Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Southeast Detroit area, MI
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I have been lurking through the posts here regarding this and other topics already. I found that most of the posts are older so I decided to open a new one.
My first pregnancy ended up 7 weeks early at Providence in Southfield in 2008. I was laboring 3 days lying on my back in the hospital with contractions every 2-3 minutes for all three days and nights before they decided to do a c-sec on day 4... I wish I would have known back there about midwifes and doulas in the US. I am from Germany and the midwife and doctors work well together over there, where the mom is actually the focus point... My girl was born just fine and was only 5 days in the NICU. It took me months to recover from the c-sec plus my cycle has never been the same ever since.
Fast forward, changing diet, getting acupuncture and having overall healthier lifestyle, I am now at 25 weeks along and I am really hoping I can have a VBAC. I am not against c-sec but I do not want this as a primary choice, more like a back up plan. I want to try everything possible to avoid it but if not possible, I would have to go with it.
My ObGyn is with Beaumont. He says I could try for VBAC but we do not know yet if my cut was vertical or horizontal. However, we are still waiting for the documents from Providence to be sent to my obgyn. He said that Beaumont Royal Oak offers the VBAC options. But, they do not allow midwifes. I was told I could have a doula...
I am trying to discover my options regarding hospital. I am afraid that the VBAC option at the hospital is still very much doctor/medicine oriented and not centered on natural birth. I have read on the forum here recommendation for UoM and Henry Ford in West Bloomfield.
Can anyone tell me if they work with outside midwifes (not their own)?
Are there any birth centers that are close to the hospitals you can recommend?
And last question - who can recommend a VBAC and breech experienced midwife and doula in southeast MI? I have called Kate Mazzara's office, left a voice message and also contact her via their website contact form but have not received any response yet. It has been like 1.5 weeks ago.
I also called Courtney Grabowksi and left a message but my call was not returned yet. I just tried the New Moon Midwifery in Ann Arbor and actually got an appointment next week.
I would really appreciate any advice on the hospitals and midwifes and doulas as I probably would need all three of them...