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Hi there,

This is a little premature, some might say, but I am wondering of the option to have a home birth. I am interested in finding a midwife or doula who would be comfortable performing a home birth at least a year away from now where the mother to be is a diagnosed epileptic (who gets warnings).

Currently, I am on medication which gives me 100% control but I would seek to come off the medication or reduce it as much as possible to reduce risk to the baby. Total withdrawal would be preferable.

I understand that some would consider this under the classification of complicated pregnancy, and some would seek to deny me the right to have a natural birth. I've seen the horror stories about hospital birthing situations and I would rather the hospital an absolute last resort for transfer if necessary. Otherwise, my husband and I would prefer the home birth route.

I had ovarian cancer in 2005 and have been cleared of it. I required no chemo and as far as my gyne-oncologist was concerned, I could still reproduce. I have never had a child and up until earlier this year, I did not want one. Which is why it seems even more important to me to have as little interference as possible (as far as traditional forceps, inducement, vacuum and drugs).

I am aware of a birthing center in Topeka, but other than that, there seems to be little info. If there is a midwife or doula comfortable enough to discuss it, please reply or PM me. I am not originally from the US, so I was not raised in a lawsuit society. I am from New Zealand and only seek the best for mother-to-be (me - not pregnant yet though) and baby.
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You could try talking to some of the moms in the topeka api and la leche groups.
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Fran Beier, Brenda Frankenfeld, and Suzanne Ryan are all homebirth midwives in the Lawrence-KC-Topeka area.
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I'm in the KC area and am using Fran Beier and we love her! She's based out of Lawrence and is a wonderful midwife!
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