For those who are fans of Kay (I saw her for prenatal care during my first PAL, she was amazing) I highly recommend Margaret Strickhouser's practice, Intown Midwifery. Margaret is really great, and I have met the two younger midwives working with her, both of them also seem very good. They are attending water births and VBACs at Atlanta Medical Center. Their backup doctor is Dr. Bootstaylor who is a MFM high risk OB. The midwives have told me he fully supports them, and basically stays out of their way unless they need him. As soon as they call for help he's right there! They are all working towards opening a freestanding midwife-run birthing center in Atlanta (about time, right?) sometime in the next 2-3 years.
I can see why some people might not know what to make of Kay's no-nonsense personality, but I knew she was "the real deal" when she told me one of her favorite birth memories:
The mother was from a small rural village in South or Central America. She spoke very little english, and already had many children. This was her first time birthing in the US and she was baffled by how many births here seem to happen with the woman flat on her back. This she wanted to avoid. Well, she went into labor, and the unfamiliar atmosphere seemed to be slowing things down. She sent her husband away to run an errand. Then she asked if the midwives and nurses would just go wait in the hall. Kay said she DID go wait in the hall, and left the mother to labor on her own, only peeking in every 30 minutes or so to make sure all was well. At one point she was on the bed, on her back, just to see if that made any difference. Eventually of course the mother was ready to push, and at that point called the midwives back in to be with her. I thought if a midwife tells me one of her favorite birth stories is one where she was not even in the room for much of the labor, she's probably a good option for someone who wants a "hands-off unless I need you" care provider. :)