1. I know Lonnie is not very personable--"warm and fuzzy"--, but she is considered the best in her field. She was delivering at Palisades, within walking distance from my house with a Level II NICU. As of March 1, she will be switching hospitals to St. Mary's (which used to be Beth Israel) in Passaic. St Mary's has no NICU and is a small, "personal" hospital without alot of amenities.
2. Lonnie is out of network, and although I have a PPO plan, I'm starting to get concerned about what we will be paying (our 20% after the insurance pays the 80%).
3. I know nothing about Avalon midwives . . . I need to know more. They deliver at Morristown, which has lots of amenities (my husband is thrilled with the whole flat screen tv possibility). I think the birthing tubs and ability to jump in the shower while in labor can really facilitate the natural, pitocin-free, induction free labor I want. But, I've heard they are not that big on natural birth--that they are all about breaking your water, pushing pitocin, etc.
4. When my son was born, I was induced on my due date because my OB said my fluid was low. When I arrived at the hospital, St Barnabas, they told me my fluid was fine. Regrettably, we went through with the induction anyway. I did have a vaginal birth, but with an episiotomy and way too many interventions.
What I want is to avoid an induction and to be allowed to labor on my own. I also want my baby to be delivered safely, which is why I'm choosing to labor in a hospital. Which midwifery practice might I have a better chance of attaining all these things? Please give me advice and your DETAILED experiences!