Yes, thanks, I do want a midwife.

15 January 2010 at 5:30 pm 1 comment

I needed a refill of my birth control pill prescription last week, but the receptionist from my care provider’s office called and said they wouldn’t give me a refill until I came in for a well-woman exam, because it had been too long since they’d checked my blood pressure, etc. Okay, fine–I’m not at all against well-woman check-ups, but I’ve been a little busy with work, life, baby, and so on. My usual CNM couldn’t fit me in for another month, though, so the receptionist asked if I’d mind having a quick check-up with another care provider in the meanwhile. I said sure, that would be okay, and she clicked around and looked things up in her computer. 

“I can put you with Dr. _____ next Tuesday,” she said.

What? I was startled. Yes, I realized there are doctors–both GPs and OBs–who offer well-woman care, but I’ve never gone to one. I told the receptionist I wanted a midwife.

“Really? You don’t want to see a doctor?”

Uh, no, thanks, I’ll wait for a midwife. Finally, after a lot of grumbling on the receptionist’s part, she managed to squeeze me in with “my” midwife after all.



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