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#1 of 6 Old 02-14-2010, 11:55 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi there,
My husband and I just found out on Friday that we are expecting our first in mid-October. We recently temporarily moved to Cambridge, MA and are only here until the end of July. I'm looking for a midwife in this area that can work with us throgh 6 months (we'll look for another midwife in FL where I will be having the baby).

I was interested in the Cambridge Birth Center, but saw on a MDC search that some people did not like the high transfer rate/dotor attitude. Since I will not be delivering with them, I am not worried about the transfer rate, but want to have great quality midwife care while we're here. I am especially looking for a midwife that will ease my husbands slight concerns over a midwife vs. doctor.

I'd really appreciate any input, as we'd like to make an appointment as soon as possible. Thanks in advance!
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Hi BobbyJK!

Congratulations!

I think the Cambridge birth center midwives would be great under your circumstances, although I would not birth with them because of their unreasonable protocols for birth, I am sure their care is wonderful.

I would also recommend the care of a Certified Professional Midwife, if your insurance covers the cost (you can call and ask them). Their care is the most comprehensive with 45 min to 1 hour appointments, covering not only the usual measurements, fetal heart tones and blood-work, but nutrition, childbirth ed, talking about what's happening in your life, etc.

You will find a list of midwives here www.massmidwives.org. I know and have personally worked with Tara and Audra who are wonderful and in your area.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy your pregnancy!
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Harvard Vanguard has good midwives.

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Oh, I forgot, regarding your husbands hesitancy, I would recommend getting PUSHED by Jennifer Block for him to read, also/or THe Business of Being Born, a documentary by Ricki Lake, which can be rented from Netflix or the library. Has he/you read Ina May Gaskins books? THey are wonderful too!

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Thanks everyone! We have watched The Business of Being Born and I've read a lot of books over the past year or so in preparation for this pregnancy. He knows that I have researched a lot and randomly have told him some amazing facts on birth history etc, and feel most comfortable with a midwife. I think he is pretty much OK with it too, but he probably needs to do some of his own reading and I think after meeting a midwife (and hearing my best friend tell us about her current OB experiences) he'll be 100% on board with it.

I was also looking at the Mt. Auburn midwives who people on MDC seem to have had great experiences with. Anyone have direct experience there?
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I was at Mt Auburn with DD, and they have quite a few midwives. You could definitely find someone that you'd like depending on what kind of personality, then again finding that person could take the whole 6 months with only one visit a month! I liked Sharon, Deb Gowen, and ack dd woke up

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