or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Welcome to Mothering! › Connect With Other Moms › Moms In Your Area › Indiana, Ohio, Michigan › Homebirth midwives in Columbus, OH
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Homebirth midwives in Columbus, OH - Page 2

post #21 of 32
Becky Frye is in Fredericktown and does home births. As mentioned above, she is also a EMT and is awesome! I had a home water birth with her and it was a great experience. I can get you her number if you want it; just private message me. Good luck!
post #22 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by MamaSmurf29 View Post
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).
Yikes. My doctor's personal rate is 10% but she only delivers at OSU. I like her a lot for an OB but would prefer to birth with a midwife. However, I'm not wild about homebirth (small apartment) and my insurance only covers OSU. Although, I have also heard Marysville is good and I think my insurance does cover there.

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.
post #23 of 32
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.
post #24 of 32
Quote:
Originally Posted by MamaSmurf29 View Post
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.
Every time I read about a negative hospital birth story I panic a little more. The next time I see my doctor I am going to ask her questions about what a birth at OSU is like, typically, what kind of interventions she is accustomed to seeing, etc., and I'm also going to research midwives and other options just in case. It's overwhelming--there's so much info out there and I have never done this before. If I could have a peaceful hospital birth I would be happy and fine, but it just seems like that doesn't happen very often. Maybe homebirth will be the way we go.
post #25 of 32
I'm having my third baby with CHOICE and wouldn't have it any other way
They are wonderful.
post #26 of 32
Blanca78 - There is only one accredited birthing center in the state of Ohio - it is inside the hospital at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Many moms do travel quite far to birth there, given the issues you are encountering.

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!
post #27 of 32
Thank so much Klemomma--I am definitely looking into a doula to help me understand everything and advocate for myself. My 12 week appointment is coming up in two weeks--is 12 weeks too late to change providers? I'm planning to really ask my doctor about everything then, and if I'm not comfortable with her answers, look into a different provider.
post #28 of 32
Hey Blanca, congrats on your pregnancy
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.
post #29 of 32
12 weeks is definitely not too late to switch providers! The only time I've known women to have a difficult or impossible time to switch providers was during the third trimester.

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 :-)
post #30 of 32
Thanks ColumbusMomma and Klemama! I know, I was bummed to see Lisa Smithers no longer practices at Marysville. I was looking on the hospital website and couldn't find info on nurse midwives there, although it did say there were midwives--just no link to a practice or anything.

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!
post #31 of 32
OK, I did deliver at St. Ann's this time, and they were the most NCB-friendly. I had a VBAC, so I "had" to wear the fetal monitor and have a heplock placed in my arm, but otherwise, the nurses were very supportive. I stood, sat on the birthing ball and walked around a lot, never lying in the bed at all. I had a doula, but when I started trying to get an epidural (twice, during momentary panic), the nurse (Christy) talked me down more strongly than my doula, and I was able to deliver without it. No one mentioned slow progress or C-section, even though it was another super long labor like my first one. Best hospital experience yet.
post #32 of 32

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.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Indiana, Ohio, Michigan
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Welcome to Mothering! › Connect With Other Moms › Moms In Your Area › Indiana, Ohio, Michigan › Homebirth midwives in Columbus, OH