I'm looking for a midwife that is either a CPM or CNM in the twin cities area (Minneapolis/St. Paul). I'm interested in finding someone who is very "middle-grounded," meaning someone who isn't too extreme either way as far as interventions are concerned. Someone who will let me catch my baby myself if I'm feeling confident, but will also support preventative safety measures like GBS testing and 20 week ultrasound to rule out possible homebirth complications. I already have my heart kind of set on someone, but I would LOVE to hear other people's experiences/opinions.
There are lots of great midwives in MN. I used http://www.helpinghandsbirthservices.com/ Nickie Kerrigan is pretty hands off and I didn't do any GBS testing or the 20 week ultrasound but I I did get late term u/s when needed during both pregnancies. But I know she encourges you to follow your intuition and if you felt like you wanted more testing or a more hands on approach she would respect that.
Her apprentice Rebecca Polston was awesome too and is now working with http://www.northstarmidwifery.com/about.html
They were both involved in my first pregnancy and I had a tough time deciding between the 2 when I got pregnant again.
There is a group on facebook for mn homebirth that has some other resources and you might get more responses.
https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/125842887597847/ just in case you're interested :)
I'm working with Aly and Rebecca, who are both CPMs, with Northstar Midwifery for this pregnancy and have had a wonderful experience with them. They are well-connected in the community and are strong advocates for informed consent. They offer, but do not require, all the usual tests in pregnancy (ultrasound, GD screen, GBS, etc.) At the appointment before each test is offered, I have received a thorough explanation of what the test is, what it looks for, why women choose to get it or not, and my other options (if applicable). All of the information is also printed on a sheet of paper so I can take it home and think about whether it's something I'd like to do or not.
Have you tried asking about midwives at a Childbirth Collective parent topic night meeting?
Those meetings are usually attended by lots of doulas and parents - they'll have a lot of information about local midwives.
Trillium Midwifery group sounds like it might be a great fit! There is a CPM and a CNM. They seem like they would be very good at being middle ground (as hands on or hands off as you need them to be). One thing might be that they could be full. I know that they try to stay within a certain amount of births a month, and I am not sure where they are at with that. I would give them a call and ask!
It also depends on where you live. There are some amazing midwives on the edges of the Twin Cities who really fit what you are looking for. Victoria Edwards is in Elk River, Nickie Kerrigan is in Northfield but has offices in Apple Valley. They both go to births all over the TC. Both are amazing midwives who are also evidence based without being overly pushy.
Have fun interviewing!!
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Hey OP, I'm sure you've found someone by now, but in case anyone else in the area is searching I thought I'd still post.
We used Kim Garrett of Dearborn Midwifery. She works hand in hand with Jane Kirby, but you can chose to have one or both of them attend your birth. My sister picked Jane as her midwife and Kim attended as well but stayed really hands off and in the background. My sister said she didn't even know she was there. She was basically there as a back up.
I found (and have heard) that Jane is more hands off and Kim is a little more hands on. I wanted a hands off birth, but I met Kim first and really clicked with her. She was VERY respectful of my desire to have a hands off birth. She did offer all the normal tests, and I chose to do some and not others. She compromised with me on a lot. I didn't want ANY doppler use, cervical checks, or any of that. She never once asked me if she could check me, and during the birth only used the doppler once or twice in between contractions. She let my fiance catch our son and I could kind of tell that she is normally not that hands off but she was a dream during the process and was totally accomodating to what I wanted. She also worked with us on a payment plan to make it doable for us financially to have the home birth we so desperately wanted. I would have her again in a heart beat. She is licensed and is a TM, CPM and LM and Jane is a TM and CPM. They have a facebook page for Dearborn Midwifery or you can just google them.
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