I see a group of mw's who run a birthing center... pretty common mw setup i think. They are "Supervised" by an OB, but as long as I stay low risk I'll probably never meet him:) The B C is only a 2 min ride from the hosp. I'm going for a natural delivery there and it doesn't scare me bc I know I can get to the hosp faster than they can prep an OR if there is an emergency and I think knowing that I cannot get an epi w/o having to ride down to the hosp and check in will really help me during my weak moments. my mw's also offer a hosp birth option with the mw attending the birth, but i chose the bc.
You'll have to check with your ins to see what they cover, but if you want to switch, the sooner the better. My ins does cover 80% for the whole thing (unfortunatly I also have a 2 grand deducible to meet!). and they do have onsite lab services and US services, plus they are a great source for well woman care with a more personal touch.
I see different mw's along the way, but I've loved them all so far:) and I won't get stuck with a total stranger like i might if my reg OB wasn't on call for delivery day. As far as offending your doc... you might ask him if he has any mw's who work under him. Then you'd still technically be his patient, but keep in mind what kind of environment you want for delivery.
If you are in a hosp, even with a mw attending, there are different rules about when you can and cant get in a tub or shower, how long you'll be allowed to labor natuarlly, what you have to be hooked up to.. all that can be restricting, but alot of women feel safer there, I personally feel safer where I feel like I get to make more of my own decisions. It's all about what you want and what makes you comfortable. You have to get past offending anyone and get that momma bear attitude that gets you what you and your baby need:)View Thread
I'm 13w5d... barely into the second tri... hypnobirthing is supposed to work best when you have months to practice it so it's good you are looking into it early:) The hypnobabies web site flat out says do not order this course if you are past 7mo. It will not work that fast. I'm gonna plan to start by 5mo so i have time to let it all sink in and become second nature. I can't believe you made it through the pit w no epi! strong woman! I bet it'll be a breeze for you with hypnosis;)View Thread
haven't done it, but it's my plan for this baby. I'm going to do the hypnobabies course bc you can do it at home and it also got better reviews when I read up on the two programs. How far along are you?View Thread
Awww... thanks If you feel safe in the hosp then that's where you need to be. That's the important thing, feeling safe and like you are being listened to.
That stinks about your hubby. We went through something similar when I was pg last summer and my hubby had been laid off. It just doesn't seem fair but the economy stinks and you do what you can.
We are going to try for a water birth, but at the center they encourage you to do whatever feels right so I'm open to birthing stools, slings, the tub, whatever works... but I do think the water is my best bet bc I also find it very soothing.
I think you are a very strong woman to go for all natural in a hosp. I honestly don't think I could do it with ppl there who could get me drugs so quickly. One of the reasons I'm going with the center is to give myself a little distance and time btn me and the needle when the going gets rough. All I have to do is keep putting it off one contraction at a time, right? View Thread
the book is called "Your Best Birth" I really enjoyed it, but I think if I were using a hospital it might have made me anxious because along with the atta girl stories are a few tales of women who had their water broken as they screamed for the dr to stop, or were forced into bed while the baby was crowning cause the dr wanted them in the stirrups instead of a squat and what not. It would def be empowering to you bc that's what feeling well informed does, but I wouldn't want it to worry you.
I'm hoping to deliver... barring anything crazy... at a local birth center. I love the women there and they helped me so much through my loss. Plus they are only 2 min from the hosp... I can literally get there faster than they can prep an OR:)
I am considering looking into the Hypnobabies home study course... supposedly its better than the hypnobirthing courses plus you do it on your own. Its a little involved (you have to start at least by 7 mo. and you practice a little every day) but it basically helps you train your mind to re-associate the pain of labor to pressure surges and progress. the idea is that when you get rid of the fear, the part of the pain that was in your head or caused by you inadvertently fighting your labor will be far less or gone completely. its a whole mind-body thing and also is very centered on your relationship with your partner/coach They actually have to be willing to practice with you quite a bit, so it gets them involved way before go time!.View Thread
Hey girl! We're on pg after loss together! this is fantastic! I was hoping to run into a few more like minded ladies:) this is my first also. I'm toying with the idea of checking out hypnobabies.View Thread
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