So we just moved to the DC area and we are wayyyy out in Manassas:O I am having so much trouble finding what I need without having to drive 40 min to an hour. I really need some good recommendations for a midwife that works out of a good hospital. I don't know anyone out this far so I can't get any advice from trusted friends which is what I usually go on. I've only heard bad things about Potomac, so so things about Prince William and good things about Fairfax hospital. Anyone have advice on which hospital is the best to have a baby at and a midwife that works out of one?
It’s still about a 40 minute drive for you, but I would recommend the Loudoun Midwives at the Inova Loudoun Birthing Inn, if you’re looking for a hospital birth.
If you would consider a birth center, Peggy Franklin/Birth by Design is opening one in Chantilly this summer. That would be much closer for you.
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Thanks so much!!! That looks like exactly what I would want:) I'm very pro-home birth/pro-midwife but had a very, very bad/scary experience trying a home birth with my first son. So now the most I would try is a birth center which is most certainly my preference. I checked the distance for Loudoun Midwives and it's over an hour from my address - not ideal but definitely going to check it out along with the one opening this Summer. I appreciate your help!
I second the Loudoun Midwives if you are looking for a midwife-attended birth in the hospital. It is the only option in any proximity to Manassas. The other options in the DC metro area are in DC and Rockville MD respectively, both much further from you than Loudoun. Also, my research (copious) suggests that Loudoun is the best hospital in NoVa for natural birth -- they have telemetry monitors, the only hospital that does so, and because of the Loudoun Midwives they see NCB all the time. Fair Oaks would come in second for natural birth, with Fairfax a distant third. (In terms of hospitals proximate to you, not that Fairfax is really that proximate, lol ... I have heard good things about VHC in Arlington and Inova Alexandria but both of those are way too far). Prince William can be okay for NCB, but they have this stupid separation policy that was a dealbreaker for me. There is a definite paucity of hospital midwifery options around here.
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Just in case anyone pulls this out ;)
I had my littlest at NoVa Landsdowne with the midwives. I loved them. I had a complicated situation (I had 13 kidney stones..) and had to be induced. Regardless of that, Paula was super supportive in the end and helped me to get the most gentle induction without pain medication. While it wasn't the ideal situation, I felt like they really worked with me to be able to get a memorable and amazing birth in spite of the situation.
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