Kate Saumweber was present at the birth of my son (and many of my pre- and post-natal apointments) back when she was still a Midwife Assistant at Health Foundations Birth Center. I absolutely loved her! I thought she was wonderful, very calm and knowledgeable and just lovely to be around.
I had my son at a free standing birth center (Health Foundations Birth Center in St. Paul), and am going through them again for my current pregnancy, for which I'm planning a home birth. I can't say enough good things about Health Foundations. I'd suggest checking them out if you're interested; you can still have a home birth, but you would have your prenatal apointements there. They're located in a gorgeous old house turned birth center on Grand Ave. http://health-foundations.com/
Mom of two amazing boys: (9/14/10) and (7/8/12) Married to my best friend
I used Trilium - Clare and Emme for my son. And would recommend them as well as Health Foundations Birth Center and Morningstar birth center - if you're looking for a center option as well.
Amy - mama to dd 2/2007 and ds who arrived 2/2010 my VBAC
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So glad you included Jenny Hall in your search! Jenny and Maureen Dahl were my midwives last December (2011). I saw Jenny for all of my appointments and she was at the birth. She is sweet, calm, knowledgeable, organized!, and easy to be with. I would recommend her.
We have been using Erika this pregnancy and it's going really well so far. We had a planned homebirthwith our last pregnancy that failed and it ended up being a very bad experience (and it appears that person is no longer a HB midwife.) I'm almost to the third trimester and with things going so well with Erika, I can now see how bad they were actually going during my last pregnancy. I don't have any complaints so far. Erika will really listen to your preferences and communicates well with you, which I appreciate. My friend used Erika for a successful VBA2C and had a great birth experience. Good luck on your search!
I am not sure when you posted this, so maybe you have already decided on a midwife, but I am friends with Aly Folin - it's strange to see her name on here. I haven't personally used her, but many of my friends have. I know that she is a compassionate individual with lots of experience and knowledge. Good Luck
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Just fyi, Rolla Crandall helped my son come into the world at home 16 years ago and I remain grateful to her. I would recommend her to anyone. At that time she also worked as a doula with women giving birth in hospitals. She's in the northwest part of the Twin Cities.