Hi ladies, I'm apologizing in advance for rambling, pregnancy brain has not been so good to me this week
I wanted to get some opinions from anyone who's given birth at Women and Infants' in Providence or Memorial in Pawtucket, or anyone who's homebirthed, for that matter. I'm due December 20 and although I would love a homebirth, money is really an issue and insurance will pay for a hospital birth, so it's looking like that's what I'll have to deal with.
I've been using the Center for OB/GYN for my prenatal care, but after talking with the CNM I've been seeing at my appointment yesterday I'm having second thoughts about sticking with them for the rest of my pregnancy.
There are only two CNMs at the practice and there is no guarantee that either of them will be on call when I go into labor, thereby preventing me from delivering in the ABC at W&I. There is at least one OB at the practice with whom I do NOT feel comfortable, I haven't met anyone else yet. I really don't want anyone messing with me while I'm in labor, no interventions etc., and the OB I saw didn't exactly reassure me that they'd respect what I want. I'm 22 and healthy, taking my prenatal vitamins, RRL tea, and have been doing some yoga as well. My baby girl has looked/sounded great at every visit so far, so barring any unusual unforeseen circumstances, I'm on track to have a pretty straightforward labor. Since I'll be delivering around the holidays, I'm pretty concerned about the possibility of being induced or told I need a C-section with no real medical necessity (ie, because the doctor just wants to get home to their family).
I'm debating whether it would be worth it at this point to try to switch providers, or if I'll encounter the same scenario anywhere I go. Mary Mumford-Haley and Deb Erickson-Owens are both listed as preferred providers for my new health insurance plan and I believe I've read good things about both of them on this board, as well as Memorial Hospital over Women and Infants'.
Too bad DH is going to be a nervous wreck, otherwise I'd seriously consider UC. I'm planning to read up on it anyway, maybe I'll be able to talk to him about the possibility of just staying home if everything's going well.
Anyway, sorry for the long post, I really just needed to talk out my situation and I'd love to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly about birth options in Providence/RI.