amazing to meet someone from benton! i don't live there now, but i grew up there, and lived there untill a little over 4 years ago. we come up all the time to visit the il's. how long have you lived there? we might even know each other. lol
anyway, i had both my kids at geisinger, first birth was awful awful. with my dd they had just finished the women's wing and it was sooo much better. i was seeing the midwives there, and elaine(not sure if she's still there?) delivered dd. it was a really nice natural birth. you're right in that they are a bit more mainstream than i would have liked too, they have to follow all the hospital procedures, but imo it's the best option around.
however, if you know what you want, and don't want, and discuss it ahead of time, they are pretty adaptable. i refused pretty much everything and had to sign tons of waivers, and had dr's comming in telling me my dd could die and all that, but if you know where you stand and don't let that bother you, it's not too bad. that was all after the birth though(just hospital stuff), the actual birth was great. i hate to go for a birth expierence that's just "not too bad", but when the other options are awful.... ya know.... ugh. stinks, but that's the area we live in!
i haven't looked into anything in williamsport, so you may find something up that way you're more comfortable with? not sure.
don't come to wilkes barre. lol that's where i am now, i'm also expecting my third(in july
), and the options here are not good.
i'm shooting for a home birth too, but dh is not comfortable with the idea(yet! i'm working on him!), so i may end up at one of the crappy hospitals up here. there aren't any midwives in this imeadiate area either. i think there is one an hour south and an hour north of me.
i have no idea if there are any home birth midwives who would be within driving distance of benton. i'd scope out the danville/williamsport areas, maybe. you're right in that there are no birth centers anywhere around here. i'm so sad about that. i just wish there were more options.
i'm hoping that at least if i end up in the hospital i can go as natural as possible and do a little educating in the process. lol
let me know if you want to chat more.