Just wondering what others are choosing
This will be my 3rd midwife birth. We just moved to Iowa and midwives are very hard to come by. That and the OB care here is among the worst in the country. I will actually be driving to Minnesota to see a midwife practice. I'm hoping to do most of my appointments with a NP or PA here locally, and then do my last month and delivery in Minnesota. My first appointment is in a few weeks with my new midwife and I'm excited it's an hour and a half drive so here's hoping I don't deliver in the car! A planned Home birth is out of the question as it is almost an hour to the nearest hospital in case of an emergency.
No midwife would take me. I have had pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, PROM, and a host of other problems (hense the reason I had my tubes tied in the first place). All three of my girls are preemies, so I am sure we will have to be at a major hospital. Thankfully there is one 5 miles away.
Either. I've had great experiences with both. But, with my second son, I had a midwife. Now, while delivering his head, she tells me to give her my hands, so I do. She had me pull my son out and to my chest! It was an amazing moment! Completely changed my thought process on birth. I'm pretty sure an OB won't offer that, my first OB didnt. To me, a midwife is a medical mother. She takes care of you in a similar way a mother would, and knows what to do during delivery. It's a nice combo to have as support during pregnancy and delivery.
This time I am planning to use a midwife and deliver in hospital, like my 2nd pregnancy.
I used a midwife last time but she literally retired the day after Nigel was born. This time I am trying an OB who was recommended by several nurse friends.
DS Nigel 11/08/2008
I am switching to a new OB this time. Small practice, he works alone and does all his deliveries himself. I want that. I want a doctor who knows me and what I want and don't want during the birth. I am not one to have a 20 page birth plan or anything (my birth plan is simple: I'll do whatever it takes to avoid a c/s). But I want a doctor who knows me. And I know that is more what I'd get with a midwife but I tend to have very rough pregnancies and and prefer someone with a full medical background as opposed to someone who only knows pregnancy and birth. When you have been diagnosed with pancreatitis, gallstones and mild appendicitis all at once during a pregnancy, you tend to want a doctor not a midwife.