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Has anyone given birth with CNMs at Hutzel recently?

post #1 of 8
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Hello,

I am new here, I am expecting my first child in November. I was wondering if anybody here has recently given birth (or knows of anyone who has recently given birth) naturally with the CNMs at Hutzel? I signed up with a midwife through University Women's Health. She seemed great but she is leaving the practice so I'm scheduled to meet with a new midwife next appt.

I'm a bit nervous about giving birth in a hospital even though it will be attended by midwives because I got the sense in my first appointments with the original midwife that they will advocate for you but that you're really in a "medical" environment, where the norm is to hook women up to IVs and do the constant fetal monitoring. Also, from what I understand the midwives at Hutzel who would attend the actual birth are different from the ones I've been talking to at Univ. Women's Health, so I won't know them.

Also, I read in the forums here that water births are an option there but when I asked my midwife about it at our first appointment I'm pretty sure she said those aren't possible. Maybe they used to be possible, and now they're not? Or maybe I'm remembering wrong? Has anyone had a water birth at Hutzel?

I'd be up for looking into a HB but I have HAP HMO and I doubt it would be covered. Plus the one person I know of who gave birth at Hutzel a couple of years ago (with the midwife who's now leaving the practice) had a great experience. I live in Detroit, and Hutzel is literally a 3 minute drive from my house, so it couldn't really be more convenient. I've heard about a birthing center attached to a hospital in Southfield and also another birthing center in Taylor, but I figure if Hutzel is actually (still) a good place to deliver I might as well stick with it.

So I'm just wondering if anyone has direct experience with NCB at Hutzel (either with or without midwives)? Are the doctors and/or nurses pushy about medication/induction/c-sections? Do they give you a time limit? Are there doulas that work there, or is it ok to bring one? I'll ask my new midwife all these questions, but I thought I'd check here too just in case there are some firsthand experiences. I just would like to be able to relax and think that if I want to go for a natural birth I can be supported, even if it takes me 14 hours or whatever.

Ok, thanks!
post #2 of 8
First, WELCOME to MDC!

I know one woman who was planning to birth at Hutzel with the midwives, but because of a twist of fate, ended up changing to a home birth. It wasn't anything to do with the midwives, though.

Sorry, I know that that's not much help, is it? I WAS going to doula for her there, though.
post #3 of 8
I was just an unofficial doula (support as an experienced friend) for a friend who had her first baby Wednesday night at Hutzel. She was strep b positive so she headed to the hospital as soon as her water broke at 3:30am Wed. morning. She labored naturally until around 5pm. Even though they needed to give her antibiotics for the strep, they let her not be monitored unless she asked for it (which she did for timing contractions), and just checked baby every little bit to make sure she was fine. They let her shower (she took two), and they were REALLY good. I told them it was the best experience I've ever had in a hospital and I'd definitely recommend them.

They do have I think it is 3-5 rooms that a tub hooks up into. Unfortunately they were all taken when my friend got there so she didn't have it available. So I guess it is hit & miss with that. They do allow water births, but don't really advertise it cuz it's not really what they want to deal with a lot. The midwives were great.

I had 2 birth center births & am planning this next one to be a home birth. I don't think I could ever birth in a hospital cuz it would be a constant battle (lol) no matter how great they are, so recommending a hospital is a big deal for me.

She ended up not progressing very quickly and even though she probably would have, she was exhausted from labor & pushing (she pushed too early...oops!) so she opted for the epidural, which I believe she needed at the time. When she asked for Nubain earlier, though, the midwife actually told her it wouldn't do anything & didn't give it to her! I was impressed she didn't just give in. Then after 3-4 hours on the epidural she was dilated & pushing, and it wasn't effective so without her knowing the epi ran out and she ended up pushing the last hour without drugs. So out of an 18 1/2 hour labor, she labored/pushed for 14-15 of it naturally. They were REALLY supportive of it and the student nurses were excited to see it.

They seemed to respect her wishes, be supportive, and make decisions based on what was best for her at the time. I highly recommend it. PM me if you have more questions, as I don't check MDC that much. Hope this helped!
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

thanks!

Thanks for these replies, they're really helpful! It's especially good to hear from momsofsamandaddi that they were really supportive just last Wednesday. It sounds like out of all the hospitals in the area Hutzel-with-midwives is a pretty good bet. I'll see if I can meet the midwives there and/or take a tour sometime over the next few months. Thanks so much for sharing this info!
post #5 of 8
I met with Shawn Miodek (Is that who is leaving?) in April and she said that they really try to get the clients who want waterbirths into the rooms with the tubs. She said that they loved having people seek them out who wanted natural births.
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I met with Shawn Miodek (Is that who is leaving?) in April and she said that they really try to get the clients who want waterbirths into the rooms with the tubs. She said that they loved having people seek them out who wanted natural births.
Oh great! About the waterbirths. I'll ask about them when I meet with the new midwife. The person who's leaving University Women's Health is Debbie Wagner, that's who I had been meeting with. I'm going to be talking to Mary Lewis next.
post #7 of 8
i have no ideas for your question but i was just surprised to see midwives at hutzel i was born there in 1977 and my mom had a lucky easy first birth. i know one woman who used midwives at u of m and had two unwanted c sections though good luck to you
post #8 of 8
I attended a waterbirth at hutzel a few years ago. The midwives almost missed the birth and I almost had to catch the baby! It was a precipitous labor and everything went well. I gave birth at Hutzel to my first child, but I wasn't with any of the midwives unfortunately.
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