I was a first time mom and decided to go with a midwife (actually two) instead of my original thoughs of midwife in a hospital. The biggest factor in my decision was that I wanted those attending my birth to be people I knew and trusted, not whoever was on rotation that day! Anyway, I labored by myself until I was about 8 cm before calling my midwives. But I stalled out at 9 cm and I had gone 2 nights without sleep (a total of 48 hours), so my midwives suggested we go to the hospital before I got too exhausted to push when the time came. They said while they are the last people to recommend going to get an epidural, situations like mine are what they are made for. Even though we didn't like it, my husband and I completely trusted them. So I went in, but didn't have to get the epidural!!! I finally got past that last cm while there and pushed for two hours.
I had a cool OB first, but then there was a shift change and I got one that was really insecure about my midwives being there. Still, I turned to my midwives for help with every decision. They helped me push and they were my advocates when I wanted to go home right away and not have my baby checked in (to avoid eye drops, separation, etc). So while some things were less than ideal - the transfer, getting a dose of antibiotics while there, getting phentenel (sp?) in my attempt to avoid the epidural - I would do things exactly the same way again. I have positive feelings about my dd's birth and the midwives who helped me through it!
Zia+Lane+Sonora=Mi Vida Loca! :