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#1 of 4 Old 08-15-2013, 12:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I would love to hear first hand recommendations of midwives that serve the upper valley and any info on how insurance works here and if it's better to use a NH or VT midwife for those reasonings. (I believe both states mandate homebirth coverage??)

 

I was a little stunned to do a search and I came up with 3 options - 2 in NH and 1 in VT - all nearly an hour away from me, I believe.

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Hi, are you looking to have a home birth? I'm not sure of any in the area that actually do them. I am *pretty* sure that one near Keene does but that is a bit of travel if you have fast labors. 

 

I am in Claremont and use the midwives at APD. I like them ok. They don't bat an eye when I talk about not vaccinating. They automatically do things like delayed cord clamping and are very pro breast feeding. What I don't like is that sometimes they are a little "by the book." Such as, I have GD and am on meds. They say that they WILL induce me by 39 weeks because I am on meds. I have an nst and an u/s every week. I don't see why we can't let baby stay put if he is doing well. 

 

I have a friend who is using the birthing center in Keene, she seems to really like them. Hth!

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Thanks for the response! And congratulations on your newest bean!

I'm in Sharon, so, yes, Keene would be too far. I was surprised to see so few home birth midwives are in this area and wondered if CNM's are used more often - although, I don't know how to begin searching them out! Part of my problem is that we just moved here, so I don't know the geography very well here! haha - i just discovered there is a midwife a town over from me. A lot still depends on our personal chemistry, so we'll see...

 

I love to hear about hospitals that support things like delayed cord clamping and such! I'm a doula and it's a good indication that moms can take a lead in that type of an environment. 

 

Hope I'm not overstepping my boundaries, but I thought I'd share this link in regards to your GD point. 

 

It's a personal decision, but I'm a believer of moms being totally on board with their care and agreeing to it - not being "told" how it will happen. this of course, requires informing one's self, but that's a good thing :) 

 

Thanks again for reaching out and taking the time to respond. We are still settling in, but if it's ok - I might message you with questions about the area as they come up if that's ok!! 

 

http://evidencebasedbirth.com/does-gestational-diabetes-always-mean-a-big-baby-and-induction/

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Thanks! I'm really not thrilled with the induction talk. I hope that if baby is doing well that i can convince them to let me stay put. With dd2 i did have to be induced early. My fluid was low, which is the sign of an aging placenta. However, i walked in at 5cm. They broke my water and i had her two hours later. My first labor was similar, except i was past 42 weeks and i had her in four hours.
I'm just praying that he'll come on his own. I've stated red raspberry leaf tea and will orally start evening primrose oil at 36 weeks.
I would maybe look more on the Vermont side for a mw. You maybe able to find one father North. I can ask around for you too!: )
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