I love my new midwife!

I switched this month from an OB to a midwife, and this morning I had my first real (not a consultation) appointment with her, and I just had to share how happy I am that I made the switch .

Not only is the midwife on board with avoiding routine interventions, the whole office is so much more warm and welcoming, and this hospital follows the WHO's guidelines for a "Baby Friendly Hospital" (24-hour rooming in, no pacifiers, etc.). After we discussed that I didn't want to do an ultrasound unless there was an indication something might be wrong (b/c of limitations w/ my insurance), she even gave me a free ultrasound there in the office (not diagnostic, but just so I could see the baby).

I could go on and on, but I'll just say that having a good care provider is amazing!
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Yay! that's great.

My first pregnancy I was really not happy with the OB I was seeing, and it took a while for me to sort out my insurance and convince them that yes, by law, they would have to cover the midwifery practice, and no, the fact that I was using a midwife did not mean I was going to deliver my baby in the woods. I remember feeling that way after my first appointment too.
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I love love midwives. I saw midwives with all three of my babes, and was always at such ease and really felt I was working with them. Congradulations on finding someone you are comfortable with; it makes such a huge difference in your prenatal/birthing experience.
I wanted to add, Ina May has some good books. Ina May's Guide to Childbirth is a nice read. I've also heard that Spiritual Midwifery is a good one too.
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it took a while for me to sort out my insurance and convince them that yes, by law, they would have to cover the midwifery practice, and no, the fact that I was using a midwife did not mean I was going to deliver my baby in the woods.
Originally Posted by geeky
There are so many misconceptions about midwives.

I remember feeling that way after my first appointment too.
Originally Posted by geeky
Yes, so much more confident and peaceful.
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no, the fact that I was using a midwife did not mean I was going to deliver my baby in the woods.
How about in a hottub in a wooded backyard?
Yay, I'm so glad you like your midwife and are happy that you switched! I'll be interviewing providers soon. It's hard to find legally-practicing midwives where I live, unfortunately.

Yay, I'm so glad you like your midwife and are happy that you switched! I'll be interviewing providers soon. It's hard to find legally-practicing midwives where I live, unfortunately.
Originally Posted by iris427
I hope you're able to find someone you like! I know there are some good OB's out there too, but they seem to be hard to find.

A big part of my decision to switch also had to do with the hospitals. The hospital I would have delivered at before had no labor tubs, the nurses want patients to stay hooked up to the monitor continuously, the baby is only in your room if you ask, etc.
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Hooray for you!!

If/When there's a next time I plan on trying to find a midwife.
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this hospital follows the WHO's guidelines for a "Baby Friendly Hospital" (24-hour rooming in, no pacifiers, etc.).
Originally Posted by Brown_Eyed_Girl
My girlfriends and I habve all delivered at the same hospital and even though we didn't have midwives, our hospital followed thse guidelines as well. They also have tubs available for you to labour in.
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this hospital follows the WHO's guidelines for a "Baby Friendly Hospital" (24-hour rooming in, no pacifiers, etc.).
Originally Posted by Brown_Eyed_Girl
My girlfriends and I habve all delivered at the same hospital and even though we didn't have midwives, our hospital followed thse guidelines as well. They also have tubs available for you to labour in.
Originally Posted by curly_keltie
Yep - I had an O/B, but I also had a labour tub, baby stayed with me the whole time, breast feeding was encouraged, they were OK with natural birth, etc. etc. etc.

I think I would consider a midwife next time just because there is more contact with them as opposed to the short quick O/B visits. But my prenatal care was done by my family doctor, not my O/B, and I was pretty happy with that.

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