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I am not even prego yet but I'm so into the natural childbirth w/midwife thing that I'm asking questions! Living in NYC there's an option to go to St. Luke's birthing center which is attached to a hospital (which pleases hubby). Questions...how did you find your midwife? Does your midwife replace your doctor in full? All the appts, etc? Has anyone birthed in a center attached to a hospital?
I am so pro-natural birth and the ability to move and control your own birthing process! Any help would be great.
Although you're not pregnant yet, it's never too early to start informing yourself!
With my DD, I went to a freestanding birth center that was all midwives, so yes, I saw only them... no doctors. And I found them through their website and then it was a bonus that they were covered by my insurance.
I am currently at a free standing birth center with a bunch of midwives, no OBs. My prenatal care is top notch and they spend so much time with me on every visit. I really enjoy the care. What I did not know prior to getting pregnant and going to the birth center, is that they also do well woman care/routine gyno care, and I plan on staying with them post baby for all my routine gyno care. I wish I knew before!
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I found my midwives by way of recommendation of a doula and could not have been more pleased throughout my entire pregnancy. The appointment were so much more in depth and I really got to know them - something I never experienced with an OB in the past with my first 2 children. They delivered in a hospital that was very NCB friendly. My experience at the hospital was also better than I had hoped. DH and I very very happy all around. My midwives actually practice "under" an OB (most in GA do) so my care was covered by my insurance (once I met my deductible) 100%.
Good luck! It's never too early to start educating yourself and planning for one of the biggest moments of your life!
Thanks ladies. Being certified in prenatal yoga and having done LOTS of research on the birthing process and the crisis of our hospitals this day and age I am VERY passionate about NCB. I don't want to get sucked into the whole OB thing early on! I appreciate your imput. of course everyone else I know thinks I'm crazy...but they don't know what I've learned...