I've already posted about my frustration with my insurance company in another thread, but basically, for financial reasons I think Im going to have to go for a hospital birth. (We're still trying to see if we can make a HB or birthing center happen, but it's not likely)
Anyway, from reading all the reviews here, Im pretty sure I would go with a midwife at St Joes. I'd love to go with one from Generations, but they're too far from me (we don't own a car) so I would go with the HealthEast team on Grand.
This is my second pregnancy, so I pretty much know what I want and don't want... Calm would be my key word.
I have a few questions for those of you who delivered with a midwife at St Joes...
Did the midwife actually spend some time with you during your labor? Or only the nurse? (I know it would be whichever MW is on call that day, unfortunately...)
Were you able to have the baby's heart monitored through a doppler instead of being strapped (even intermitently) to a monitor?
For second time moms (or more) did you have to stay 24-48h post partum? I know I'll just be dying to get back home to my then 17 month old son...
I've also read about the childbirth collective, which sounds like a good place to start to find a doula... Again, for financial reasons, im not sure hiring a doula is do-able... What's the average cost of a doula in St Paul? Would the childbirth collective be able to direct me to a doula in training (hopefully would charge less?)