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Prenatal Care

A friend of mine is about 8 months pregnant and hasn't had any prenatal care yet due to problems with insurance. The doctors office/ hospital wouldn't let her make an appointment until she had insurance and it took almost 5 months for her medicaid to be approved. Should she go ahead and make a doctors appointment for late term prenatal care or just skip it and go to the hospital when she is ready to deliver? She is a really healthy person and her sister who is a RN has been keeping an eye on her blood pressure, weight, and baby measurements.
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Asked by Anonymous at 7:15 PM on Feb. 3, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • I would go to the doc now that she has insurance. It won't hurt to go and then she'll have a doc for when she delivers instead of the on call doc. Also, there are ways to go to the doc without insurance but it's beyond that point.

    Answer by a_and_j_momma at 7:17 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • no honey she should go now i started late as well i started about 4 weeks because of insurence problems as well im aout 7 1/2 months now but she should go they will probably just do the tests real quick cause she should also be tested for group b strep which alot of women have but you can pass it to the baby if you arent give antibiotics during labor so its something they should know i would definatly go in still better late then never ya know

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 7:17 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • If she goes to the hospital, someone has to deliver her baby. An office might not even want to mess with an appointment so late (won't be getting 9 months of payments out of her) Although she would have to go to the weekly appointments. I would just go to the hospital when she's in real labor.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:17 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • my dr isnt getting 9 months ouotta me just a couple its no big deal

    Answer by Mrs.Owen86 at 7:19 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • She owes the hospital over $2000.00 and the hospital and doctors office who is part of the hospital group said no appointment unless she had insurance! It takes over 4 months to get medicaid approved now in the state of Michigan because the system is so overloaded.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:21 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • In california we have free clinic she should find one of those if there is anyaround. Best of luck to her! :)

    Answer by Tris_09 at 7:48 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • she should have applied for emergency medicaid. i live in cali like Tris 09..its alot easier here..i would think that she would have had an easier time getting prenatal care.

    Answer by tnteaton at 9:08 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • i live in nc and never had to wait that long with either of my pregnancies too get medical care i would have her get checked out for sure now that she has the insurance too be on the safe side also i hope she was taking prenatal vitamins

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:24 AM on Feb. 4, 2009

  • Yes, she has been taking prenatal vitamins. The Michigan welfare system as a whole is completely overloaded with new cases that they can't process fast enough. I've heard lots of stories of people having the same problem as my friend. Thanks for all the responses ladies!

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:24 AM on Feb. 4, 2009

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