Hi there! I'm new to this site. My husband and I are trying for our second child and I've heard from lots of different people that they swear by midwives. I don't know much about them though. I mean, I've searched the internet and have a pretty good understanding of what they do but I'm really looking for more personal info, testimonials and the like.
I'll start by saying what I'm looking for and maybe someone can help with some advice on the topic. Please feel free to share any midwife experiences that have swayed you one way or the other because I'm just really trying to absorb as much info about them as I can. With my first child I had a rocky pregnancy, no life threatening problems but my son was born via emergence c-section and the doctors could never really give me that much info as to why. I really feel like I was just along for the ride which is not at all what I wanted and certainly not what I want this time around either. I still want to see an OBGYN I think and I for sure want to give birth in a hospital but I really DON'T want another c-section. I was told by the doctor who delivered my son that I wouldn't necessarily have to have another one. Basically what's really important to me is to have a trained professional who is there for ME as much as he/she is there for the baby so that I don't feel so out of the loop. I want someone to be able to say, "hey wait, that isn't the only way!"
So, what do you think? Am I crazy? Is this something that a midwife would be better at or did I just have a horrible doctor the first time around?