|View Poll Results: Who is handling your prenatal care and birth?|
|Me/My Partner (aka UC)||3||42.86%|
|Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 7. You may not vote on this poll|
I am under the care of an OB and Maternal-Fetal Medicine doctor for which I voted "other".
Jamie: Kinda crunchy, computer geeky, very blessed, attached mama to five
R (4/1997), A (6/2002), B (07/2007), K (06/09) & N (10/17/2011)
I stuck with my OB. He helped me with my infertility with DS2, and we work together professionally. We have a good relationship.
Wife to DH DS 98 DD 03 DS 09
She is here!!! Oct 5th!!!
I saw CNM's for my first pregnancy and was happy with them for the most part. However, after my induction (at 41+6) let to a c-section, they seemed doubtful of a successful VBAC. only reason given is that I didn't go into labor on my own within their timeframe. The OB that handled my c-section saw no reason for me not to have a successful VBAC with a subsequent pregnancy.
So I am seeing OB's - not the ones that did my c-section, I like him, however I just feel more comfortable in an all female practice. So far, so good. I think I got a little more personal attention with the CNM's, but since my goal is a VBAC I want a practice more open and supportive of my VBAC.
Katrina - Mama to Gabriel 11/20/2009 and Norah 10/11/2011- married to Wayne -  and now new baby Theodore born 3/11/13
The OB who delivered my last two children was diagnosed with breast cancer last year so I was prepared to go to a different doctor but I got a call last week that she is back!!! I'm SO excited. We had an appointment today and everything looks great. :D
Married to an awesome dh for 5 years. Sweetpea, our honeymoon baby! (06/07), Little man (04/09), and our newest little guy (10/11).
I was all set to go with awesome CNM practice, but after finding out about the twins, I now 'risk out' of my midwives and am under the care of an OB. I'm sad, but glad to be with a practice that handles lots of twins so I feel well-cared for. The OB practice deals with my midwives, so they have similar philosophies, which is nice.
Homebirth midwife here. She is a licencesed midwife, I believe in my state they all have to be liscenced. What is the difference between that an a lay midwife:?
nicole , mom to 3 boys here on earth 9, 7 and 4.5 and 2 girl's 2.5 and 10/16/11. Always remembering my babies in heaven: Sam (9/7/05) at 12.5 wks , Morgan (2/13/06) at 6 wks , Emeric (8/9/10 at 17 wks) and Pepper (11/26/10) at 8wks.
Licensed midwife, but I'm not "technically" using her ;) lol
Amy Lynn, Loving wife and mom to 3 sweethearts. Christopher (8/06), Katherine (10/08), and Matthew (09/11). 2 time VBAC Momma and NCB & BFing advocate.
I am currently with a family doctor practice with 6 doctors. I am hoping and praying that one of the midwives has a free spot opening before April 12 so I never have to see my dr again. That probably isn't going to happen so I'm just praying that someone opens up before the birth! I would switched to a licensed midwife, there are no (well there might be but they're way underground) unlicensed midwives where I live.
Canadian Mama to E 2yrs
Someone new coming October!
The latter two are both direct-entry midwives and I think "direct-entry" is sometimes used synonymously with "lay", but I meant to make a distinction between a certified and uncertified midwife.
I'm not entirely sure, but I'm imagining that ~pi's registered midwife is something like a CPM or LM in the US.
Licensed just means recognized by the state; certified means that you have met the requirements of an outside certification group (AMCB or NARM). Depending on state regs, a CNM as well as a CPM may be a Licensed Midwife. Direct-entry includes all midwives who are not nurses. That includes CPMs and lay midwives (who may not have undergone formal training). I think it would've been more helpful to subdivide into CNMs and CPMs.
A Canadian RM doesn't have an exact US equivalent--they are non-nurse midwives who handle births in home and hospital. They're more like Australian or British midwives in terms of training, though their scope of practice is a little different. A British midwife also does what we would consider to be obstetrical nursing jobs here in the US.
DD 01/2007, DS 09/2011
I'm confused though, didn't I differentiate between CNMs (nurse-midwives) and CPMs (certified/licensed midwives)?
ETA: Or did you just mean I shouldn't have lumped licensed in with certified, since either can be licensed?
I have a CPM, because that is who does homebirths in Colorado (and this is my first birth in Colorado). I might be happier with a CNM, simply because I like seeing a single person for all my needs (like prescriptions, birth control, well-woman checks), and I've only used CNM's in the past, but I'm also pretty hands-off with testing and interventions, so a CNM is a good fit in that regard.
SAHM to Melinda (Oct '03), Jacob (Aug '05), Alex (Apr '08), and Malcolm (Sept 29, '11)
Wife to my hubby and SAHM to two boys - DS1 (2) and DS2 (newborn). Forever missing our three angels in Heaven.