Anyone Delivering With Midwife Or At A Birthing Center

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sarah21 - January 10

Hi everybody. I am 29 1/2 weeks with my first baby, and am planning on delivering at a birthing center with a midwife. I am just curious if anyone else is planning on having a midwife assisted birth or a birthing center birth?

 

Rainbowbrite - January 10

ME! I AM!!! (raising my hand real high so you can see it!) =) I am not doing the delivery in a birthing center although i am envious you'd get to come home so soon after delivery but i am delivering with a midwife! She is so wonderful!!! she has been my regular OB doctor since i went on birth control back when i was like 16! so i feel very comfortable with her.. she is great, when i go in she hugs me and is actually excited for me instead of some doctors where it feels kind of awkward or like they don't care!

 

sarah21 - January 10

Yeah I hear ya. I tried the regular OB thing and felt like livestock getting shuffled through the system. I didn't know you were having a midwife-a__sisted birth. Or maybe I did and I forgot... darn pregnancy brain. Cool beans. I love feeling like the star of the show at my birthing center. When I lay down and the midwife feels for the baby, when she finds her she always gets this sweet voice and says "Well hi there baby." It always melts me.

 

Rainbowbrite - January 10

Yeah! I have to agree! they just make you feel more excited about your baby and not that you're there JUST FOR A CHECK UP! or a visit! it is like they are excited and RELATE to being pregnant and want us to enjoy it!

 

evae777 - January 10

Birthing Center for me! But I didnt know there was a difference than a hospital?? My OB just told me that I will be going to a birthing center & gave me the address. Are they more advanced there?

 

corbin289 - January 10

I'm having a midwife. I'm seeing the same one I had with my first two kids. She is wonderful! I have and will be delivering at a hospital though. I dont mind the stay at the hospital. I thought is was nice to have docs and nurses around all the time for the first few days at least. Plus this time it will be like a mini vacation from the house and animals :)

 

sarah21 - January 10

Evae, the birthing center I am going to is owned and run by a state-licensed midwife. She has access to pitocin to stop bleeding and a few other medical necessities, but beyond that, she is just able to support a totally natural childbirth. She does waterbirths, which is what I want to try. It is a lot different from a hospital, since they don't do fetal monitoring or IV fluids or pain medications or anything like that. I get to eat during labor and walk around and basically do whatever I want to be as comfortable as possible. They're just there to coach, give advice, and monitor in case a transfer to a hospital is necessary. Some hospitals offer a separate birthing center which is usually a lot more relaxed atmosphere than a hospital, although some hospitals have great birthing wards. Sadie, I have thought about the pros of staying at the hospital, like getting my meals brought to me and stuff! And I could definitely use a mini-vacation but my mom is going to spend a lot of time at my house. I am a bit nervous about going home and being on my own 4-7 hours after delivery though!! Yikes!

 

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