Homebirth midwives in the Northern NJ area.
Depending on where you are in Bergen County, you could try Anne Margolis. http://www.imamidwives.com/
Another MW worth connecting with would be Martha Roth, based out of Nyack.
I had Lisa Robertson deliver our son. Her name is now actually Lisa Gambini since she was recently remarried and changed her name.
She came to our house for appointments, which was really great and super convenient. However, I should note that often the appointments were rescheduled by her or she arrived a little late (this was not a very big deal for us).
She was very good at assessing the position and size of the baby, and listening to the heartbeat, etc. She gave me a urine test every appt to check for protein, etc. She also helped me diagnose an iron-deficiency, and gave me advice on how to correct it (which worked well).
When I went into labor, I called her several times to tell her my status. My contractions were irregular, however after a while they got very intense. She waited until I was 2 minutes apart to decide that she should definitely come over. Then it took her about an hour to get to our home. She arrived as I was pushing the baby out. She helped me to stand up to deliver the baby, and she caught it with her hands. I wished she had come earlier, but I felt relieved that the baby was delivered without complications.
After the birth, there was an issue with us not receiving the birth certificate. Lisa kept telling us that they are 5 months behind since there was only one lady processing all of the home birth certificates. Finally, after several months, I called the Office of Vital Records, and found out that there was not a birth certificate form for my son in their system. The office told me that there is a whole department processing records and they process the birth certificates within 2 weeks. Also there was not an Acknowledgement of Paternity form in their system, which there should have been (Lisa told us she sent that in as well). We are not sure whether Lisa never sent them out, or if they were lost by the Office of Vital Records. As of today, I finally am re-submitting the forms and mailing them out.
I have heard that other people were really happy with Lisa as their midwife. In my opinion, she is really nice and seems to have a lot of experience. However, we were disappointed with her arriving so late for the actual birth, and frustrated with the missing birth certificate. I'd like to assume that these were a fluke and normally she is an awesome midwife.
Edited by Slygrrl - 1/23/13 at 2:26pm