pregnant with #2 and am looking for a new OB/gyn - someone who can deliver at UMass and who is supportive of VBACs. Also, any doula recs would be greatly appreciated! I have a couple names from Mothers & Co but thought I'd ask here as well.
I am also a doula and live in Worcester. I am very friendly with MOCO and have facilitated classes there in the past. If you would like help finding a doula let me know.
FWIW, I would always want a doula on hand at a hospy birth no matter how good the OB is.
Kara, SAHM to two wonderful boys (7/08 & 5/10)
Hey Kara! Yes Joyce does do doula work also. We often work together and also do backup for each other as doulas.
P.S. You were amazing!
Carol was at my homebirth as well, and was also great!
Kara, SAHM to two wonderful boys (7/08 & 5/10)
Avoid Dr. Farricy and Dr. Leiman. They missed a breech position with my first until I was 7 centimeters and I ended up with an emergency c-section.
pjsmom30 - That's EXACTLY what happened w/my first birth - missed breech until pushing/emergency cesarean Just wondering if you mean that happened to you/those Dr.s are @ UMASS or St. Vincents? I hear that's VERY rare (maybe that's just what they say) - SO SORRY it happened to you too ♥
Catherine traditional Catholic mama to wife to an amazing man.
**Also - if ANYONE knows/can confirm the St. Vincents question - whether it's true that Midwives only catch M-F 8-5 or so /otherwise you'd have an OB for delivery - that would be GREAT!
Reasons for transport can vary. Transports happen because mom is totally wiped out from a long labor and wants to go in for pain relief and some rest before having to push her baby out. This can work well if the other option is that she is too exhausted and can't push and then has a surgical delivery.
If the baby has late decels and is showing signs of stress then a transport would happen.
If the water broke and there was very thick meconium and birth was not happening at that moment.
Sometimes babies try to come out in a funky position like ear first, tilted head, or they have a short cord etc and as strong as mom is and comitted to homebirth it is just not working. It is nothing mom has done wrong and we sometimes don't have answers but we go in while mom and baby are healthy before it comes to the point that the baby is not happy or mom has such a tired uterus that she bleeds too much.
Hope some of that helps.
I'm starting to meet with doulas today and appreciate all the names! I'll let you know who I end up with!
I'm trying to find a doula who can assist me with a VBAC at Umass. Can someone PM me the info of these recommended doulas please?
Also does Umass have water tubs that you can use during labor?
Thanks for your help.
NO birth tubs at UMass but the nurses do encourage showers for warm water therapy, you can sit on a chair or ball in the shower. (Bring your own ball b/c they can't keep track of theirs) IF I really wanted a tub for relaxation... think about setting up one at home to help with early labor. As long as you are low risk and your membranes are not ruptures staying home where you can be comfortable is better. As for Joyce, Carol and Alexis Topham I would recommend to anyone for doula support or as midwives. I do like Dr. Osterhaus and Dr.Klein for VBACs .
Sarah- wife to one handsome man, mama to three bouncing children and carrying #4!
I am a Certified birth doula, placenta encapsulation practitioner, Certified lactation Counselor, Evidence Based Birth education Instructor, and offer birth pool rentals. MMA Basic Midwifery course graduate. I'm always happy to discuss birth wishes and how doula service may help you on your path to parenthood.
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