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Midwives in CT (again...)

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone,

I know this had been discussed to death but I'm hoping someone will jump in with something new to offer. Wishful thinking... I know.

My DD's birth was attended by one of the wonderful Birth & Beyond midwives from Madison. Vicki was my angel during that birth after a traumatic first birth experience with my DS. Well, the B&B midwives don't have enough coverage and, therefore, are no longer catching babies. I fully understand and don't blame them but still, it breaks my heart!

Anyway, I am getting my prenatal care there for now but need to make a switch in the next few weeks. I don't know what to do and I'm feeling very sad and a little nervous.

I have Husky A insurance through the state. From what I understand, there are no homebirth mw's in CT who are able to work with state insurance (besides B&B). Has anyone had any experience with this? Any words of wisdom? Has anyone found a way around that?

I desperately want a homebirth but know that there is no possible way for me to afford to pay a midwife out of pocket. I wish I could, I really, really do... it is just impossible right now. I do have a bleeding disorder, which makes me slightly higher risk, but have had 2 uncomplicated, vaginal deliveries with no bleeding trouble. I am very healthy and this had been a healthy, uneventful pregnancy thus far.

If a homebirth ends up being impossible, does anyone have any recommendations for hospital-based CNM's who are as intervention-free as possible? I'm in Southeastern, CT (near the Groton/New London/Norwich area) and I'm happy to drive up to an hour, but not too much further since I am due in December and might face uncooperative weather. I want to avoid delivering at Backus Hospital. I like Westerly Hospital very much, but my insurance won't cover them.

I will be happy for any advice that anyone has to share! Thanks for reading!!
post #2 of 17
Do you or your partner have any skills you could barter to reduce the cost of care with one of the CPM's? I know some midwives are willing to work that way. I forget which one I spoke with told me she wants to set up a website, and I have also heard of midwives looking for home improvement help as well. Just a thought. And I know all the midwives offer flexibility with payment because they don't want to see folks in your situation being forced into a hospital birth that they don't wnt.

I have heard some good things about Manchester Memorial Hospital. My former OB group delivers there and even supports VBACs (a good sign in an OB practice), Ob/GYN of Manchester. They have several docs and several midwives as well. I would recommend hiring a doula regardless of your hospital just to give you an extra tool to deal with labor and the hospital experience. There is also a midwives group at St. Francis but I have heard they have more restrictions set up by the hospital than Manchester.

Best wishes on your journey!


Liz
post #3 of 17
Look into the Birth Place at St. Mary's Hosp in Waterbury. Probably close to an hour ride but a nice place if you need to go the hospital route. And if you take the class there, they allow you to be discharged after 6 hours. Also check out Middlesex Hosp in Middletown, my friend had 2 babies there and loved it. HTH.
post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
Liz~ Thank you for that thought... bartering hadn't even occurred to me. I'm a professional photographer... so maybe??

I'm not too worried about a doula. I'm pretty persistent and well educated about labor and birth. I'm not afraid to speak my mind and DP and my mom both know what I want and that I won't compromise except in the event of a true emergency, of course. I am lucky to have them with me. My mom is fearless! LOL!

JodiAriel~ Thanks for the hospital suggestions. I have also heard good things about Middlesex. I'm not worried about being "allowed" to be discharged, though. I've signed myself out AMA after both my births and intend to do that again this time. I'll look into Waterbury as well, thanks!
post #5 of 17
I would ask Janet at Birth Partners. She has the low down on pretty much everyone in the sphere of HB or protected birth in hospitals in the state. Her website is-
http://www.birthpartnersdoulas.com
post #6 of 17
This is exactly the problem I'm having! I'm Husky A, and all they'll cover is a cnm... but no homebirth cnm's available! I'm so glad to hear from someone in EXACTLY the same boat. I'm getting so frustrated. I'm currently filing an appeal with Aetna (my husky provider), but i don't think i'm going to get very far, and unfortunately, i just can't possibly pay out of pocket either. My husband spoke with the woman from Birth and Beyond for a long time, and said she had a lot of info about getting ins to cover births, so you should try them as a resource. If you have any luck, lemme know... I need it!

also, I had both my kids at the Birthplace at St. Mary's in Waterbury... it's probably about an hour from Groton, maybe a bit more, but if the drive isn't an issue (it would be for me with my quickie births!), then they are FANTASTIC. The cnm's i've seen for my previous two pregnancies and this one are throught Naugatuck Valley OBGYN, and they are SO fantastic... My husband and I were so happy with how completely intervention free our birth experience was. I was allowed to labor as i pleased, move around, eat. No direction, minimal doppler, i only had one internal exam with each labor. Didn't tell me when or how to push... let me follow my own instincts. It was everything I imagine a homebirth could be, minus the cleanup They do discharge 6-12 hours after delivery too, but if you've been signing out AMA anyway, then you're all set

Anyway, i hope the info helps a bit. I'd love to chat more if you;re interested... it's so hard to find like-minded moms in the area. Good luck!
post #7 of 17
My SIL lives in Groton and is due next month -- she's driving back to Middlesex for the third time to have her baby there rather than at Backus. My two were also born at Middlesex, through the Family Practice Group (offices in Middletown, Portland, and East Hampton), and I was treated very well. Good breastfeeding support, no pressure for interventions I didn't want, my questions were answered, etc. The Family Practice Group made it very easy for me to "break" normal hospital procedures and skip monitoring, heplock, and all that jazz when I wanted to. My second birth was completely unplugged, in a tub, with minimal interaction with the staff during labor at my request.
post #8 of 17
btw, i wanted to add. I'm also due in Dec (the 16th). u?
post #9 of 17

in similar situation

Hi ladies,
I'm pregnant for the first time, live in SE CT, and also due in December. (That makes 3 of us, right? Wow!) Up until now, I've been planning on using Backus....but I am now also considering homebirth or changing hospitals as I want an intervention-free birth.

Being new to all this, I feel like I'm just now getting up to speed on how hospitals work and the interventions used. I've been reading some great books and this week saw the movie "The Business of Being Born." I'm starting to get scared about using Backus, especially after reading this thread. Can one of you tell me what problems you experienced there? I have already hired a doula, but I worry that the hospital will try to force me to accept interventions that I don't want. I don't know how to change hospitals or really what to do at this point.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by mrsabc View Post
Hi ladies,
I'm pregnant for the first time, live in SE CT, and also due in December. (That makes 3 of us, right? Wow!) Up until now, I've been planning on using Backus....but I am now also considering homebirth or changing hospitals as I want an intervention-free birth.

Being new to all this, I feel like I'm just now getting up to speed on how hospitals work and the interventions used. I've been reading some great books and this week saw the movie "The Business of Being Born." I'm starting to get scared about using Backus, especially after reading this thread. Can one of you tell me what problems you experienced there? I have already hired a doula, but I worry that the hospital will try to force me to accept interventions that I don't want. I don't know how to change hospitals or really what to do at this point.
i recently attended a birth at backus and they were great about sticking to the birth plan. i think it really depends on who is on that day just my :
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by mommadoula2 View Post
i recently attended a birth at backus and they were great about sticking to the birth plan. i think it really depends on who is on that day just my :
Exactly.
Depends on the nurse that you are assigned to and also your OB/CNM.
It's helpful to have a doula.
post #12 of 17

hello. my name is kaleigh oen and I live in northwest Connecticut. I am on the search for the best place to have a natural intervention free birth. I am considering home birth as well as birthing centers I am just so overwhelmed, it was helpful to read everyones thoughts and experiences though. I am also on husky a and would love to use the insurance now that I have it. I could try to pay out of pocket but im just not finding any midwives that do homebirths in my area. I love the way St. marys sounds, pretty perfect to what I would want. I am interested in this and options besides the normal routine hospital birth. I am due in april so I do have plenty of time I would just love to continue to talk about it my optons and what other people in the area have done.

post #13 of 17

Hi! You are due April 2014?  I am in the NW corner of CT as well - and due in Dec!  :)

 

St. Mary's in Waterbury USED TO HAVE a fabulous birth center!  It was within the hospital - but they really held strong to the midwifery model, it honestly was "home away from home birth" etc....tubs, bedrooms, living room, kitchen area, NO continuous fetal monitoring, etc, etc, etc..... 

Now - the birth center is closed, and they are back to being a regular old hospital (and just like the rest of 'em - A HOSPITAL with a very smart marketing plan - "sounds good" but if you want to have anything other than an on your back hospital bed birth - you better have a pit bull of a midwife there to support your wishes!). I had some high hopes for Sharon Hospital - when I called to set up a tour, and asked a few questions - I did not like their answers!  So even there - Sharon Hospital's website sounds great - but then I got a nurse who works there on the phone, and asked some  basic "natural birth" questions - already a turn off, and all signs pointed to REGULAR OL' HOSPITAL BIRTH!  :/ 

 

Danbury Hospital http://www.danburyhospital.org/en/Our-Services/Obstetrics-and-Gynecology/Family-Birth-Center seems to have the best bet around (for a hospital)- as far as what you are looking for. For example, not only do they encourage doulas - they HAVE doulas on staff!

 

There is only ONE free-standing birth center in all of Connecticut, it is also in Danbury:

http://www.ctbirthcenter.com/

 

I had a wonderful homebirth my last time around - but, like you, this time I want to (need to) use my insurance.  Also state insurance. I have yet to find ANY homebirth midwives that are covered by ANY insurance (and it is not the midwives - it is the insurance that will not pay for "risky" homebirth *rolling eyes*). So! I will be birthing at the Center in Danbury this time around. 

 

HTH!

Rachael

DD, 15y

DS, 14y

DS, 12y

New Baby 12/9/13

post #14 of 17

Just because this post has some new life on it, I figured I'd pop in to say that Birth & Beyond is back up and running.  I think they have 5 or 6 midwives on staff now and take insurance, including state Husky insurance. :)
Edited to add: They won't attend births everywhere in CT, but their service range is pretty large!

post #15 of 17
Wanted to add that many CPMs are able to get insurance coverage. I know nancy Farr is able to get coverage from Aetna, united healthcare, Cigna, bc/bs among others. She will attend in your part of the state as well. Other CPMs to consider are Bea Artz, Gengi Proteau and Joni Stone. Beth up in Amherst will travel to ct as well. There is also a new to the area CNM in mass who travels into some parts of ct as well. Nadine Hottat.
post #16 of 17

Hello!

I am a nurse-midwife with a homebirth practice attending births in Berkshire County, MA and in northwest CT.  I live a few minutes from Cannan, CT.  

Feel free to be in touch if I can be of support and service.

My website, which has my contact info:  www.visionhill.me

Warmly.....Nadine Hottat

post #17 of 17

I am dealing with the same ordeal living in Ct, on husky A.  Good luck. I hope you find someone, I do not like my doctor here.

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