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    Default Midwives Home Visits

    Hi all,

    Weird question,
    But as I read about birth options,
    I really hate seeing if you opt for early discharge (all going well) that Midwives WILL visit you at home, as if it isn't a choice?

    So do you HAVE to have them visit you?
    I'd rather go back to the hospital for appointments?

    I have two cockatoos (in their own very clean room), however my male gets upset by strangers (including voices) and I can just imagine the look of judgement on their faces despite it not being a normal occurance (fear screaming).

    I prefer to just not have people over.
    To me its no different to a screaming sibling or the likes,
    But I know most people (non pet people) don't tend to agree.

    And I dont know...something about it being implied it's forced rubs me the wrong way. I don't like strangers in my home, medical professional or otherwise...theyre still strangers (I have anxiety issues).

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    No you have to have them come. You can go back to hospital if so chose. You just need to tell them that you would like to do that instead. Than just stick to it.

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    It's not mandatory, but also be aware that not many hospitals will have facilities for you to be seen postnatally for a check. Your best option would be to follow up with your own GP at a time that suits you. If you do decide to go home early without midwife visits, you may miss out on support that can be provided to you by the midwives in regards to your recovery and breastfeeding (if this is how you choose to feed your baby).

    I wouldn't worry about judgement from the midwives, if that's what you're worried about. I've been in homes where they've basically been living on a mattress in the spare room off someone's garage, or homes where it's a bit like hoarders with stuff piled up everywhere and little rabbit paths through the stuff. I've been in homes that smell because of their animals (inc a snake which I'm glad I saw on my way out the door *shudder*). All I'm trying to point out is that everyone's normal is different, but as long as your baby is healthy and cared for, that's all that matters.

    You don't have to have a midwife come to your home, but make sure you have some alternatives up your sleeve for follow up. GP as mentioned above and/or early child health visits. Good luck!

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    I think its done more out of convenience for the new mum. I know when i had dd4 every now and then the midwife would ask if i would mind going in to see her rather than her doing a home visit for different reasons. But she always gave me the option to have her come to mine later if I preferred. I would just ask them, I dont see why it woulf be an issue.

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    Nope. They don't HAVE to come. I left hospital 6 hours after giving birth & only had one at home visit for my daughters heal prick test. First baby.

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    Just tell them you have your own care provider you will be seeing i.e. GP, private midwife, post natal doula, whatever.

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    I didn't leave hospital early. I wasn't even aware that I'd have a midwife just show up at my door!

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    Default Midwives Home Visits

    We had the first two at home then got a call for the third saying that they didn't have enough midwives for the next day, could we come down to ward for the visit. Our hospital have that service.
    Edit. Op I just noticed your in sa. Fmc have the in ward service.
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    When I had ny twins I had two home visits then just went to the local community health centre. This is Brisbane so maybe your area has something similar for you. We only went back to hospital once and that was only because they wanted to weigh them.


 

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