My husband and I have decided to use a midwife for the birth of our first baby in November.
I have had 2 appointments with them so far and so far am very happy with the decision we made.
Our biggest factor for choosing the midwife was delivery location. My family doc is an OB and I would be delivering in a very busy hospital with a less than stellar reputation. My midwife is closer to my home and delivers at the hospital we preferred, with the option of a private room etc.
Here are some of the things (in short) that I’ve enjoyed so far!
– clean, comfortable practice, doesn’t feel at all like a doctors office: comfy leather couches, a library of books and DVD’s you can take on loan, resources in the area for familys/prenatal classes etc.
– more detailed appointments with midwife vs OB. This is something I can only speculate on though, as I never went to my OB. Our appointments are at least a half hour, and each time they weigh you, check your urine for protein, measure the belly and go over anything that is coming up or previous tests. I actually have an electronic copy of their visit schedule if you want me to email it to you for a read.. just PM me:) They listen for babies heart rate, tell you about the pros/cons of early testing and allow you to make your own decisions based on what you are comfortable with
-choice of hospital… we had 2 choices. Also, choice of home birth. Rental of birth pools if interested.
– we have our primary midwife who stays with us through the entire labour – no changes in nurse shifts to worry about there 🙂 A second midwife comes in during the “pushing” stages of labour who I have also met and will continuet o get to know during this process. Should my primary MW not be available, my secondary will be there for me. Birth plan is thoroughly discussed with the midwife before the birth and they are there to advocate for you should anything happen and you are unable to communicate clearly with a nurse etc.
-doctors and nurses available in an instant at the hospital should a problem arise. I am not doing a home birth but am more than confident in my MW’s ability to deliver my baby and know when/if more assistance is required from a doctor or nurse that they will request it.
-midwife can come in during C section and stay with me during recovery so baby can go with dad and I’m not alone … DH really liked this option 🙂
-24/7 pager service in case of any complications during pregnancy *huge selling feature for me!*
– 2 visits at my home after delivery to check on mom and baby, help with nursing
– 6 weeks post natal care at the office
-ability to labour mostly at home , MW will come to my house to check me and can decide when we should go to the hospital
-they don’t push for “all natural” birth, but they certainly havea lot of experience in this and cater to it… I have already expressed my interest in an epidural and they are 100% okay wtih that.
-same testing offered throughout pregnancy as OB
– I have a binder that I bring to each appt, it has all sorts of info in it – everything about classes, to circumcision, to options about birth location, important numbers they can be reached, what to expect during pregnancy/labour and when they would transfer your care to an OB (high risk patients etc).
Just a few, but I am very happy with the decision we made, but it’s not for everyone! Go with your gut and talk with your spouse to see what is best for you!