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December 22nd, 2008, 07:11 PM
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Hi All,

I was hoping that you guys could help me out. I've just moved from Australia to the US (South East Massachusetts) and this morning I found out I'm pregnant. So of course I"VE spent all day planning the pregnany labour etc. But I've come up with a few questions. I am very much into the natural birth concept and my DD was born via natural birth back in Oz. In Australia it wasn't too hard to get a natural birth I was able to book into my local hospitals mifwife clinic and after an inital consult with the OB was able to see midwives for my entire pregnancy.

Now however I'm trying to figure out how to do something similar in the US.

Question 1: is this possible? If so where do I start?
I don't have an OB here in the US and would be happy not to get one at all but is is possible?
Am I able to go through the family practitioner that I have?
are there any midwife clinics operating in Massachusetts?

so may questions. Can you guys please help getting me on the right track.

Thanks

Jenny

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December 22nd, 2008, 07:20 PM
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I posted a message in the DDC as well, but I will reply here as well!

You can most definitely use a midwife or group of midwives instead of an OB. There are some girls here in the Massachusetts area that could probably help you out more with where specific birth centers are located.

Some family practitioners do provide prenatal services, but it's not very common. You could check with your physician and see if it's an option.

We will be happy to help you in any way we can!
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December 22nd, 2008, 07:50 PM
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I would definitely recommend just going with a midwife. most have OB backups in case of problems, but are generally able to handle all of your prenatal, delivery, and post-partum care.

here's a couple websites:
http://massachusettsmidwives.net/
http://www.nursemidwivesinmass.org/complete.html (looks like you have a lot to choose from )
http://www.mfom.org/

Good luck, and CONGRATS!
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December 22nd, 2008, 08:24 PM
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Here are some sites that might be able to help you find a midwife in your area.

http://www.midwife.org/find.cfm
http://www.midwiferycollege.org/AboutUs.htm

One word of caution, make sure you interview them! I don't know what it's like in Australia but there are many midwives here who are very OB like. I had one with my last that behaved exactly like a doctor once I went into labor. Those associated with birth centers or home births would probably be your best bet.

GL!! and congratulations on your pregnancy!
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December 23rd, 2008, 07:04 AM
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Welcome!

I had a midwife that worked for an OB with my first DD and she was born with an induction/epidural/episiotomy/etc.

This time I had a midwife from a "real" birthing center (not attached to a hospital) and I had a wonderful drug free nautral childbirth.

You can still have a natural childbirth in the hospital I was just trying to show you the difference in the midwives because IMO one of them isnt really a midwife at all.

Ill be looking forward to seeing you around.
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December 23rd, 2008, 07:38 AM
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hi, welcome! I'm Cheryl, co-host here. Where are you located exactly? I live in Raynham, which is next to Taunton. I'm new to the area, we just moved here in July, so I don't have any birth info really. I'm training to be a Doula though! I just don't have any contacts yet as I'm still new in training.

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December 23rd, 2008, 10:56 AM
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Welcome Jenny! And congrats on your pregnancy. You can totally have a natural birth here. You just need to surround yourself with the right birth team. And you MUST stay here with us. If you don't get much support in real life for NCB, you'll get tons of it here! It's kind of our collective passion.
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December 23rd, 2008, 04:23 PM
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Welcome and congrats on your pregnancy!!
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December 23rd, 2008, 07:29 PM
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Hi, thats for all your messages, I'll definitely check out those wesite, but thats definitely put my mind at ease a bit. I think I'll just have to find the local birthing centre if there is one.

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hi, welcome! I'm Cheryl, co-host here. Where are you located exactly? I live in Raynham, which is next to Taunton. I'm new to the area, we just moved here in July, so I don't have any birth info really. I'm training to be a Doula though! I just don't have any contacts yet as I'm still new in training.[/b]
We're in Millis, so in the same general vicinity just a bit further north west.


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