Hi, Jacquelinej! from what I understand, there is nothing that a birth center has that your average home birth midwife doesn't. Hopefully, other people who know more than I do can chime in, but my midwife who will be doing my home birth said that she always brings pitocin in case of a hemorrhage. She mentioned this to me because I'm a redhead and in her experience we're prone to that sort of thing.
Sorry, I moved it over here, off the intro forum....
I have no experience with a midwife or doula...I need a quick education. These options have never been available to me because of the medical issues surrounding my pregnancies. I am hoping it is an option this time, so the hemorrhage information was interesting. The last time I hemorrhaged I ended up in the OR, the OB couldn't stop the bleeding without cauterizing. It was rather scary and it happened so fast my husband did not even know until after. The doctor just ran out of the room pushing me down the hall. I had to sign authorizations in the OR just before I went under.
Anyway, what services can a midwife offer for a patient like me? Does anyone have any experience with emergencies and midwives? At what stage would the midwife say they can't take a patient?