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#1 of 8 Old 03-28-2013, 10:13 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi all,

I was a little more active on this Board a while back while TTC but became more reclusive after experiencing several losses.  After a very long journey, it looks as if we may have one that is sticking.  I am at 21 weeks today and praying that things continue to go well. 

 

Given our situation and the state in which we live, our lawyer has advised us to try to have the baby in DC where we can both be listed on the birth certificate. My age and history of losses risk me out of a midwife/ birth center, so I am looking for OB and hospital recommendations and any other guidance folks in the area might have. 

 

Please feel free to respond directly or PM me. Many thanks, in advance, for any suggestions!!


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Hi alphahen,

  I don't have any advice, but I wanted to say congratulations on being pregnant and at 21 weeks!  I've seen your name in the forums, but I wasn't here when you were around.  I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes by healthfully and peacefully.

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Congratulations on your pregnancy! I don't have much advice on OBs in DC (we used a homebirth midwife for our son and we're deciding between homebirth and the GW midwives for the next birth), but I wanted to respond. I'm not sure if there are any other DC people currently active on Queer Parenting. Have you also asked on the Maryland, Metro DC, Delaware forum? Good luck!

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If you haven't already checked in out, you might try this board

http://www.dcurbanmom.com/jforum/forums/list.page

 

It's definitely not crunchy, and sometimes mean, but they have a lot of reviews of DC providers.  Many DC people seem to like Wisdom Midwifery at GW, but I don't know if you would be able to get in there this late in your pregnancy. 

 

I'm assuming you could also do Maryland for the birth certificate?  Although obviously you won't want to travel too far.

 

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I agree that DCUM is useful, if often mean-spirited and ridiculously gossipy.

I just heard from a friend that Washington Hospital Center has some OBs who are very natural birth friendly. You may want to contact the midwives at Family Health and Birth Center and ask them for an OB recommendation, since they work closely with the OBs at Washington Hospital Center.

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Thank you so much for your kind words and recommendations.  I checked the DCUM Board and it is certainly is a wealth of information (although I also see what you mean about mean-spiritedness).  I look forward to checking into all of the resources you mentioned further.  

 

I also joined Rainbow families as another way of trying to access LGBT resources in the area.  I would be interested in your thoughts on this resource. 

 

Many many thanks again for your help!


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Rainbow Families is a great resource. They don't have a whole lot of activities for babies (although there is a baby/toddler playgroup that meets in NW DC, so maybe there is also one that meets in Virginia), but the discussions on the list are often interesting.

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Hi!  My son was born in DC while we lived in VA.  We accepted the fact that VA would probably never recognize our family status, and headed to DC instead.  We chose to use Sibley hospital, and found an OB practice in Falls Church, VA that delivered at Sibley.  It is totally do-able to give birth in DC if you are in NOVA.  At the time (2007), they didn't have parent 1 and parent 2 birth certificates, but now they do.  We have an amended one that lists both of us.  And here is a link my friend (also a VA resi/DC birth) posted on FB yesterday.  Good luck!

http://www.livesaymyers.com/dc-parentage-act-amendment/


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