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April 12th, 2009, 03:45 PM
bkro9's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Hi all!

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.

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April 12th, 2009, 06:23 PM
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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.
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April 12th, 2009, 06:44 PM
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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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April 12th, 2009, 08:03 PM
sillyp's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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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, Jaidynsmum, for the beautiful siggy!

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April 13th, 2009, 01:18 AM
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Welcome! Sorry I cant help though

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April 13th, 2009, 07:57 AM
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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...
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April 13th, 2009, 08:28 AM
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LOL you are not crazy. Everyone thinks Im crazy too. Welcome!

Momma to Brynn 10/2/2002 (midwife at hospital)
Emme 5/26/2008 (midwife at freestanding birth center)
Pierce 11/28/2009 (midwife at freestanding birth center)
and Surprise Baby #4 due 11/13/2011
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