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?
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. :P I stayed 2 nights after my c-section and that was MORE than enough even in my awesome private birthing suite.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
I'm totally stalking you...hope your appt goes well.
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