I choose my dr. b/c she was the only one recommended to me and b/c her secretary said that she spoke english very well. Well, her english turns out to be as bad or worse than my german, but b/c she is so nice and b/c she assured me that one of the midwives that she works with speaks better english, i decided to stay with her. but... i have since found out that neither she or the midwife (who understands everything in english, but doesn't speak a word,) will be at the hospital for the birth- that you just use who ever is on call at the hospital.
I didn't even think to ask about this up front b/c i have never heard of such a crazy system! But, now i am finding that it is not uncommon. I have heard that another hospital in the area does allow you to bring your own midwife, but it is a pretty inconvenient drive away from us.
I am thinking of trying to find an english speaking doula (i guess just a midwife who doesn't help with the actual birth??) who is familiar with the hospital come for translation help, should i need it. i understand/speak pretty well and my husband is fluent in both languages, but i want his focus to be me and i don't know how well he could translate medical terms- i feel nervous that something that i don't understand could spiral things in the wrong direction.
Does anyone have experience with this type of hospital set up/ or delivering in a german hospital in general? Or know of of other problems that i might not even think of running into/ special things i should be prepared for? i was under the impression that the hospitals were much more mother/baby friendly- am i missing something big? any thoughts or input would be appreciated! thanks!