(Closed) Midwife, OB, or other?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Who's attending/attended your birth?
    Nurse midwife : (14 votes)
    26 %
    Lay midwife : (0 votes)
    OB : (32 votes)
    59 %
    Doula : (0 votes)
    Combo of the above : (6 votes)
    11 %
    No health professionals : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Other : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I chose an OB b/c she was my GYN prior to becoming pregnant.  I did consider switching to a practice that had both OBs and Midwives. However, due to their new patient policy being a pain in my butt, I opted to stay with my doctor.  I am VERY happy with my choice.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I originally wanted to go with a midwifery practice, but the practice in my area only had one midwife that participated with my insurance plan. Now that I am further along (11 weeks tomorrow), I’m realizing an OB is the right choice for me primarily because I am a HUGE worrier and have gotten early ultrasounds, lots of appointments and check ups, etc. all to help ease my mind. I know this would not be the case with a midwife/midwifery practice. I’m still a little sad about not having a midwife though! That said, my current practice seems fairly open minded re: my wishes for my birth plan and natural birth in general.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I voted ‘combo’. I see an OB who is very respectful of my natural pregnancy/birth choices, and I have a doula for additional support, especially at labor and delivery. While I would have liked to have given birth in a birthing center with a midwife, or even at home, we live too far away from the nearest hospital with an L&D department. So i’ll get a little of both this way ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 6
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2011

    My OB/GYN office has 3 OB’s and 6 Midwives. I rotate between all of them. I really love the idea of a midwife. They tend to be a little more lenient when it comes to labor. Since this is my frist I’m choosing to deliver in a hospital but the more and more I research the more I want to give birth in a birthing center. The only turn off is not having the option for an epidural. Other than that everything else from birthing positions to eating while in labor really appeal to me. I just remember how painful menstral cramps could be and sometimes it helps to get on all fours or get in a tub.

    Seeing as i’m 9 weeks from my due date and have a hospital tour scheduled I don’t believe I will be switching but for future babies I will definitly do more research and look into a birthing center/midwife. The one thing I do love about our hospital is that we have birthing suites so its comfortable, quiet and reserved for just me, my husband and our baby.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I don’t know how to vote as I’m in Canada and under the care of a midwife, but our midwives are certified differently, so we don’t have “nurse midwives” and “lay midwives.” All midwives in my provices are regulating and required to have a four-year degree in midwifery.

    We were planning to hire a doula as well, but had a change of heart over the last few days.

    Post # 8
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    887 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @hergreenapples:  I’m curious as to why you changed your mind about a doula? I’m in Canada as well, under the care of a midwife (have my first appointment on Thursday). I am considering getting a doula as well since I’m not sure how helpful my husband will be during labour, he seems very anxious about it. 

    Post # 9
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @hergreenapples:  Here you can be a midwife (as in, taken classes to become certified), or a nurse midwife, where you are a nurse AND a certified midwife.

    I chose combo, and I’m going with an OB and CNM (certified nurse midwife). One of my BMs has a sister who’s a CNM and has had five children of her own.

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    I have had a family practice doctor that does OB for my 2 DDs, and he will deliver #3 as well. He sees all of (the kids, my husband, and myself) so we know him really well. I think it is really important to find a provider that matches what you are looking for healthcare wise, I am pretty conservative when it comes to interventions and such and so is he. I like how his practice works too, there is no on call doctor unless they are out on vacation. They deliver their own patients.

    If something comes up that he thinks we need to see a specialist for, there is absolutely no hesitation to refer out.

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @vorpalette:  that’s interesting that you can go with both! In Ontario (where the province pays for most of our healthcare), our insurance pays for either a CNM or an OB but not both, as it only covers one primary care practitioner. As far as I know all midwives here are also nurses. Where do you live and what kind of insurance do you have that you can get both? Are you paying out of pocket for both? Doesn’t it seem like overkill? I’m just curious.

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We saw a Certified Nurse Midwife and a Certified Nurse Practioner at a satellite clinic for the big regional hospital for our prenatal care, but neither have delivery privileges at the hospital, so the OB on call at the hospital delivered DS. There were OBs at our clinic as well, and if our pregnancy had been higher risk our care would have been transferred to one of them, but unless we had a planned induction the delivering OB would have still just been whoever was on call. 

    Sort of a weird set-up, but it worked out well for us. I got all my prenatal care from the CNM and CNP that we liked and trusted, and we ended up liking the OB who delivered as well.

    Post # 13
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I had an OB for both my prenatal care and delivery; he was very supportive of me wanting a natural birth.

    I’m a bit curious and surprised that someone voted “no healthcare professionals”. I wonder if it was planned, or was it one of those “had the baby on the side of the road on the way to the hospital” types of situations?

    Post # 14
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    887 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @abbyful:  “Extreme birthing”?(!)  (I’m curious too)

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    @araneidae:  Darling Husband just wasn’t comfortable with the language the prospective doula used to describe what her role would be vs. his role. And I had a strange, niggling feeling that maybe she wasn’t the right person for us – but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. We also aren’t sure if, for us, the $850 might be better spent on something else.

    We haven’t 100% ruled out a doula, but after much discussion about it this past weekend, I now realize how very much Darling Husband wants to be involved, and so I’m starting to think that between the two of us and my midwife we may already have a great team without needing to add anyone else to it ๐Ÿ™‚

    ETA: Midwives in Ontario are not nurses. They are certified as midwives and have to complete a four-year degree in midwifery. They do not have nursing degrees (although I have heard of some nurses becoming midwives – this is not a requirement). You can read more about how one becomes a midwife in Ontario here: http://www.ontariomidwives.ca/midwife/become

     

    Post # 16
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    OB for the prenatal care and will likely have OB for the birth. I’ve been going to the public health clinic in town for the prenatal care and planning on a standard hospital birth.

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