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I am trying to find a practice that has midwives. I want to try for a natural VBAC and am not sure which group would be better to go with -- any experiences you would be willing to share?
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I've worked with both of those practices as a doula and I feel that the midwives in the practice try hard to support women for VBAC. However, the most consistently positive experiences I have had supporting women for VBAC is with the UofM midwives and with the midwives at Henry Ford West Bloomfield. Beyond how the practices feel about VBAC and the relationship that the midwives have with the physicians that work with them, the hospitals where both of these practices work have functioning telemetry units (St. Joe has telemetry, but it is a different brand and very cumbersome and buggy -- I think Providence Park in Novi has telemetry too but the midwives work more frequently at Providence Southfield, which doesn't) and so the requirement for continuous monitoring ties you down less. In theory, it is even possible to have a VBAC waterbirth at UofM because they can let you wear the telemetry unit underwater.
post #3 of 7
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Thanks for your reply. I am very passionate about having a VBAC. I actually live in the downriver area but am willing to drive in order to work with a midwife. Do you know of anyone downriver that would be good? Where do the UofM midwives work out of? when I tried to find info on them, I was confused about this. How many of them are there? Do they work with any OBs? I think there's a chance I might be considered high risk this time around. I experienced preterm labor (25 weeks) and delivered at 35 weeks. My baby was also breech so I delivered via c-section. Thus the VBAC. Do you know if most midwives would take me on? Thank you so much for any information that you can help me with. It 's appreciated more than you know!
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I think that a lot of midwives could still take you on. The UofM midwives are a hospital-owned practice. They have doctors they work with but the don't work for them directly. The same is true of the midwives at Henry Ford. I think it can give them more freedom or power than midwives who work directly for the doctors.

I think there are 8 or so full-time midwives at UofM.

The closest UofM clinic to you is the Canton Health Center. You could call there and make an appointment with Kathy Bedekian. She's the closest midwife to you in that practice.
post #5 of 7
I don't know about VBAC but, I used the Mid-wives at Providence and my experience with the Midwives as well as the Alternative Birth Center in Southfield was great. I found them totally open, supportive and very dedicated to helping woman have the natural birth that they wanted.
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A little bird just told me that the midwives at Providence would love a VBAC mama to bring a tub into the L&D cause there aren't tubs available there.
post #7 of 7
I also don't know about VBAC specifically, but highly recommend metropartners in womens's health and The ABC at Providence.
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