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#1 of 7 Old 10-11-2008, 11:35 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi everyone, I'm still kind of new around here. I mostly just lurk around the pregnancy and childbirth boards. I'm expecting my first in April after UPing which will be a UC.

For anyone who has been there, done that, what were your experiences with getting the birth certificate? Should I really just suck it up and and offer up my arm to the vampire to get that piece of paper certifying that I am indeed pregnant? Or will the paper not make one wit of difference in the long run? I think I remember seeing a UCer who said that CPS does a home visit, is that correct?

I know my employer requires me to be "cleared" before returing from medical leave, will any old doctor write me a piece of paper for that? Sorry if that seems like a dumb question, I've *really* avoided doctors for a while now and haven't had a good experience with one in a long time. In the off chance someone has taken maternity leave with the same employer, I work for Northrop Grumman.

Baby will probably be born in Baltimore City, although it could very well be Baltimore county (south of the city) if we haven't moved by that point. Any thoughts on backup hospitals if I wind up being one of those unlucky few who needs to transfer?
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Hi there. I'm a doula in Balto. City.

Mercy Medical Center is affiliated with a local CNM practice and has waterbirth tubs. Their OB/GYN director gave a quote to the City Paper supporting home birth for low-risk women. Their C/S rate is about the national average.

St. Joseph's Medical Center is also affiliated with a CNM practice. I don't know what their C/S rate is.

I've heard that University of Maryland Medical Center has staff that is supportive of natural birth.

Greater Baltimore Medical Center has a C/S rate over 40%. Yikes!

Good luck with your birth!

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I UC'd after UPing. We live in the city. After the birth, a nurse came out to fill out a form. Since only my husband, children, and I were present, she asked for two references of people who knew that I was pregnant. I gave her two friend's names. I never needed a doctor's note or a pregnancy test for the birth cert.

I remember having to call around quite a bit to get the right agency. It wasn't CPS. It was an office in the health department. I was told that in the future, just call 311 and ask for a nurse in the health department to come out to do the paperwork on your homebirth.

She didn't ask to see the baby, but did notice the baby's head popping out of the sling and that he was nursing. A friend of mine had a bit of a different experience with a different nurse. They don't need to touch the baby or take vitals or weigh or anything like that. They just need to fill out the form and send it on to the state.

Hope that helps.
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Apparently Maryland General Hospital also has a CNM program, whirlpools, and birthing tubs.
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Apparently Maryland General Hospital also has a CNM program, whirlpools, and birthing tubs.
Just wanted to add Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Harford County, to your list of hospitals with a CNM program & tubs. (I know the OP didn't ask for that.. but just wanted to add for future reference.) They won't let you deliver in the tub, but you can labor there. it JUST opened right before my DS was born (7/18/08).
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We UC'd in Balt Co and getting a birth cert was easy. A nurse came out and interviewed me and just visually looked over Abby. She asked a bunch of questions that some have complained were intrusive, but didn't bother me, therefore I don't remember them. I had seen a doctor (I used a doctor with my insurance) and just stopped going after 38 weeks because I had GD and I didn't want to deal with the "induction" talk. I don't remember if they asked who my doctor was.

The nurse said she almost never had to come out for homebirths, so she wasn't even all that familiar with the questions she needed to ask and the form. She was genuinely interested in my birth and she loved my maya wrap.

GL! You can PM me if you'd like
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Any doctor or midwife can see you for a postpartum checkup and release you to work. If you need someone to do that for you I would be willing. www.bayareamidwifery.com there is a contact me link there.
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