I posted this in the rainbow thread but thought I would post out here as well:
Didn't think I'd write this but: my hospital is being super awesome! We can't go the midwife route because we've been put into the high risk category. We're at the super high risk hospital in Toronto (Canada's largest city) and I've been really worried about how to try for a natural birth at that hospital. A natural birth is very important to me for a number of reasons. In addition to it being better for the baby and bonding, I'm also very concerned about my mental health. I have a trauma history and a lot of it involves fixating on the medical experiences after the trauma which have been forever tied to trauma for me.
I met with the nurse practitioner from my OB team last week, she set me up with a social work appointment. Met with the social worker yesterday. She was amazing! She told me to stop worrying about the extra support person I want they'd make sure I got it. They also have peri-natal psychiatrists. Currently I'm waiting for an appointment with general psychiatry with my doctor's clinic, but the doctors can get me in faster with the peri-natal specialists and they specialize in pre and post natal and have three trauma specialists on staff. So I'll get psychiatric support from the same person throughout the pregnancy and after for post partum if I need it. They continue to be awesome because they actually have trauma nurse specialists. I'll be set up with one for the clinic who will help me write a birth plan (did I mention this hospital is fully on side with me writing a birth plan and encouraged me to get a doula!) and because it will be written by the nursing team they'll put it into my chart before I'm even admitted and it will follow me through admissions, triage, labour and post-partum. Also, they have trauma labour and delivery and post-partum nurses. They are arranging that I'll have one nurse throughout labour and I won't have residents coming in and out of the room or be put on nurse rotations. Same for post-partum I'll have one dedicated nurse both have trauma training.
I'm feeling so much better about a hospital birth now!