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Birth Centers in Twin Cities

post #1 of 26
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Does anyone have any experience with either of these birth centers?

http://www.health-foundations.com/home

http://www.morningstarbirth.com/index.cfm

Thank you so much!
post #2 of 26
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post #3 of 26
I haven't been to either as a doula, but I know doula's who have!! Honestly, they are different from each other (as far as looks) and the midwives are very different from each other. They are both very lovely in different ways. You should interview BOTH midwives and take tours! One might stand out at you as being a perfect fit.
post #4 of 26
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Thanks for the info. I have a tour set at Morning Star for 7/12. I will set one up at the other as well.

I will update.
post #5 of 26
Morningstars first center, in Menomonie, has a reputation that is deteriorating. Including myself, there are 6 moms that I know that would have used the midwife there except for bad experiences...personally and people that we know. It might be fine, but her most loyal mamas in WI are fading...good luck! Not sure about the new midwife or the philosophy of the new center, so it might be very different.
post #6 of 26
As a doula, I have heard similar stories as Sunfish.

Edited to add: I think that interviewing midwives is such a personal thing. What one person doesn't like, another person loves. The birth center would fail if no-one liked it. It seems like they are doing well enough to start up another one.
post #7 of 26
Can either of you explain those last 2 comments? About the bad experiences? I am currently interviewing midwives and was looking at Morningstar specifically. I have heard wonderful things about Paula but these were all from clients who were with her before she started opening the Twin Cities location. Is she overextending herself? I would appreciate if either of you would consider PMing me any information you have. I had a very bad experience with my last homebirth midwife (as far as being dropped and a total lack of loyalty) and if I end up with another midwife I can't trust I will be a mess! I don't want to be in a hospital but I'm also having a real hard time trusting midwives, too!
post #8 of 26
I did PM you, but would say that if you need a good experience, this is a risky option.
post #9 of 26
I think that as far as the birthing center in Minnesota, there is a different midwife.
post #10 of 26
I also had a mediocre experience with Morningstar. I started off there, but ended up interviewing homebirth midwives and realized that was a perfect option for our family, especially with the midwives we are using! I wasn't gaining anything by giving birth at the center, and was losing quite a bit. There were also several things about the facility itself that I didn't like, after really picturing giving birth there.

If anyone wants details, feel free to pm me.
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by ammiga View Post
I also had a mediocre experience with Morningstar. I started off there, but ended up interviewing homebirth midwives and realized that was a perfect option for our family, especially with the midwives we are using! I wasn't gaining anything by giving birth at the center, and was losing quite a bit. There were also several things about the facility itself that I didn't like, after really picturing giving birth there.

If anyone wants details, feel free to pm me.
I would love more info from you. This is a big decision for my family and I want to make sure I am going into this fully educated.
post #12 of 26
I dont have experience with any of those birth centers but LOVE my midwife if you want her number. Her name is Vanessa Stephens Coldwater.
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by Childbirth_Fanatic View Post
I dont have experience with any of those birth centers but LOVE my midwife if you want her number. Her name is Vanessa Stephens Coldwater.
If you could pm me that info I would appreciate it.

Went on the tour and am leaning more towards homebirth right now. HUGE upfront cost even if you have full coverage insurance. Seemed weird to me. Also how fast you are expected to leave makes me a little concerned. I was EXHAUSTED after Lainey's birth and would not have been ready to go home in the 4-8 hour time frame.

That may be the norm in birth centers though. I have not researched enough yet.
post #14 of 26
There is something so nice about having your midwives come to you, that's for sure!!
post #15 of 26
Yes, the upfront cost is large, and at least with Morningstar, I'd heard from people that it took them forever on the Insurance Claims (and then that it went to MorningStar first and then they gave a check to the parents.) So it's not like right after the birth you get refunded. Plus although my policy says it'd cover a birth center, I still have worries that they wouldn't pay it and we'd be in a big battle over it!
post #16 of 26
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There is something so nice about having your midwives come to you, that's for sure!!
I know! I have been spoiled with the last two babies. I do not know if I can move backwards this time.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by shruley View Post
Yes, the upfront cost is large, and at least with Morningstar, I'd heard from people that it took them forever on the Insurance Claims (and then that it went to MorningStar first and then they gave a check to the parents.) So it's not like right after the birth you get refunded. Plus although my policy says it'd cover a birth center, I still have worries that they wouldn't pay it and we'd be in a big battle over it!
Right now we are POOR! Like.....impossible for us to come up with that amount of money to "maybe" get it back. It is just not an option.
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by Childbirth_Fanatic View Post
I dont have experience with any of those birth centers but LOVE my midwife if you want her number. Her name is Vanessa Stephens Coldwater.
Called her Felt like I was chatting with a girlfriend Will be setting up a meeting with her and the hubby.

Thank you for the recommendation.
post #19 of 26

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post #20 of 26
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AngelBee
I live in Mounds View. I don't really have much else to say right now, just noticing where people are at!
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