thank you so much!
we are on AHCCCS right now so that is also a consideration... i forgot to mention it before. i'm hoping my husband will have a job with good insurance soon, but at present we are limited to providers who accept AHCCCS. i would love to do a home birth in theory, but i am not sure i'll feel comfortable with it (i have high blood pressure, for one thing) or be able to work out the finances. i am not sure how much they normally cost or whether there are sliding scales, trades / barters, or flexible payment plans.
does northwest have the same room for birthing / recovery / postpartum, and rooming-in? i do want a female OBGYN if i go that route...
do you think being risked out to birth at the birth center before is an automatic risk-out this time too? probably so... i didn't have high blood pressure at that time either, it started becoming an issue at the end of my pregnancy and has required medication since my daughter's birth.
i had heard some bad things about st joes, but it is close to our house... tmc is close too. northwest is far away but i've gone there for other things and have been impressed with their staff and facilities.
i know there are situations i can always refuse and put up a fuss, but i'd rather not have to deal with that when i am feeling kind of vulnerable to begin with. so it'd be great to have the most ideal team and facility set up soon... so that i can be comfortable about that much!
we will also be needing a doula! through desert doulas last time around we qualified for a low-income assistance to have a doula who was just about to receive certification and i loved that. i wonder if that same service would be available a second time, if our finances do not improve.
Originally Posted by DoulaAngie
There are homebirth midwives in Tucson.
Amy Zenizo, Bette Kibble, Lisa Block-Weiser are three off the top of my head.
I prefer TMC or Northwest Women's Center for most births. I prefer UMC with Dr. Maciulla for VBAC. Northwest doesn't do routine separation of mom and baby after birth. TMC, and UMC do, I'm not sure about St. Joe's.
If you're wanting to avoid a big group practice and have no routine separation post birth (of course you can always refuse and put up a fuss) I'd recommend Dr. Westerband at NW.
Of course you could also use the Birth Center midwives and deliver at TMC if you risk out of the BC itself for the actual birth. There are pros and cons to that as well.
If you can't find contact info for the providers listed above, PM me. I'd be more than happy to help. I've been a birthworker for over 10 years in Tucson.
ETA: If you're looking at St. Joe's Dr. Weisertnis pretty good too. I've had some great natural births with her recently.