+1 on the "I love the Midwives at Valley so much I would marry them if I could". :)
I have three kids - the first was born before the midwives moved to Valley. I wanted a midwife delivery at a hospital close by but couldn't find any practice to meet that criteria so went with an OB/GYN i really liked and who worked out of Valley. The birth wasn't terrible but nor was it great (induced before I felt was necessary; felt like no one listened to me; plus it was when the current Birth Center was under construction so not as many amenities) so when I got pregnant three years later and heard about the Midwives at Valley, I immediately made an appointment...and by then i was almost 30 weeks along. I fell in love with them and never looked back.
The second delivery happened so quickly that we didn't make it to the hospital in time but I credit the midwives and our doula for giving us enough information prior to the birth to come out of the experience safe and healthy. I joke that I only had a third child because I missed seeing my midwives - two years after my second kiddo, the third was born. This time around, it went more like I'd hoped - two hours of active labor, no meds or trauma. The tub was great and the two L&D nurses (Collette and Nancy) were proponents and students of natural birth - Collette teaches a prenatal med-free labor class at the hospital. They worked so well with Laura Denman and a student midwife, plus my doula and husband. I called them the Dream Team because they were all amazing, following my lead and together we did an incredible thing.
The aftercare was great, too. I don't know if it's because I was under the care of midwives or because it was my third kid but they left us pretty much alone, other than the usual vitals checks. When the midwife on call came in, it was just like a visit from an old friend. We would chat, she would make sure I was recovering nicely, and then we would chat some more.
I'm done having babies but really miss seeing the midwives. I still go there for my yearly checkups which I look forward to every year. I'm Facebook friends with two of them, though, so I get to "see" them that way. Occasionally, I have other business at the hospital and will bump into one of them - they remember me by name, even though I'm one of countless faces they see each year, and give me a hug and stop to talk. The rest of the office staff is great, too - front desk, intake nurse, you name it, they're all warm and caring while still being professional.
I can also highly recommend Denise Stuart, the lactation consultant at Valley. She also teaches the prenatal breastfeeding classes and runs a weekly drop-in playgroup at the hospital, too. She is so fantastic as a resource for all things baby. I met a great group of people through the drop-in group when my oldest was born seven years ago and we still keep in touch. And Denise came to see me in the hospital after my second and third babies were born, officially as the LC but mostly to catch up. We are also Facebook friends. :)
So, in short, I have had great birth experiences at Valley and could not love the midwives (or lactation consultant) more. Best of luck - I hope you are able to find some peace so you can focus on your and your baby and the exciting adventure ahead.
Edited by aitchgeevee - 3/27/12 at 11:31pm