|Do any of you know if NY midwives can attend an HBAC? I can't seem to get an answer on that one.
Yes, I know of a midwife near me who was going to do a HBAC for a friend of mine. Long story, but because of complications during late pregnancy they did decide to do the birth in the hospital, and it was a successful VBAC, but the midwife was willing to try before it became too risky.
|I live in Binghamton and we have no homebirth midwife within an hour drive. My midwife came down from Ithaca. Maybe there are more in NYC and other downstate areas. There ARE midwives, but just not many homebirth midwives.
Neat, did you use Monica? She's my midwife!
Anyway, it's crazy, there are 3 homebirth midwives (that I know of) in the Ithaca area, but apparently none others between Binghamton and Syracuse. I know when I was interviewing one of them mentioned that it was nice that we have so many choices nearby, because they get clients driving to appointments from 1-2 hours away just to have a homebirth.
But yes, to answer the original question, HB is definitely legal in NY, and it seems like there are lots of options near the city (even if your choices upstate are more limited).
I don't know about vax laws because right now we are "indefinitely delaying" and DS has not started school yet... although I do know some friends from playgroup who have not vax'd and did not have a problem claiming religious exemption.