Met with the Midwife

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Met with the Midwife

So we met with the midwife last week and I was surprised to learn that it's illegal in Montana for a midwife to deliver twins. Is this normal for most states? Twins do run in my family and she said if I happen to have twins she will work with me on nutrition to get to full term with them and has a couple OB's at the hospital that happily take on natural twin births. At least I have that if it comes to it.

I told her about my issues with breast feeding, I don't believe my breasts have enough tissue because when I'm engorged I can feel only 3-4 pockets of milk on my breasts. She said she'll work with me and get some aggressive herbs (something stronger than Fenugreek) to increase the amount I produce in the tissue I do have. This is such a 180 from my OB just shrugging when I broached the subject with my second pregnancy.

We'll file through my insurance and see if it covers anything. Even if they don't she charges $3500 and that's less than what I paid out of pocket for Brodie's birth so it's OK with us. What have you ladies paid for a midwife?

We're excited and have our first appointment January 4th. I have to do a food diary so hopefully that will get me on track with healthier food choices.

Cindy

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I also paid $3500 for my MW. I haven't heard of the twins issue, but I do know that most of those things are decided by the individual states so it can differ.

As for the breast tissue, have you had the same experience with both of your other children? I'm asking because I am extremely lop-sided, like an A cup on one side (less than an A when I'm not pregnant or BFing) and a small D on the other. With my DD, I had trouble producing milk on the A side and I thought the same thing about the tissue. But for whatever reason, I am not having the same problem with DS. I can feel the milk pockets like you say, but when he nurses I hear him gulping away. It may differ with each pregnancy? I don't know... But whatever the case, that's cool that she has some ideas for herbal remedies.

I can't wait to hear about your first appointment!! How exciting Biggrin

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I had the same issue with both kids. My milk comes in but I just don't produce enough to do any good. I've used a supplemental nursing system (a container of formula that has a little tube that goes over your nipple for the baby to get food while still stimulating the breast) to no avail and it's a big frustration at 3 in the morning. If I can get my body to produce enough to feed once or twice a day that would be a huge step. I'm excited to see what she recommends for me.

I guess I should at least be thankful I can have a homebirth with a singleton, it's so weird how the states differ so much.

Cindy

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the homebirth m/w here charges about that. My birth center birth would be $5,000 with a midwife.

I don't know about homebirths but I do know that my birth center won't take clients on who know they are having twins. Since I was already a patient, they would have continued caring for me if it were twins. But I *think* I would have had to deliver at the hospital, however they would attend.

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So glad the meeting went well!! I hope you have a wonderful experience with her. I have heard of the twins issue. I actually know people who've made use of unregulated midwives from NC when they run against those regs in other states where CPM's practice legally.

My midwife charges $2,300.

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After I had Ethan the LC recommended goat's rue for BF. It's supposed to increase the amount of breast tissue. Might be something to look into! Also More Milk Plus. There's a tea with the same ingredients but that's the capsules.

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So exciting that you already had your first appt! When do you find out if it is twins?? I think a home birth here is around $3000 - that's what a friend of mine was quoted. I'm delivering in a birthing center which my insurance is mostly covering - We have to pay $1000 out of pocket.

So awesome that she's going to help you with the BFing issues. Sounds like you're off to a great start!!

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The government likes to get all in our birth and take choices away from us. It is very annoying. I hope that you get the homebirth you want.

As for the herbs... taking Fenugreek with Blessed Thistle works better than Fenugreek alone. You can also take Alfalfa. (taking them all is fine) Goat's Rue is stronger, but you need to be more cautious with that one because it can cause blood sugar issues. And yes you can take them all at the same time. I have never done Goat's Rue. If you want to do medication Domperidone works really well and doesn't have the side effects of Reglan. Good luck!

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I took Goat's Rue with Lily and it didn't seem to help much but I'm willing to try it again. It sounds like there are quite a few options so it will be interesting to see what she has me do.

Sarah - I imagine I won't find out until the 20 wk ultrasound unless she hears two heartbeats. I'm sure I'm just worrying for nothing Smile

Cindy

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I have found that taking the herbs in combination works much better than alone and to be honest Blessed Thistle worked way better for me than Fenugreek. Smile