Just found out we are moving to the Acton, MA area in the next month. I am 20 weeks along with my 2nd (1st born naturally at a hospital). I have amazing care here through WISDOM midwifery at GW Hospital, but I don't even know where to start looking in the greater Boston area. Heck, I don't even know what to call the area we are moving (it isn't metrowest is it? sort of north of that?)... I am lost. Will consider OBs who are natural birth friendly, midwives in a large birth center or hospital setting... and I have no idea how far I will end up traveling to get that care but maybe going into Boston isn't out of the question?
Thank you SO much for any and all advice, I am overwhelmed!
Hey there! We are recent Acton residents as well- welcome!! I've done some research on birth options here- and there's actually a freestanding birth center less than an hour from here in NH- forget the name off the top of my head but a quick Google would locate it. There's also Cambridge Birth Center (but there's the high transfer rate to Cambridge Hospital across the street to consider.)
Another thing to consider- I had my first at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, which isn't too far from Acton (though I was coming from the South Shore at the time!) with the midwives there, and it was a great experience- considering what I knew then. Now I would probably go for homebirth or shoot for the freestanding center in NH- but at least there are options!
Congrats and good luck!
Thanks for the advice! My midwives here just recommended NWH to, so although it may be a haul (we are getting further out towards Harvard/Ayer as we look at towns) I think it could work. As long as I make our prenatal roadtrips and adventure for the 2 year old, and have a plan for getting closer to the hospital in early labor so I'm not on the road right before transition (like last time!) it shouldn't be an issue. I've got a few months to make sure this will work. Thanks again!
I just had a baby attended by one of the midwives at AFA OB/Gyn. They operate out of Emerson Hospital. Totally natural-birth friendly...I didn't even have a hep lock put in, was only checked for dilation at my request, etc. I had my first child using a different practice group (but also at Emerson), and I know people who have used the other group, too. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions at all about Emerson or the Acton area.
grateful mama to DD1, born before the robins came, 2010. excited to welcome a little man into the world in early February 2012!