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  #1  
May 19th, 2011, 07:15 PM
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I had my consultation with a midwife today and I have officially graduated from OB to midwife!!! We are hoping to give birth at a birth center or at home. We are planning on birth center right now. It is awesome that I am now good enough to be out of an OB office!!
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May 19th, 2011, 08:08 PM
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Sooooooo jealous....... but, also happy for you!!! That's awesome.

I'm going for a natural childbirth in a hospital with an OB. Unfortunately around here there are really no other options - there aren't even any doulas. Not the best part of the country for NCB.
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May 19th, 2011, 08:53 PM
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I love my midwife!!!!! She is just as good as an OB. She is testing me so much to see why I'm miscarrying when AF arrives when I had my first appointment she was like "were gonna take care of you" I hope I can carry a baby to term and her deliver it.



Congrats on going to the midwife! Aren't they wonderful?
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May 19th, 2011, 09:29 PM
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lucky! I really wanted a midwife since I'll be trying for a VBAC but hubby is against it since we've been with my dr for so long. She's willing to do VBAC but isn't completely PRO VBAC, so I just hope it all works out!
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May 19th, 2011, 11:20 PM
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That is soooo awesome!

I had midwives for my last birth and it was the absolute best choice I could have made. If I could choose a midwife now I would!
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May 20th, 2011, 07:44 AM
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I had a midwife with my first two. I have an OB now. I have loved them all. I had an office with a midwife and OB for my first two and liked that there was an OB for those times when things didn't go right. Which happened with my first. Congrats on getting a midwife. They are much more about you and less about problems IMO.
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May 20th, 2011, 08:22 AM
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That's great. I seem to graduate in the other direction and went from an OB to a perinatologist. A birthing center sounds great. I'm so jealous.
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May 20th, 2011, 08:28 AM
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Congratulations!! I gave birth to my youngest at a hospital but with a midwife and very little interventions, not even an IV (just some monitoring here and there and a shot of some mild muscle relaxers during transition) It was such a great experience!

With this baby we are going to go the doctor route (my choice) due to my age. I thought it would be just as easy being pregnant as when I was 20 but even I have to admit I have had my struggles this far.
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May 20th, 2011, 08:46 AM
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Thanks ladies. I am so excited. I am terrified of where we move if I move to a state where home births are illegal and whatnot. I will be moving at about 28 weeks or so. But, until then, I am so happy with this place and the referrals they will give.
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May 20th, 2011, 09:39 AM
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Home births are illegal in some states?? I did not know that! I wonder why...
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May 20th, 2011, 11:10 AM
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Home births are illegal in some states?? I did not know that! I wonder why...
I have no clue but it pisses me off! I am not going to forbid DH to get a job in those states, but I will not be happy to move to one of them since I am barely starting my family.
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May 20th, 2011, 12:24 PM
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Homebirth is not illegal anywhere in the U.S. What is illegal is having a licensed provider in some states. So, you can have a homebirth, but cannot have a midwife present at the birth. Or you have an 'underground' midwife that will more or less abandon you if you need to transfer to the hospital.

It is illegal for me to have a licensed provider for home birth in many states because of my previsou c-section. Even though I have had 4 succesful VBACs, now that irks me!
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May 22nd, 2011, 09:19 PM
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Rachel, you've probably already done your research, but just in case you haven't seen this, here is some info on midwives for when you move:

(from that ever-trusted source, Wikipedia ):
In 27 states it is legal to hire a direct-entry midwife, or certified professional midwife (CPM). It is legal in all 50 states to hire a certified nurse midwive, or CNM, who are trained nurses, though this practice is rare as most CNMs work in hospitals. Some CPMs continue to attend mothers in the 23 states where it is illegal, and can be arrested and prosecuted, while efforts are underway to change the law.

List of the legal status of direct entry midwives by state:
Direct-Entry Midwifery State-by-State Legal Status

Midwife types:
A direct-entry midwife is educated in the discipline of midwifery in a program or path that does not require prior education as a nurse. Direct-entry midwives learn midwifery through self-study, apprenticeship, a private midwifery school, or a college- or university-based program distinct from the discipline of nursing. A direct-entry midwife is trained to provide the Midwives Model of Care to healthy women and newborns throughout the childbearing cycle primarily in out-of-hospital settings.

Under the umbrella of "direct-entry midwife" are several types of midwives:

A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is a knowledgeable, skilled and professional independent midwifery practitioner who has met the standards for certification set by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and is qualified to provide the midwives model of care. The CPM is the only US credential that requires knowledge about and experience in out-of-hospital settings. At present, there are approximately 900 CPMs practicing in the US.

A Licensed Midwife is a midwife who is licensed to practice in a particular state. Currently, licensure for direct-entry midwives is available in 24 states.

The term "Lay Midwife" has been used to designate an uncertified or unlicensed midwife who was educated through informal routes such as self-study or apprenticeship rather than through a formal program. This term does not necessarily mean a low level of education, just that the midwife either chose not to become certified or licensed, or there was no certification available for her type of education (as was the fact before the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) credential was available).

The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) also provides accreditation to non-nurse midwife programs, as well as colleges that graduate nurse-midwives. This credential, called the Certified Midwife, is currently recognized in only three states (New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island). All CMs must pass the same certifying exam administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board for CNMs.

The North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) is a certification agency whose mission is to establish and administer certification for the credential "Certified Professional Midwife" (CPM). The CPM certification process validates entry-level knowledge, skills, and experience vital to responsible midwifery practice. This certification process encompasses multiple educational routes of entry including apprenticeship, self-study, private midwifery schools, college- and university-based midwifery programs, and nurse-midwifery. Created in 1987 by the Midwives' Alliance of North America (MANA), NARM is committed to identifying standards and practices that reflect the excellence and diversity of the independent midwifery community in order to set the standard for North American midwifery.
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May 22nd, 2011, 09:24 PM
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I saw in another post that one of the places that you might be moving is Texas, and if that's the case you will probably be good there if you are in an urban area. They allow direct-entry midwives to become licensed and attend out-of-hospital births.

Florida, where I live, has similar laws. The midwives in my group all have 3 years of formal midwifery training (there is a midwifery school here in my city) and are certified by NARM (CPMs) and licensed in Florida (LM). One of my friends is a CNM, and she had many less required births to get her CNM license than my midwives did to get their LM licenses.
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