Hi, everyone! I'm new here but have been reading a lot of threads and it seems like there are people here with really great advice. My husband and I are in the process of choosing a hospital for the birth of our first child, and it's definitely been more difficult than I thought it would be!
At first I was sure I wanted either Saint Joes or U of M. Well, St Joe's isn't in network with my insurance, so sadly that is out. And from reading the other threads, I see that at U of M most of you recommend having a midwife, and that if you have an obgyn they are not necessarily the one who will be delivering your baby, it is whatever obgyn is working/on call at that time. Which makes me quite nervous, and I'm hoping for a natural birth, so it sounded like a midwife was the way to go. Well, problem number two - my insurance covers U of M and midwives...but there are no midwives in my network that have privileges at U of M. I am SO frustrated!
So then I started looking at Toledo hospitals (I'm located in Monroe, so pretty much between Ann Arbor and Toledo), and I like the look of St Luke's and St Vincent - but I don't know anyone who has been to those hospitals so I know nothing beyond what they tell you on the website.
The main things I'm looking for are to have everything happen in the same room as much as possible (an LDRP would be perfect, but I'd be okay with an LDR too), I'd prefer a hospital with tubs available - I don't want a water birth but I'm interested in using one to help with labor pain, and then my last request is where it usually gets tricky...I have a total phobia of needles and want to avoid having them in me as much as possible. No epi, I'd love to have no IV, which generally people laugh when I say that, but U of M and St Joes websites both say that if you're able to stay hydrated on your own and don't take pain meds that they will allow you to not have one. None of the Toledo hospitals mention it at all.
So what do you guys think? Should I go with U of M even though I can't have a midwife and hope that an obgyn will still accommodate my wishes? If so, any recommendations on obgyns there? Or has anyone has a good experience giving birth at another hospital that you think I should look into?