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    Default Any experience with MFM/high risk drs??

    I have never been deemed "high risk" before and if my beta is good Monday I will be seeing the high risk obs at MFM. My health system is amazing (U of M in Ann Arbor, MI) and I'm expecting good things but not sure what to expect specifically. I've only seen regular obs for my first baby (17yrs ago) and for management of my 2nd tri losses...I've always seen midwives (homebirth and cnm). I'm prepared to move on from the midwifery model of care...I know I can't go that route anymore because of the medical management of my pgs but I want to know what I need to prepare for.

    I'd appreciate hearing from anyone who has experience with high risk drs...thanks!!
    Dh (39) Me (37) 8bio 1adopted, 14 angels






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    At the end of my pregnancy with both of my kids I went to a Maternal Fetal Specialist and still went to my regular ob/gyn too.
    The MFS was much more informative and more personable than the regular gyn. It was a good experience. I was high risk at the end for low fluid with Cody and gestational diabetes with Sophia.



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    My OB/GYN doesn't see triplet pregnancies, so I went to an MFM the whole pregnancy. I LOVED my main Doctor, and the one I saw the second most too. I didn't care for a couple of the Doc in the practice, but thankfully I pretty much got to see my choice most of the time. I loved my main Doc so much I went back to him for my second pregnancy too. It was not high risk, but since I had already had one high risk pregnancy I was sort of grandfathered in for future pregnancies too. I hope to go back for my third soon too

    I found them to be very knowledgeable, with top notch equipment and staff. I hope you get a good one too! Good luck!
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    I used MFM docs with my second tri loss, and they were amazing. I am also high risk, and will be using the same practice for this pregnancy. As others said above, the specialists are typically able to provide a more personal level of care. They understand the risks, concerns and outcomes and are able to spend more time explaining things. I think you will find the doctors to be great, and hopefully you will be comfortable since this is a change from your norm. KUP on your appointment - I really hope you have a great experience!
    Lily

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    I had to go to three different practices before I found an MFM doc I was comfortable with. I found a lot of them to be overly invasive and wanting to do a lot of things that weren't really supported by evidence. They seemed to have a very generalized approach rather than considering the individual needs of each patient. For example, with my twin pregnancy the 2nd MFM I went to who saw me at 15 weeks told me that I would be put on mandatory bedrest at 28 weeks and he wanted to make sure I had support lined up. Even though I had no problems or signs of problems and had had healthy prior pregnancies. He also stated that he would be recommending a c-section to my doctor at 37 weeks because he believed all multiples should be born by c-section and they were ready sooner than singletons. I never went back there. The MFM I finally found I was comfortable with felt bedrest was something only necessary if there were signs of impending labor or other issues and that he felt vaginal births were usually better unless there was an obvious reason for a c-section. My regular ob/gyn wanted to deliver early when I had preterm labor at 33 weeks, but my MFM said that it was unnecessary and felt that the longer the babies stayed in the better and he wouldn't sign off on an elective delivery prior to 39 weeks without a medical reason. I think it's important when seeing a high risk doctor that their approach is individualized and not just based on a one size fits all approach. I hope you have a great one.
    Mary Jane, doula and mom of Vada, Brynna, Tea, Moira, Kyan, Ambria, Aslan, and Anakin.
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    Thank you ladies for sharing your experiences!! There are 8 MFM drs in my group and all have a lot of experience...read through their profiles and am feeling encouraged .

    I'm wondering that too...if I'll see the MFM drs my whole pg or transfer care back to my regular dr if things progress normally. Something to ask .

    MaryJane, I'm so glad you eventually found someone you could work with and trust! I'm feeling very optimistic...with the exception of the mw I have been extremely impressed with the drs here. They all seem like they love what they do (most of them are also professors at the university) .
    Dh (39) Me (37) 8bio 1adopted, 14 angels






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