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Unfortunately, I had a bad experience with Avalon, similar to your experience. Water broken manually, pitocin, Cessarian. I was solicited to change my birth plan by my midwife. She broke my water without warning and three hours later told me I needed a little push (Pitocin). My midwife offering me Pitocin for no other reason than speeding along a delivery was never a situation I considered and wasn't prepared for. I agreed reluctantly because I felt very pressured. I felt like she wanted to get home before midnight and sure enough my daughter was born at 11:43pm.
My husband and I were left alone but we were ok with that because I had the feeling my midwife did not want to be there and was unfortunatly correct. I chose Avalon/Morristown because I also thought it would be a great combination but unfortunately it didn't work out. I hope what happened to me isn't the norm at Avalon. The reason I wanted a midwife was so that I could avoid this exact experience and I will seek out a midwife for my next birth experience because I know that this is an unusual situation for a woman to have while in the care of a midwife.
Cindy + DH Paul = DS1 (4/26/06), DS2 (11/30/07), DD (12/20/10) & surprise 4th edition coming in April 2014.
Bradley Method Natural Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Breastfeeding Counselor
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