This is my first post and I just need some advice/someone to talk to. I am 32 weeks pregnant with DD #2. Our family has battled MRSA for 4 years. Our infections used to be absolutely horrible, having to go to the surgeon to get them lanced, etc. After we went off antibiotics completely, the infections started getting less frequent and less severe. Yes, still there, but more manageable.
So, I was planning a birth center birth for this baby (was in the hospital with DD#1). My DH and I informed the birth center at the start of our care that we have dealt with recurrent MRSA infections. Well, my DD recently had another infection on her butt and I just asked her dr. to take a look at it at her 3 year old checkup. Well, she's our family doc and she called the birth center telling them about our DD and her infection. So at my appointment at the birth center just a few days ago, I was talked to about how they may not be able to let me birth there, and if I do there may be a lot of conditions, such as not allowing me to use the tub, using everything disposable, wearing masks throughout labor, etc.
The midwife admitted to me she doesn't really know about MRSA and has never really dealt with it before. Don't get me wrong, I do understand that it's scary, but they don't know about how it's spread, etc. The way I was talked to was just humiliating. I don't know why they are just bringing this up now when they've had my entire pregnancy to freak about it.
My DH and I don't know what to do. They may let us stay there, with stipulations, but I have been strongly considering homebirth now. I am afraid I will be too tense at the center about their phobia of me that I won't be able to relax. My concern now, also, is that I won't be able to find a homebirth midwife in our area who will come near my family once we tell them we are MRSA carriers. We take great measures to prevent spreading it (frequent and proper handwashing, if there is a sore, covered at all times and chaning bandages with gloves, 7th gen. disinfectant wipes in every room of the house and daily disinfecting of surfaces.)
Sorry this is so long, I just really feel crushed because I wanted a water birth at the birth center and now if I can't find a homebirth midwife, what do I do? I can't bear to be in the hospital again. Traumatic experience with DD#1. I welcome any advice, but please be gentle as I have been treated like a leper the past few days. Thanks.