Homebirth midwives in Columbus, OH - Page 2
This is REALLY helpful. It lets you look up numerous statistics from the hospitals in Columbus. According to them, St. Ann's now has a 24% incidence of c-sections for low-risk, first time moms. OSU is 30%. CHOICE is 4%. (I'm just really big on not having an unecesarean lol, as you can see).
If my doctor's C-section rate is 10%, her opinion would trump the hospital's, right? I'm new to all this and getting nervous. Ideally I'd have a birth center birth with a midwife but there are none around Columbus so I'm looking at as natural as possible hospital birth.
Your doctor's view can definitely be influential. My Dr when I delivered at St. Ann's was respectful of my birth plan and told the nurses to wait when they wanted to give pitocin etc. However that may have to do with it being thanksgiving - there weren't any other drs on the floor lol. It doesn't cost us much more for a homebirth than a hospital birth with insurance because of our high deductable...I don't know if there are any birth centers around or not. Last I checked there were not but that was a long time ago. But if you're not comfortable with hospital or homebirth then that is one other option to look into.
Also, I know there are a few birth centers in Indiana and Michigan. You might want to consider looking into them. And also, there are I think two or three birth centers in Ohio that are not officially accredited, but might be good. You might look for those as well.
Regarding the hospitals stats vs. your doctor's stats, I would say that the fact that your doctor's stats are relatively low for c-sec is a positive. This improves your chances of a vaginal birth. However, your doctor will not be there for your entire labor. The fact that the hospital has such a high c-sec rate, I think, likely reduces your chances of having a natural, med-free birth. I would say that you can do it, but, you definitely, definitely need to be prepared.
Personally, you need to know your rights and be willing to assert them. You need to be very well-informed about natural birth and have a plan to achieve a natural birth (not, oh, I just won't ask for drugs, but a solid birth plan). You need to be sure that your doctor is completely on board with your birth plan. You also need solid support willing to advocate for you. Your DH needs to know about natural birth and be fully on board with your birth plan. I would definitely also recommend hiring a doula. She will be able to help you with your coping methods, with additional suggestions beyond what you may be prepared with, and to also advocate for you.
You do NOT have to consent to the medical procedures they want to push on you at the hospital.
You should tour the hospital ahead of time and ask lots of questions about their policies. Then, you can research to know which of those policies they can actually enforce on you and which you can decline.
Also, get more stats from your doctor beyond just c-sec. Find out about her epidural rate, narcotic rate, episiotomy rate, pitocin rate, and so on. It isn't just about c-sec vs vag - it's about intervention vs. letting nature take its course.
Good luck to you on this wonderful (and sometimes trying) journey!
I wanted to let you know that Lisa Smithers,CNM is no longer in practice at New Life Midwifery in Marysville
Like the PP discussed, I too would look into a doula! And I don't think there would be a prob with switching providers at 12 weeks.
You CAN have a peaceful hospital birth Many women and friends I know of here in Columbus have done so! Have you looked into CHOICE for doula info,classes, etc? They do provide other services besides just having a HB/midwife.
I hope your discussion with your doctor goes well!
Also, remember that if she is 100% on board, it will mostly be the nurses at the hospital who are caring for you. So, you want a care provider who is on board, and you want to do recon on the hospital to know what you need to do to be prepared for them :-)
On another board, a couple of people said that they had positive, natural experiences at OSU. I am definitely leaning towards a doula or monitrice to help communicate my needs/wishes and need to make an appointment for an info session at CHOICE.
Feeling much more secure/on top of things now--thanks for all the helpful input!
I know this was posted awhile ago but for any soon-to-be mothers who come across this I wanted to say I just delivered with Kathy Mitchell, a homebirth midwife who serves the Columbus area. I had originally planned to go with CHOICE but as soon as I met her I knew she was the midwife for me. She was absolutely incredible. She is excellent at listening to what you need from her and giving it. An incredible person and a phenomenal midwife.