Hey! I wanted to let you know that we toured the maternity ward at Community in Anderson and LOVED it! I was so impressed with their attitude there. They really try to let each woman have the birth she wants...they don't push things on the mothers. Our guide said that when you see the midwives or OBs you will fill out a detailed birth plan and they will stick to it! You are free to walk around, labor in water, shower, wherever, eat and drink, and do it however you want. We loved it so much and felt so comfortable. The part I loved most was that they keep you in one room for everything, even for water births, and your baby stays in the room with you, not in the nursery.
I feel like for a hospital, this is a unique and special one and I feel like we can have a natural birth there. We scheduled our first appointment with Pregnancy Plus. It sounds like you meet with all 5 of the midwives at one point or another so you get to know them all. They also assign a back up OB to you in the unlikely event of a C-section or other surgical procedure, but they said you don't have to meet with the OB...most people never have to.
I'm not sure how it works if you are wanting to keep your regular OB, but I'm sure they would work with you.
We are so happy and relieved and I think we'll be switching care! Hope that helps.