There's one thing I think we all need to remember. Midwives are not like a normal business. I think some of us go into it expecting it to be "consumer driven," but MW's are in a strange position where they get to know you intimately, they really become your friend, but they also need to get paid, because its their job.
And lets not forget, not everyone is meant to be friends. Some people's personalities JUST DONT MESH. Pregnant moms are very sensitive and on high alert emotionally to this. While I agree that is very important that all womens voices are heard in regards to their experiences, assuming that because one person didn't get along with a midwife, doesnt a) reflect on her abilities, and b) doesn't mean that many many other women do and will.
I think that we all need to take a step back. WE ARE GOING TO LOSE HOMEBIRTH IN MARYLAND. And not because it was dangerous, but over administrative and organizational reasons. This is HORRIFYING to me.
I would gladly wait 3 hours for an appointment to see an overworked Home Birth Midwife, if it meant I could keep my baby and myself away from a hospital. Let's not pretend that hospital MWs and OBs are any different. With my first I went to 4 OB practices before I found an OB I liked. There aren't enough Homebirth midwives to find one whose personality is perfect for everyone.
In light of the direction my thread has taken, originally a fact finding mission, I am asking that the moderator please remove it. The facts have been found and in my opinion do not reveal anything other than a major disconnect between want women want in this State and what todays archaic medical practice is.
Hopefully the Moderator will remove this and everyone can take their complaints and their positive reviews to the Reviews section.