We recently moved to the Saint Croix Falls, WI area from Minneapolis, and I was going to start prenatal care this week at LifeCircle Birth Center in Shell Lake. They have just this week decided to not take any new clients, and because I was a new client (I'm 19 weeks along, but was just beginning care with them) they canceled me. (No money had yet exchanged hands, and the owner is going through a lot of personal stuff, so it really was just my being caught in the middle of bad timing; I am not trying to say anything negative about them.)
I was recommended to see Erin Kasper-Frett/EarthMother Midwife, out of Ellsworth, WI. But, that is a long way for me to drive - 1 1/2 hours one way, and I have 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 year old children, so this is not ideal for me. The assistant/student midwife from Full Circle who I was going to see most of the time, Nicole, said that she will be working with Erin Kasper-Frett, and she recommends her.
I just found online that there are other midwives in Shell Lake, Lindy Berg and Laura Casey/The Midwives of Shell Lake. That's about it for my options, as far as I can find. I need to go to someone now - as I mentioned, I'm 19 weeks, and just want to have this part figured out...again. Can anyone tell me about either Lindy Berg/Laura Casey or Erin Kasper-Frett? I've searched them both on MDC and only saw a little info on Erin (some info from a friend of hers) and no info on the others.
Or, are there any midwives with practices North of the Cities? (It's about a 45 minute drive to Forest Lake for us.)
I am about ready to just go through one of the local hospitals! I know of women who have had no trouble having natural births there. Our firstborn was in a hospital, St Joes in St Paul, and it was a positive experience...except for the pushy staff in the days following the birth! We had our second at home, and would like to do that again, but at this point I just need to see someone; I'm about ready to go to anyone!!
Although, my husband and I are DIY-type people, maybe we'll just do it ourselves. (OK, not really; awesome for those of you who do it! I stand in awe! But not for us.)
Edited by Christalena - 5/3/12 at 11:39am