As I mentioned in the fertility forum, my boyfriend and I are trying to have a baby. Because of some medical problems I have, I know that I will be labeled high risk right off the bat. After all, I don't know of too many people with spinal cord injuries that are labeled low risk (even people with low level SCI's).
I can't stand hospitals, due to being in and out of them a couple years ago for surgeries (some were emergency surgeries). Plus, after watching the movie "The Business of Being Born", I really hate how women are treated when they are a high risk pregnancy. I don't want to be treated like a medical experiment.
I was wondering if midwives and doulas help out women who are labeled high risk, even though they are healthy? Despite having gastroparesis and a L 4/5 spinal cord injury, I am perfectly healthy otherwise. Do some midwives make exceptions?
I am automatically considered high risk also. You'll have to see a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. That doctor will monitor you and your baby's progress. You can also ask that doctor to decide if it would be safe for you to birth outside a hospital. If so, that doctor can write a letter to lower your risk for a birthing center or wherever.
I am not high risk, but I know that there are midwives that will deliver twins, breech babies, older moms, etc. which would all be considered high risk.
It is really at the discretion of the midwife. I'm sure colorbywords gave you better advice. I hope you are able to find a midwife!
Ellie, partner (12.2.08), mommy to E (7.5.10) & my Baby Belugas H & L (2.25.13)
Good luck! Good ob's do exist too. Keep searching.
Just wanted to chime in as a Doula here to tell you that a Doula will support ANY woman, no matter whether she is low risk, high risk, home birth, hospital birth, short, tall...you get the picture :)
A Doula could be very helpful for someone in your position, to help you navigate the system, to help you create the birth space you desire with what you have to work with, to support you on the journey no matter how bumpy the ride. I would highly suggest interviewing some doula's who deal specifically with high risk women as they will have lots of experience with various aspects of high risk care.
Good luck :)
Mommy, Wife, Birth Doula, Breastfeeding Counsellor.