Birth Centers? RANT.

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Birth Centers? RANT.

I wanted to check and see if anyone else is committed to, or considering, an out of hospital birth.

I'm birthing here: Alma Midwifery Center in SE Portland. I feel supported, respected and excellently taken care of when I walk in the doors. My efforts towards super healthy eating are commended. HOWEVER: My uterus is measuring really big according to the midwife, and she recommended we ultrasound ASAP to determine if I'm having multips.

I'm utilizing my Kaiser permanente insurance to cover ultrasounds/blood works while it lasts and this is INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATING. For example: my prenatal appointment yesterday at Kaiser? Phone representative "accidentally" misscheduled me with a Physician's Assistant in INTERNAL MEDICINE who immediately admitted she couldn't help me and proceeded to berate me about my choice for an out of hospital birth until I cried.

Fortunately we got our co-pay back and have a appointment with (hopefully) the correct person in a week, but I'm more than sick and tired of misscheduled appointments, lost appointments, and their OB/GYN help nurse who'd never heard of a nuchal scan. I've literally decided to start briefly stating "religious reasons" when they ask why I am choosing to birth away from Kaiser just so I can quickly end the conversation Smile

Sorry that this is so quickly degenerating into a huge ranty rant...but I guess I'm really curious to see who else is birthing out of hospital, and why they came to that decision!

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I wish I could hve an out of hospital birth for a few reasons.I dont want an iv and I want more freedom in my choices in labor.However I had great deliverys with my kids in a hospital setting so we will be going that way again.It sucks about your messed up appts though and I hope they get you where you need to be soon.

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I had 8 hospital births and one car birth LOL. One of my hospital births was truly amazing, calm and beautiful. All the other ones were... typical hospital births ( feeling rushed, "is there progress?", "why don't you want epidural?" , etc...)
I can't choose an out of hospital birth ( although it would have been a dream come true) b/c at this point my uterus needs intervention and I have hemorrhaged more than once after birth.
So I feel that it's safest for me and the baby to be close to the revolving residents ( it's been awhile since my actual doctor delivered my baby) for medical reasons, even if it's not ideal for my psyche. KWIM?

I think it's crap how you are being treated, I think stating "religious reasons" is a good idea. Just make up some bogus religion in case they ask!:D

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Thanks for the kind words, ladies! I literally wrote down in my journal that my goal for my appointment on Friday at Kaiser again is to leave my anti-Kaiser attitude behind and go in with a happy, appreciative mind!

I'm DEFINITELY not opposed to a hospital birth or more intensive/traditional if ANYTHING comes up (i.e. identical twins), but I'm happy for my options at this point.

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I think if the drs ask just tell them you will deliver at their hospital, only you are the wiser.
I have a friend who had planned a home birth (illegal in her state), things went wrong and she was rushed to the hospital. The drs tried to force the mws name from her that she was with. My thought was, why did she tell them at all? That is why I say, just don't mention it.

But that practice sounds completely annoying! I would have complained until I had an u/s that day.

If it is any consolation, the drs and mws always tell me I have a big uterus. First time I was pregnany I had some bleeding, they told me it was a vanishing twin. 2ndtime were 2 circles in my first u/s,my dr said something about at least one, I can't remember?? either way, both times I only ended up with one baby. But my uterus stayed large even after pregnancy (both times). I think I just have a large uterus, even not pregnancy related.

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I'd love a birth center. But, I hemorrhaged and also broke my son's clavicle delivering him. It's just not an option for me. I really wanted a midwife, but was referred to an ob due to my first birth. So I am settling by hiring a doula.