Hi everyone. This is my first pregnancy and I'm planning on a home birth. My midwife is nationally known, speaks at conferences, wrote two books that are published and sold in any Border's or Barnes and Noble across the the country. I wanted to relay her plans/ideas for the pregnancy and see what you think. She doesn't push for anything and lets us make our decision, but she presents options.
She does not believe in routine ultrasounds, but sees their place when needed. Unless she sees something that makes her worry, she does not suggest I have an ultrasound, but will allow me to if I want. She offers prenatal screening tests, but feels the rate of false positives she has seen are just too high and cause too much anxiety for nothing. However, she does have it as an option. She checks BP, protein in urine, etc at visits, and suggests some blood work like Rh, antibodies, CBC, etc, but that's about it. She uses a doppler at 10-13 weeks and a fetalscope after. Her philosophy at the birth is that DH and I will handle it all and she is just there for support and to help if something is a little off. She says my body will know what to do and she is there to reassure me and determine if something is not going right. DH will catch the baby.
She has attended over 1000 births and has never lost a baby or a mother. The percent of her patients that end up in C-section is 3%...a far cry from the 33-35% of the US average! :) The rate of transfer is 15% (if I remember correctly), but she said that most of them are from mother's request because she wants an epidural or from maternal exhaustion.
So, does it sound good? I like her philosophy and am especially comfortable with her at birth. I worry she is a little too laid back during the pregnancy, but that could be because I am a little too high strung. LOL. I couldn't even tell you what I would want her to do differently, but I just have a "what if". However, when she was out of town (before our first appt) and I called my usual midwife to ask about a cramp question, I was told to go to the ER. I really don't want an alarmist view either. I guess I'm just being a dork. I really do feel comfortable and I do feel like she knows her stuff.
So my plan is to do the regular blood work, but no genetic screening tests, no U/S unless needed, and have a home birth. So how does this all compare to your midwife or previous home birth experience?