(Closed) Tell me about your delivery arrangement

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
5095 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Although I haven’t yet delivered, I’m having a midwife-attended birth in a hospital. For me it’s the perfect combination of safety with holistic, less-medicalized care (unless needed); if I *need* a c-section or other intervention I’m already in the hospital, but because I’m under a midwife’s care, I’m less likely to get unnecessary interventions.

It helps that the midwife practice is a long-established one with a great reputation; my understanding is that at this hospital, OBs and midwives see themselves as being on the same team, rather than competitors. I have a number of friends who have delivered with the midwives at this hospital and I’ve heard nothing but great things.

Post # 4
498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

candy11:  I went with a doctor in the hospital, and I’m very glad I did. My delivery went fantastically, even pushed her out sunny-side up without assistance. However, I hemorrhaged severly afterwards and needed a lot of medical intervention.

Post # 6
3008 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

candy11:  I had all my care at a birthing center with midwives. Both my husband and I loved it and felt completely comfortable. I labored at the birth center for 90% of it but we transfered to the hospital when my labor had stalled for several hours (the midwife definitely erred on the side of caution, in hindsight we could’ve remained at the birth center). My son was born a little over an hour later with no medical intervention. When we have a second baby we will definitely go birth center again!

Post # 7
1114 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

candy11:  If I had the option to go with a midwife, I would have, but unfortunately where I live there are no midwives. I still would give birth in a hospital (as I plan to!) and I would also still hire a doula. My friend who is ha I g her second with a Midwife (same midwife she had for her first) said that even with a midwife attended birth she feels more comfortable in a hospital because there is medical intervention on hand in case it’s needed. So that’s two of us, with two different health care providers 🙂 much love to you in your pregnancy!!

Post # 10
497 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am opting for a midwife-run birthing center (ours is attached to the hospital).  While I am glad I have a choice I don’t want to get attached because they don’t have so many rooms so there is a chance I will get sent to the hospital anyway.  I am actually not sure who would deliver if I get sent to the hospital, as there would likely be less midwives available if the birthing center was full.

Post # 11
4133 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

candy11:  I missed that you are pregnant! Congratulations!!!! I love to see charter friends get their BFP’s 🙂

my Dear Daughter is almost a year old and I delivered in a hospital with an OB. I always knew an epidural was for me and I wanted the safety net of being in a hospital if anything were to happen. As Dear Daughter arrived, 25 days early and was technically a preemie, I was very happy to have a NICU and doctors there (which thankfully we never needed as Dear Daughter was fine)

Post # 12
701 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

A midwife saw me throughout my pregnancy but she doesn’t deliver anymore so I had an ob at the hospita.

Post # 13
2554 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I went with a midwife and delivered in the hospital and it went great. My midwife was awesome but I had everything at hand in case anything went wrong. Home births make me so uncomfortable. To each their own of course, but I wouldn’t want to take the risk of having harm come to my baby or me.

Post # 14
1387 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Darling Husband and I won’t be TCC for a couple of years, but we are in the process of making plans of how we want delivery to be. We like to know our options and have criteria to come back to when the time comes. We know plans change, but we want to know what we can and cannot do first. 

We are comfortable paying for a certified nursing midwife from out of our own pocket. There are two highly praised and well reviewed birthing centers in my area. I am not interested in a home birth, but both highly praised birth centers in my area have state of the art facilities with an OB on call if complications arise.

Through my insurance, it was to use a hospital in another city, they have certified nursing midwives on staff with the hospital. No need for an OB. Their midwives also have their own clinic, separate form the hospital and I would go there for all my appointments. Both the center and this hospital do water births, natural births, etc. 

I’ve had a friend who has done two water home births and loved it. First daughter was born in the hospital with an OB. 


Post # 15
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I decided to go with a CNM whose practice was half CNMs/half OBs. I was low-risk but wanted to give birth in a hospital and have an epidural. (I strongly believe that a hospital is the safest place to give birth; the epidural was personal preference.) I saw the CNM for all my prenatal care. She was on vacation the day I went into labor, so my labor was managed by the CNM on duty until it was determined I needed a cesarean, so an OB delivered my baby by c-section.

We are TTC for #2 now, and I haven’t decided if I want to try to a VBAC or have an elective C, but either way, I will probably have the same CNM for my prenatal care and then an OB from the same clinic will deliver my baby.

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