My family and I are hoping to move to the Carbon County area of Pennsylvania, and I am due in May. We are close to buying a house, so I think it would give us enough time to move in and get adjusted before the new addition comes.
I am saddened by the lack of birth centers in the area, however. As it is now, we live in Schuylkill County and drove 45 minutes for our last delivery with a midwife in a good hospital. If we went to a birth center from Carbon County, the drive would be more than twice as long and I only had a seven hour labor the first time.
I would have a homebirth if we could afford it and had a good hospital nearby, but both of those situations are not in our realm of reality right now.
It looks like I will be delivering at Lehigh Valley Hospital, which is known to treat high risk pregnancies. I am concerned about the philosophies of the medical staff there. They do have midwives that can provide prenatal care and delivery, but I don't know how pro-natural childbirth they are.
Is anyone here familiar with this area of Pennsylvania? If so, know any good midwives with hospital privileges? Also, any and all advice and suggestions is/are welcome. I have been out-thought before, won't be surprised if it happens again! LOL.
You might have more luck posting in the Finding your Tribe section.
I used to follow the blog at Knitted in the Womb - she's a doula and childbirth educator in the Lehigh Valley:
Married to C August 2007. Son Ian born October 2008. Son Owen born December 2010. Daughter Naomi born October 2012.