I had the midwives at St. Mary's in Waterbury for my two pregnancies. My first birth was attended by Paula Cate at the birth center in the hospital. Ironically, it was the first time I'd even met her, as I'd never seen her during prenatal visits... and the pushing phase was a bit too coached for my taste, but it was my first time giving birth. I would have done better to meet every midwife that could be on call, but I didn't think of that. The actual birth was lovely though, very peaceful (minus the pushing stage, but the labor up to that point was excellent). My second birth was actually unattended, but I saw the midwives for prenatals and after the birth, and I have only good things to say about all of them. Maureen was especially helpful in everything I had questions with, and Jessica was a great advocate too to go between the OB's.
One problem with that, though. They are pretty much under the OB's guidance in all things. A few times my midwives were OK with fewer tests / interventions but when they tried to run it by the OB's the head OB's overruled them and I had to get the tests done after all.
: And if you don't fit certain criteria, I guess they can't let you into the birth center. However, if you're willing to be a good advocate for your rights on what tests to take or not, and you don't have any complications barring you from the birth center, it's a great place to go.
We also interviewed a homebirth midwife from New Haven, gosh, I don't even remember her name.
She seemed *great* but her fee was just way too high for it to be a feasible option to hire her.
I've also heard relatively good things about Norwalk hospital's L&D suite. They are supposedly very mother-baby friendly. However, the doctors there weren't very good about taking my complaints seriously. They are very mainstream medical minded, if you get my drift. I switched from them early in my first pregnancy after I was admitted to the ER for the SIXTH time in a month, with seizures from dehydration (hyperemesis). The OB's verdict? "Suck on lemon drops, that'll make the nausea stop." Umm. Yeah. I switched to St. Mary's and they actually took good care of me, got me a Zofran pump, and all the rest. I have only good things to say about them.