg for it and these docs charge an arm and a leg, i have family that lives in canada and im always so jealous of the 1 year maternity leave we get 8 weeks on vaginally and 12 on C-section delivers and its usually unpaid

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I'm from England originally so I think I can weigh in here, I currently live in the US but my kids go to our Family DR, he specializes in family medicine which means children and adults. When we had problems with food allergies and intolerances we were referred to a Pediatric allergy specialist. Our Dr is very knowledgeable in regards to kid's health, their nurse practioner is really good with them and all the staff handle immunizations and little and not so little ones very well.

When I lived in England I had prenatal care by a midwife and met with the DR a few times and then an appointment to discuss induction with the DR also. Delivery and birth was all midwife and I would do it again, no epi, just gas & air and least intervention as possible. My son is now 15 yo but what I loved about midwife care was the fact that they came to the home when I had an issues outside of office hours, including coming out to check how dilated I was the night I went into labor, the pediatrician in the hospital made all the necessary checks before discharge but my midwife came out to me at home to make sure baby and I were doing OK and check my PP bleeding and stitches. Well baby visits was with the local health visitor at the health center, if baby was sick we would go to the family DR. It made sense, why take a healthy child to where sick people are?

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Way to chim in! You've seen both systems! We're more like the British system, for sure.

I had a c-section with DD but my midwife was there for it. On day 2 the OB who did the c-section turned my care over to my midwife and I was able to go home. The midwife came to my home for the well baby checkups and she also checked my incision and all that. It was great! I think they come every second day at first.

I have friends who have gone home like 3 hours after delivery under care of a midwife. Of course, you don't have to go home so early and if you have kids at home already you might not want to. Blum 3 I stayed 2 nights after my c-section and that was MORE than enough even in my awesome private birthing suite.

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I was a FTM so a Domino delivery wasn't an option for me. I would love to either do a home birth this time or have a Domino delivery but here in the US I am limited and have to stay a minimum of 24 hours before they will let me leave Sad

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Domino delivery?

Because I'm a vbac I doubt I'll be going home super early. We'll see. Our hospital is really nice...but the beds aren't the greatest for sleeping in. They're awesome birthing beds though (or so I hear).

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I took both of my kids to a family doctor until DD was about 18 months. I did that because I didn't care for any of the local pediatritians. I never did care for the doctor really. Once a pediatrician came that I felt comfortable with, we switched to her. I love going to her much better. We don't have to wait near as long, she is great with kids, the kids love her. I personally wouldn't be comfortable with someone comIng to my home to do a visit, that is just me being weird though! Our insurance isn't the best, but it is decent. If I don't like any of my doctors it isnt usually a problem to find a new one.

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"Heatherbella" wrote:

Domino delivery?

Because I'm a vbac I doubt I'll be going home super early. We'll see. Our hospital is really nice...but the beds aren't the greatest for sleeping in. They're awesome birthing beds though (or so I hear).

A domino delivery is when you have the baby and 3-4 hours later get discharged and go home.

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Family doctors (at least in Canada) have 2 years extra training and pediatricians 4 years. My son had to have a ped for the first 2 years because he was a preemie. When he was born they asked which ped I wanted and since I had not planned on one I got the next available in my part of the city. Even with Robbie being premature and tiny he really had no need for a ped, and as soon as he turned 2 we switched him to our family doctor. With Robbie now being 7, outside of well-child check-ups I think he has been to see the doctor (for illness) maybe 1-2 times/year.

Sandra - let me know who they are sending you to for an OB. I have a friend who worked at the fertility clinic and knows all the doctors, I can get the real information for you. Also, will you be delivering at the Alex? The new maternity area is awesome! Pretty sure there are no ward rooms so the smallest after delivery is a semi-private (think Misecordia is the only hospital left that does ward rooms). They also have "theme" rooms which are like a hotel room, we wanted one but with a preemie and being in for the 2 weeks before birth it did not make sense to do that.

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Yes, my kids just saw our family doctor in our old city. There is no need to see a pediatrician unless there are issues that require a specialist. Here in our new city though, I got all 3 of my kids a pediatrician. I wanted one for my son Eli, who has speech delay and hearing loss, and figured I might as well put all my kids with the same doctor. If you want to see a specialist in Canada, you need a referral from your family doctor - you can't just call up a pediatrician or an OB and decide to become a patient there.

Margaret, I'll actually be delivering in St. Albert! Since we are in the north end of the city, the Sturgeon in St. Albert is only 15-20 minutes from here. The OB I was referred to is up in St. Albert as well - Dr. De Lara.

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Have you considered going with a midwife? I think I remember that you do want pain meds/epidural, but most midwives that work out of a hospital (at least here in the states) have full access to every pain reliever, BUT also help with going more natural too... so they would definitely be less induction happy.

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I'm totally stalking you...hope your appt goes well. Smile

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

Margaret, I'll actually be delivering in St. Albert! Since we are in the north end of the city, the Sturgeon in St. Albert is only 15-20 minutes from here. The OB I was referred to is up in St. Albert as well - Dr. De Lara.

I will check my resources to find out info for you. I have heard good things about St Albert!

Laurie - midwives have just (less then a year) been given hospital privileges in our province so the system is still getting set up.

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Awesome that you have an appointment booked! I have one that same day I think Yahoo

Being in the US...I don't see a problem with either system, as long as your LO is getting regular check-ups by someone who knows what they're doing! I would have no problem taking my kids to a family doctor if I had one I went to already. But I love our pediatrician who is very relaxed about everything and fantastic with my kids. I think no matter what kind of doctor you see, you're going to have good ones and bad ones. FTR, I didn't see a pediatrician personally after I was about 6, then I went to a family doc if I got sick or injured. Like Leah said though, it seems like family doc's here have really long waits vs a pediatrician so that's a definite benefit.

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"akpufa" wrote:

Like Leah said though, it seems like family doc's here have really long waits vs a pediatrician so that's a definite benefit.

The opposite here it true. Really hard to get into a pediatrician and not so hard for most family doctors.

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Here you have the option of seeing a family practice or pediatrician if you want. I first saw a Family Practice doc with my DD but switched when he missed something with her at 2 weeks! I see the ob for everything even pre pregnancy like yearly paps and my post pardum (? sp) issues after DD.

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I HATE our pediatrician! the office doesnt seem to be very kid friendly and Im not a fan of the drs. (or the center itself... I go to the family practice side of it) Our issue was that in our area (and wehre we lived before) it is incredibly hard to get into the GOOD pediatric offices. They only take newborns from the hospital. We had a "decent" one when we were at our old house, but we also only got in there becuase DS was a newborn. When we moved we ended up at the crappy office (everyone in the county HATES going there and says how horrible they are...even one of their nurse practitioners agreed!) BUT DS was almost a year and the good office was only taking newborns. HOWEVER when this little one is born, we can get into the good office and then transfer DS in because he's a sibling....

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Wow Patience! What a pain...sorry to hear your options are so limited but at least it won't be too long now before you can switch.

Sandra, yay for having something booked. I hope you like the new person. Smile

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YAY Patience! I hope you can get into the good pedi this time!!!!

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I had a "domino delivery" lol. I was out of the hospital in 3 hours. And I was delivered by a family doctor who specialized in delivery. It was AWESOME!
This time around, we are doing midwife, and the baby will be in their care until 6 weeks. Even if you're in the hospital, it's the midwife that signs out the baby.
I like how things are more relaxed in Canada. Much less testing and fear mongering. It makes delivery seem much more natural. And the midwives have access to everything the doctors do if one has concerns. I think we're going to do a home birth this time around though anyways since it's not like I want any of the things the hospital has to offer.
I remember my brother tried to get his son into a family doctor when his son was a few months old, and they said they couldn't take him since they only took newborns. I think my brother threatened them with some sort of "age discrimination" suit. LOL! It's definitely hard to find family doctors here that take patients, (especially Quebec because they make it really hard for doctors to start a practice, I think Ontario is a bit easier). But in general the system is quite good. Especially if you really don't care to go see doctors Smile