We are moving from NC to Southern Maryland (St. Inigoes). I am 20 weeks pregnant. I have read the forums and have seen good things about BirthCare and Special Beginnings. I had my previous children with midwives (one medwife and the others midwives) in a supportive hospital setting. I desire a low intervention environment.
Any suggestions from those of you who have been in the area awhile?
I really appreciate your help.
Hi there from So. MD! (we're in Hollywood). If you want low intervention, I wouldn't suggest our area hospital (St. Mary's). Unless something has changed since I had my son, there aren't any midwife options in the area (BirthCare says they won't come this far for a home birth, though I do know of one mom who convinced them otherwise). I had my son w/Special Beginnings. I ended up having to transfer to the hospital (Anne Arundel Medical Center), and I was very happy with the care we received from both my midwives and the medical staff at AAMC. If we have any other children, I'll use Special Beginnings again. The only downside was it is a 1 hour & 15 min drive--or more--from our home. You can plan to tack on another half hour to that if you're traveling from St. Inigoes. I was comfortable with this (though it wasn't comfortable in the back of the car in labor on the way to the birth center! LOL!), but of course it's something you'll have to consider. If you have really fast labors it might not be an option for you.
Joey Pascarella is a home birth CNM in Southern Maryland. She would probably be the best option unless you drive to Special Beginnings or live within their So MD range (they do do there to some degree).
I also recommend Joey Pascarella of Sacred Journey Midwifery if you're considering homebirth. IMHO she's the best birthing option in all of MD & just so happens to be right in Southern MD.
Hi! I'm not sure if you still need info but I thought I'd put in my two cents worth. I live in Charles County and had my second with BirthCare at home. I highly recommend them. The 45 minute drive to my appointments was very much worth it...I've not heard any good things about the local hospitals. Good luck and let us know what you decide!
I didn't realize there was a homebirth midwife in Southern Maryland. Maybe I'll have to use her for baby #2!! Baby #1 is due in May and I'll be delivering at Special Beginnings, which I love. Great thread here with lots of good info!! Thanks ladies!