In case there is someone out there wondering what their choices are- I thought I would let you know how many awesome options you have.
This is your birth. Make it wonderful!
Hi!! Welcome, midwesterner04 Yes, there are a few of us on here. Are you familiar with the South bend area Holistic moms network chapter? We have lots of great moms.
Since this old thread has been revived, I thought I'd update and share that I actually did have a baby with a CNM at Goshen Birth Center (I believe Laura Gilbert and Kate Schantz actually have privileges there, though the center is run and staffed by the midwives at Fairhaven OB). It was wonderful! I have the best memories of laboring outside on a summer day, coming in to rock in one of the birth center's amazingly comfortable rocking chairs, and relaxing through the last of my labor in a fabulous birth tub in a candlelit room. My sweet baby never cried as she was lifted from the water to my chest, and it was hours before she was gently lifted from my arms to be weighed, measured, and footprinted. Doing prenatal care with the midwives at Fairhaven and birthing at Goshen Birth Center are probably the best decisions I ever have made. I am so thankful to have had access to good midwives and out of hospital birth--many of my friends in other places want the same things but don't have the awesome choices northern Indiana has to offer.
I just wanted to share that I had my son at New Eden last October and was very happy with my midwife (Mary Doezema) although I have to say, my doula (Jessica from Birth Kalamazoo) commented that she did find it a bit more hospital like than some other birth centers she's been to.
Absolutely no problem when I declined eye goop & Vit K (son is intact) and the good thing is that they don't even have Hep B vac on the premises, which I thought was great
They have an awesome tub for a waterbirth too!