I love Kathy Hindle, CNM (Midwifery Traditions). Her # is 215-249-9646. She delivered both of my babies at home.
Look into Hypnobabies too. I am currently doing the home study program and have hear many positive things about it assiting during delivery.
Janet Cappetta - New Day Birth Services is based in Marlton New Jersey and does home births! She has been a doula for years before becoming home birth certified. She is wonderful, I've attended two births with her. Also, there is another new midwife in Delaware who might do NE Philly births - Laura Cochran - Sunrise Midwifery (http://www.sunrisemidwife.com/about.html). Laura was working with Karen Webster of WomanWise Midwifery before striking out on her own after her apprenticeship was done. She was the catcher for birth of my last daughter. She was also really wonderful... very attentive, loves children, has always known what she wants to do, has passion, discipline and drive... really can't stay enough good about her!
another vote for Christy and Motherland Midwifery. I had my HB with her and Carrie - they were fantastic!
I think Valley Birthplace would be a wonderful option for you - you can decide whether to use the Birth Center or HB option with them later on, without switching practices. Good experienced, personal care, several of my friends have used them. Should be far for you from the NE.
Thank you everyone! I am now 16 weeks pregnant and I picked Valley Birthplace because 1.) The location. It's only 25 minutes from my house. and 2.) I liked having the option of HB, BC or hospital. I am leaning towards going the birth center because they have nice tubs! But HB keeps popping into my head too :)
Congrats on your decision!! I can't say enough wonderful things about Barbara and Melicia!
Natural Parents Network has a lot of resources for how to prepare for birth and beyond. You can check it out here. Congrats! I hope you have a wonderful experience!
Just to let you know...to my knowledge Valley Birthplace has decided to stop offering the homebirth option. I am now deciding to either stay with them and use the BC or try to find a HB midwife.