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#1 of 5 Old 12-16-2011, 08:26 PM - Thread Starter
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I just found out that I'm pregnant, and I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for midwives in the Bay area? We live in Palo Alto, but haven't lived here for that long. I am very interested in having a homebirth (possibly a waterbirth), and I'd like the experience to be as free of interventions and other tests as possible. Any experiences or recommendations would be very welcomed!

32, married to DH, 35--expecting our first sometime around Aug. 20!

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#2 of 5 Old 12-17-2011, 12:15 PM
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Try this:  http://www.bayareamidwives.com/


You're looking for ones that say they serve the Peninsula. 


I haven't worked with any of those in particular, but I have interviewed Tanaya, and I've read a lot of Ronnie's website (she's well known in MW circles). 


As far as interventions, if you have any deal-breakers, ask on the phone.  Everything else can be discussed during the interview, but I haven't really had a problem with the MWs around here being willing to let me direct my own care.


I interviewed 8 or 9 MWs this pg, and I think 8 (different ones) my previous pg.  So don't feel bad about telling them you'll get back to them after interviews are done. 



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Hi I have heard good things about Judi Tinkelenburg. She used to be the midwife at Sage Femme in SF, but I believe she now just does homebirth.

Also my friend had a lovely, no intervention, cnm attended birth at Mills Peninsula a few months ago. Is that super far from Palo Alto??


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I can offer a NON recommendation. The name was Jeri and basically she accepted general MediCal and so we went with her. She left me alone at the hospital. Lied to me about some hospital policies (which the nurses on duty actually came to tell me the truth about) and made lots of threats. She also called an emergency c-section on me and thankfully, I pushed my baby out on the way to the section! She immediately after the birth, reached up and yanked up my placenta, causing 3 months of hemmoraging. And neglected to do her follow up appointment but still charged for it.


I had another friend who went with her who was also abandoned by her right at the endand ended up with a section, alone at the hospital. I have no idea if she is still in practice. I hear that she was very good, once. By the time I hired her, she seemed totally burned out. She straight up told me that she was tired and had things to do that day and simply would not be coming in to labor with me. :( Her practice was in San Francisco.

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