I’m moving to Seattle next month! Ideally, I would have liked a homebirth or in a birth center. However, I’m at risk for preterm labor, so a practice group with OBs and midwives would make most sense. This way, I will be under OB care, and once I get to 37 weeks I can transfer to midwives and have a natural, no intervention birth.
Things that I most care about are:
– freedom to labor in position of choice
– supportive hospital environment for no interventions, no continuing monitoring, no pain meds unless requested
– delayed cord clamping
– immediate skin to skin; delaying baby checks for 1-2 hours, to allow bonding and latching/ nursing first; baby checks done in room with mom, not nursery
Other perks like waterbirth options would be good to have, but by no means required.
We’ll be in South Lake Union, so a close-by location would be preferred.
I’ll also take recommendations for pediatricians who are OK with a delayed/ selective vax schedule. Thank you!