Hello Ladies. My name is Melissa and I am due with my second little girl in early August. I have been lurking on this site almost daily for a few months now, but was hesitant to post an intro due to some reservations about my docs office and my ability to birth naturally.
I was induced with DD (very long story) and was in labor for 42 hours, but I got the natural birth I wanted. However, we were living in Germany at the time b/c DH is military. We have sense moved back to the States and live in Vermont where our insurance is only accepted at one Obstetrics/Midwife practice. I really want the midwife to deliver, but there is only one in the practice and 6 obs. During your pregnancy you rotate through the docs/mw and get whoever is on call when you go in to deliver.
From other military wives I had heard some negative comments about several of the docs, but after meeting most of them and talking with them, I feel confident they will support me in my decision to birth naturally.
Some of the things that we have discussed and I am very happy about include not offering any pain meds unless I request, no IV or heplock, intermittant monitoring with freedom of movement, and laboring in position of my choosing.
I'm sorry this ended up being so long, but I am excited to join you ladies and am looking forward to another natural birth.
Welcome! That's great that you're feeling supported by your OB/MW practice!
I used to live in Vermont, up until a year ago. Where are you located?
Welcome!! I really hope that everything goes the way you want. It sounds like they really are being pretty agreeable. I have heard of people having to fight pretty hard for the things that they are willing to compromise on.
Just a thought: If you are military I am assuming you are on Tricare Prime? If so, have you considered switching to Tricare Standard? If you do, your maternity care is covered 100% whether the provider is in-network or out of network. The only co-pays you would have are if you go to the doctor for something that is not maternity related, and there is a cap of $1000 a year. So if and when you reach that amount you don't have to pay anything else out of pocket. But then you can choose whichever doctor you want. You can even have a CNM and/or deliver in a birth center if that is available in the area. Also, the baby automatically goes on Prime if your sponsor is active and you enroll in DEERS. So your Tricare Standard status will not effect any of your other family members.
I didn't do it last pregnancy and wish I had. It is so much easier than what I had been told. Basically all you do is dis-enroll in Prime and then you automatically go to standard and you can begin choosing your own providers. And I never knew that no matter what plan you are on, maternity care is covered 100%.
Ariel & John: Military Family since May 17, 2006
Sylvia: 12/18/08, Justus: 9/17/10, Bunni: 5/11/12
Hey, Melissa! Good to see you hear- congrats on the pregnancy! Lori is due the same month as you (though, as a sister of mine, is unlikely to make it to August).
That's tough that your options are so limited, but sounds like you have things under control.
Welcome and congrats on your pregnancy, Melissa! It sounds like your practice is pretty open to working with you. I hope you have a good experience with them. I also hope you can avoid induction this time. I prefer spontaneous labor to induction, in my own experiences.