- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
My practice has OB’s and midwives. I’ve seen the midwives 3 or 4 times and the OB once. I have mixed feelings about who I prefer for my prenatal care, but I’m pretty certain that I will go with the midwives for delivery unless there are complications. I found the practice by figuring out which hospital I wanted to deliver at and researching midwife practices that deliver there. I know of a few women using this practice (they have several locations in the area) so I figured I’d try it out. So far I’ve been extremely satisfied. I guess best bet is just to ask around. We have some pregnancy boards on a local website so I asked for opinions on my practice once I was pretty certain about it.
I’m really glad that my practice has both midwives and OB’s because I’ve had spotting since about 13 weeks. I was checked out by a midwife initially and she found a cervical polyp and attributed it to that. Normally I’d be fine with that explanation but I had a previous m/c that presented as spotting and a LEEP last year which could result in cervical incompetence that could also present as spotting. When I saw the OB last week, she voiced the same concerns as me (how do I know it’s just the polyp and not something else) and scheduled me for periodic ultrasounds. I know it’s totally personal and although I do agree that pregnancy is a natural process and should be treated that way, I need extra reassurance from an OB when things are not completely normal.
ETA: My opinion is based on my experience so far in Massachusetts with CNM’s. There are midwives that are not necessarily CNM’s and may not be subject to strict standards. Also here, CNM’s are only allowed to deliver in hospitals or risk losing their licenses. Most were previously delivery nurses. I think when people talk about midwives, there is such a huge range of comes to mind.