Hi. I am mom of two children ages three and six. My daughter was born by emergency C section in 05 after trying for a home birth and ending up with a horrible transfer experience.
With my son I saw South Shore Midwifery for the first half of the pregnancy and loved them, but ultimately decided to go for another home birth. I was able to have a beautiful hbac with my son which was one of the most empowering experiences I have ever had. However there were complications during the pregnancy such as Gall Bladder issues, and my son's turning breech at 37 weeks. I had success in having him turned, and got my hbac anyway.
I am now TTC again, and due to all the difficulties I have had with my other pregnancies, my age, and other factors I will not be trying for a home birth this time around. I had planned to go with SSMG again, as they were great, and even when my MW learned I had a home birth when I went back for a checkkup a year later, she was so happy for me, and so supportive. However, now that they are at a new hospital I am nervous about my plan. I have heard mixed reviews about this other hospital, and the distance is also a factor as I live just outside of Boston on the south shore. Does anyone have any thoughts on other practices that I might not have considered. I would like a small practice, as I am disabled, and want to be able to get to know the people who will attend me in labor, and not have to worry about their reactions to my disability. this was a big issue when I transferred from my failed home birth. I got a doc I'd never met, and she had no idea how to deal with someone who had a disability, and this is one thing I don't want to deal with during labor.
It's a shame because i love SSMG, and although I don't love some things about SSH, they are close, and I have had some good experiences with them. I wish Tobey did Vbacs, but since they don't I am thinking SSMg is my best option. does anyone know what the policies are like for vbac at the Jordan? Any thoughts or feedback would be greatly appreciated. This will be my last birth, so I want to make the best decisions for my baby. I would like a natural birth, without continuous monitoring and being able to labor in water, but am willing to compromise on other things such as hep locs, to get my vbac. I justt think the hospital is best this time around, and the options around here aren't great. this vbac ban thing frustrates me so much, and I wonder if there isn't a way we could do more. It seems like a human rights issue, yet it doesn't get enough attention. Thanks for listening any suggestions are appreciated.