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#1 of 5 Old 03-12-2012, 07:57 PM - Thread Starter
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I just found out that i'm about 5 weeks pregnant with my third child. The first delivery I have was vaginal with pain meds, the second was an emergency c-section due to fetal distress because the doctor artificially broke my water. I do not want to have another experience like that, so this time I want to take control and do a natural vaginal delivery. However, I'm finding it hard to find a good place that doens't let doctors interfere unnecessarily. I've looked at Princeton Midwifery Care and Lawrence Midwifery Associations. Now both of these places have mixed reviews, and I don't know where to go. I've also heard of a place called Midwifery Care Associates in Pennington. Does anyone know of these places, I need advice! Thanks!

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no worries, you have plenty of time to find what u r looking for.  read all you can on natural birth and by the time you go into labor you will be filled with confidence and knowledge to have the baby your way.  maybe you can contact a doula who can help better direct you.  feel free to join our group on facebook,  lots of good resources there including recommended reading and videos etc

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The Midwifery Care midwives do operate very independently.  You have to have an appointment with the hospital perinatologist to go over risk factors but that's about it.  The back up doctors are the covering doctors at the hospital that have no desire to get involved with you unless you present with an issue so it's not really a problem to birth naturally. I was admitted one night at 37 weeks and technically under both the midwife and one of the back up doctors.  He never even came by (so the docs are definitely hands off)!  LOL!  


  I labored for 17 hours with them for my VBAC.  The hospital was very hands off.  My 3rd baby was breech so I had to consult wihh the perinatologist again.  He offered me absolutely no options other than repeat c-section. I decided I wasn't driving an hour for another c-section so I switched at the last minute but my case is definitely the exception!


MCA does a free consult - I'd call them soon b/c they can fill up! 

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Don't know if this would be too far; sounds like you're in Bucks near the bridges/river.  I used Valley Birth Place with my 1st & had an overall good experience.  As a VBAC, they'd have to deliver you at Montgomery Hosp in Norristown.  The hosp wasn't the greatest & looked to need some attention to maintenance, etc, but the nurses were overall okay.

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Unfortunately, I can't afford to go with an out of network provider :( But I found two place that have midwives that my insurance does cover. There's Princeton Midwifery Care and Lawrence Midwifery Associates. Does anyone know anything about these places, or perhaps which one that has less intervention from the doctors?


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