Doctor Visits

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I found out that I was pregnant just before Halloween, and I have an Ob/Gyn but she told me to call her if I felt something was wrong. Am I supposed to go in for doctor visits on a regular basis? I haven't even seen a doctor yet. Is it ok to have a sonogram if I'm at eleven weeks?

ANSWER

Yes, it's ok to have a sonogram at 11 weeks. But why in the world are you choosing a provider who is not even seeing you? I don't get it!! I'd suggest that you interview a variety of providers before making such a huge choice, one that might affect you for the rest of your life. You wouldn't buy even a pair of shoes without trying them on to see if they fit, and most of us would try on several styles/colors before we bought anything. And that's shoes! Just my opinion, but your life and your baby's are a little more important.

--Cynthia, CNM

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.