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First GP appointment after confirmed pregnancy
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Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:44 PM
Last week, my GP called me to say that my blood test confirmed the pee-on-a-stick-test. We're so excited! This is our first baby and we're thrilled, if not a little surprised that it happened without really trying. The plan was to get married in late August and start trying on our honeymoon. Whoops! We're a couple of months ahead of schedule
The Dr told me to come in some time this week. What will be done at this appointment? Both my partner and I went in for blood tests a couple of months ago. Will I get my blood retested? I want a birth at the King Edward birthing centre, will he refer me straightaway to the midwives there for prenatal care, or will he do the bulk of my care?
I'm not too sure what happens from here.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 02:53 PM
Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I had a surprise BFP earlier this year, and am due in october - it's an exciting ride! On my first appointment, I got a referral for a dating scan, and was told to call the hospital, do a tour, and 'book in'. I don't think I did blood tests that early, except one to confirm that I was pregnant. I have definitely done plenty since though!
It's entirely your choice as to whether you do shared care, which is care divided between the GP and the midwives/hospital (I am doing this) or you can go with 100% of your care through the birthing centre. It's up to you. There are positives and negatives of both - with shared care you get the continuity of care with your GP both before and after the birth. With midwife care, you probably get to meet all of the midwives throughout all of your appointments, and so it's more likely that you will already know them all by the birth.
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