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Proverbs169 04-24-2006 08:02 PM

Midwife or OB?
Do you see a midwife or an OB for your delivery/ deliveries?

For my first I saw an OB in a group practice. My first one retired half- way through my pregnancy, so I chose another one of them- and my DD was delivered by yet another one, who I had seen only once. We moved to another state and I got...

A new OB for DD#2. Better, but he didn't support all my choices as I would have liked and pushed induction. So onto

DD#3 and my midwife, whom I LOVE!!! She rocks and is totally supportive and wonderful. I will be with her until I move or she retires!!

jedibunni 04-24-2006 08:08 PM

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I had an OB with my first and was induced with pitossin due to "scheduling" ..... horrible experience

DD#2 was initially with another OB until I toured the hospital and the nurse actually scoffed at me when I told her I wanted to go without any drugs.....sooo, I switched to my midwives at 28 weeks (I was with them before I was prego) and totally regret leaving them to begin with! I will stay with them for (hopefully) #3

Carrie 04-24-2006 08:35 PM

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I started out with a midwives practice but had to switch to a maternal-fetal specialist when we found out it was twins. It was a completely different approach, but one I was totally comfortable with, considering the circumstances. If I ever have another baby (big if) it will be midwife all the way!

eightcowwife 04-24-2006 08:41 PM

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Had a midwife w/Hannah they wern't too nice with Ben had a ob with major personalities issues,I was dumb I didn't think I could switch. With Emma I started out with a ob then moved and had a midwife who was great, insurance changed couldn't have a mw but found the BEST ob she is sooo awesome I will use her from here on out.She let's me do what I want in labor she is awesome.

wbkt8 04-24-2006 08:50 PM

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i had a great experience with a nurse-midwife with #1. we've moved since then and i just went and checked out another CNM practice here and think they're who i'll go with next time as well. i seriously considered a licensed midwife (think that's the right term) and a homebirth option for #2 (not pg yet) but it hasn't felt like the right decision yet...we'll see what happens when i'm actually pg.


Samantha 04-24-2006 08:57 PM

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I saw OB's with #1 and #2

Going to a MW this time because I want to do things a little different. *like no internals after my water has broken*

MistyP 04-25-2006 06:35 AM

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I didn't have much options with my first 2, although if I had it to do again I probably would have had a family practice doc deliver them. I like my OB but he was very old school on a lot of things. I would have never gone to the only other OB in town.

But we have now moved. I know some WONDERFUL CNM's that deliver at the hospital where I work (L&D) but we have decided to have a homebirth. There are not any CNM's that do homebirths here so we are having a licensed midwife who has also been a nurse for 17 yrs.

GrowingUpMad 04-25-2006 07:00 AM

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I never actually looked into a Midwife. I thought they weren't covered by insurance and only delivered at home :confused: So I've always goen the ob route and have never had a bad expierence. I had my first at 16 and the docs were WONDERFUL and never once made me feel "wrong" for haing him so young. I had a TON of complications with dd and the ob was wonderful as well. She has left the practice but I still like all the other docs there so I stayed. I am now being seen by the doc that actually delivered my dd and is also my moms doc. I like that they don't push anything and leave the final decisions up to me. As for the home birth ~ NO WAY!! 2-3 days in the hospital is like a mini vacation and I don't have to clean up afterwards.

wbkt8 04-25-2006 07:06 AM

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Originally Posted by madalexsmom
I never actually looked into a Midwife. I thought they weren't covered by insurance and only delivered at home :confused:

most cnms work in practices with obs and are covered by the same insurance (usually). and actually a lot of places insurance will cover the cost of a homebirth with a midwife as well - just something to check into. that's common info on licensed midwife sites here in TX anyway.

as far as the hospital stay = mini vacation....lucky you!

my pp hospital stay wasn't horrible but it certainly wasn't restful/nice...that's actually the main thing that drove me to explore a homebirth option for the next time.

Velvetpage 04-25-2006 07:50 AM

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I had an ob with the first, and ended up with someone I didn't know delivering my baby by c-section. With this one, I'm going for a VBAC, and since my pregnancies are easy, the midwife organization accepted me. So far I've been thrilled with their care - I've seen at least three times as much of my midwives as I ever saw of my ob/gyn. We'll see what I think after the delivery. If I get my VBAC, I'll be thrilled. If I get a good attempt at it without an induction, I'll be almost as thrilled - even if I end up with a c-section.

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