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January 23rd, 2012, 05:16 AM
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Which have you decided, and why?


I absolutely love my Ob so there will be no change for me. For my first daughter I had a midwife and loved her to piece's. My current Ob specializes in high risk pregnancies, and already know's what is necessary for me to go full term.
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January 23rd, 2012, 05:21 AM
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Midwives run the public hospitals here, so in public you are delivered by midwives. You get an OB if you go private or you have extreme complications/c sec. I'm going with a public hospital, so completely midwifery lead care.
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January 23rd, 2012, 05:50 AM
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I just found out my doctor retired But being that it's my first, I will go with an OB. Definitely interested in midwifes for the future though
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January 23rd, 2012, 08:58 PM
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I'm very attached to my ob... so I'll be calling her in a month or so. People around here (WV) don't typically use midwives. I don't personally know anyone who has been delivered by one.
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January 23rd, 2012, 09:17 PM
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To be honest...and this is embarrassing...I don't know the difference

I'm a British expat (moved here from London in Feb 2011 to be with DH) so still learning how the American healthcare system works. Don't want to derail the thread & am sure I'll learn by myself at some point but could anyone offer a brief explanation of the differences? TIA
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January 23rd, 2012, 09:41 PM
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don't be embarrassed! I think the simple answer is an ob is an medical doctor who always delivers in a hospital. Midwives do a lot of home or birth center births.... they're more for natural delivery.
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January 23rd, 2012, 10:19 PM
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Thanks Hmm...I'm torn because I would love a natural birth (preferably water) but as it's my first I'd also like the 'safety' of a hospital & OB on hand. I guess I'll be deciding when I'm further along
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January 24th, 2012, 10:39 AM
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Midwife all the way! I hope I have the same one I had for my second DD. Both girls were born at home. The second one in water. I loved my births and hope to do the same with this one.
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January 24th, 2012, 10:42 AM
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Midwife all the way! I hope I have the same one I had for my second DD. Both girls were born at home. The second one in water. I loved my births and hope to do the same with this one.
I have always been interested in having a water birth, but to be honest I can't go through another labor medicine free! Our Birthing center does offer them though.
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January 24th, 2012, 10:45 AM
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Even if you don't have a water birth it's still nice to just be in the tub. It really helps make the discomfort more manageable. My water birth was SO much easier and less painful even though she was 2 lbs bigger (10lbs 1oz). I also healed a lot faster-no stitches.
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January 24th, 2012, 01:22 PM
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I will use an OB. I love mine! I have used the same one for the past 12 years, so I plan on keeping him for awhile.
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January 24th, 2012, 01:37 PM
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Ob for us! We've had some complications with bp in the past....so a midwife is otu of the question for us
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January 24th, 2012, 02:57 PM
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I'd love to have a midwife; however, the closest one is several hours away, so that's not going to happen.
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January 24th, 2012, 06:39 PM
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I admire you home birth girls! I've had some issues with my past pregnancies and it's just not an option for me. I think it would be so wonderful!
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January 25th, 2012, 09:35 AM
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Definitely a midwife. I had a natural birth in a birth center with a midwife for my last birth and I'm hoping to repeat the experience! I completely understand that some people feel safer with OBs in hospitals and that is great, I think people should always have the birth they want to have. But, if a midwife or birth center is something you would consider, I would definitely encourage you! I had a beautiful birth experience; it was not scary at all and I received great care. It was also nice to be able to go home and sleep in my own bed the same day. Our birth center was not attached to a hospital, but they were within a block of one where you could transfer if complications arose.

Some midwives/birth centers are actually located IN hospitals now, so that might be an option for those of you who would want the safety of available OBs/hospital care but want to try for a more natural birth. Just throwing it out there
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