As you can see from my ticker, I am newly pregnant and looking into my options. I'm leaning toward PSBC, but it means crossing a bridge (the 520 bridge specifically)-- which I will do, but I wanted to know if anyone had any experiences with midwives from any of these groups.
Also, if you used the Swedish or UW Midwives-- how was the hospital part of it? Did you have to fight tooth and nail to have your wishes respected, or did you feel like the staff was somewhat used to dealing with clients that are birthing naturally? Were there birth tubs available? Were you able to have intermittent monitoring?
If anyone has any other Seattle area midwives that you recommend, please chime in!
She is a most fantastic certified nurse midwife who attends birth at home, birth centers and in the hospital (at Group Health, but you CAN NOT be a GH member...but other than GH, she takes most major insurance plans)
I LOVE PSBC!!!!! We used them for dd2 and dd3's births. AMAZING! Val Sasson was our midwife, and she is the most calming, professional yet warm, knowledgable, just all around wonderful to be around person ever!
We had dd2 at the birth center there in Kirkland, but dd3 at home. Both were fabulous!
I'd call and meet any and all midwives you are considering. One will just feel right to you.
I'd suggest a meet-and-greet will everyone, as Kirsten suggests. I personally love Andrea and Heike at PSBC - but it's all about fit with your midwife or midwives! You can try out the drive across the bridge.