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October 30th, 2009, 11:59 AM
Twinkle's Avatar Platinum Super Mommy
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Are in your area that do homebirths? Did you feel like you had a good group to make a selection from? How many did you talk to or interview before you picked your care providers?

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October 30th, 2009, 12:46 PM
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We have around 5 I believe. I went with a friend to her appointment and connected really well with the midwife so I stuck with her. I did interview one other but the connection just wasn't there.
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October 30th, 2009, 03:56 PM
CameraLinds's Avatar Zane & Jude's mama
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We picked the only group we interviewed, cause we fell in love!
But in our area there are about 14 midwives. (I believe there are about 8 groups)

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October 30th, 2009, 05:10 PM
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I only know of 2. I found my midwife by an online search.

I only know of the other one because she was at my birth and saw me when I was bleeding. My midwife covers a large area of where I live. She travels as far as an hour and a half.
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October 30th, 2009, 06:45 PM
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TONS. At least 20 homebirth midwives (all of them are lay or certified, with only two CNMs). And those are just the really well known ones. More are apprenticing all the time and many are lesser known. There are of course CNMs in a few of the hospitals.

I heavily researched all of the midwives in my area before narrowing it down to two to interview. One was a crazy hippie, "I don't carry pit, I have herbs for hemorrhage" type that had us running for the door. Someone described her as "woo-tastic." The other was perfect for us. It's like a midwifery love affair. She is one of my favorite people.

The ONLY good thing that comes from having such a horrible, hostile birth climate here is that the midwifery community is just thriving.

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October 30th, 2009, 08:41 PM
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There are tons here in the Bay Area. I picked the first group I interviewed because I just had a major connection with the 2 of them.

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October 30th, 2009, 10:11 PM
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I'm not 100% sure, but there are a lot. Here's the thing though, there are very few solo practice ones and I was looking for a solo practitioner specifically (I wanted to know exactly who would be at my birth and see the same person every time).

I picked the first midwife I interviewed too. She's solo, her practice is up the street, she does home visits and I like her personality. I feel lucky.
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November 1st, 2009, 02:12 PM
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I really have no idea. There are tons of them throughout the DFW area. I'm using the same midwife that I used last time (last birth was at her birth center) so I didn't really interview any other homebirth midwives.

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