Hello! I'm looking for midwife recommendations in the Twin City area. I would love to have a natural birth, but I doubt my abilities. I had a hard time with my first, poor pain tolerance? Idk, but I didn't have a midwife to guide me. I am looking for a midwife that would be willing to help me even if I opt for an epidural but I would be so thankful to find a midwife who really knows her work and maybe even guide me without an epidural? Anyone? Any recommendations?? I live close to the university (U of Minnesota) But am willing to travel a bit (30-40 minutes or so? for a good midwife).
There are several midwives in the twin cities. I assume you are asking for personal recommendations, so I am bumping this for you!
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I highly recommend attending some parent topic nights here: http://childbirthcollective.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=55
It also depends if you are looking at a hospital or homebirth.
(I hear you about the pain, my first was sunny side up and the contractions were excrutiating, I finally ended up with an epidural/Pitocin/vacuum which I did not want any of that. My second was born at home. Labor went much faster, 10 hours total vs. 40 something, the last 2 hours were also excrutiating pain but I got through it even though she had a nuchal hand and shoulder dystocia, which was fixed quickly by my extremely knowledgeable midwife).
There are also a couple birth centers (st. Louis park and st. paul) if you are interested in that option.
I didn't try Hypnobabies but Lindsay is an awesome instructor and very knowledgeable. http://elleosbirth.com/
look at my post here for links to lists of midwives: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1290654/twin-cities-homebirth-midwife-suggestions
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This is all great info! Thank you ladies. I like the idea of being home the same day I deliver and fast recovery. I was in the hospital for four days with first birth. Poking and prodding every 2 hrs! I was more tired from that than the labor! I'm thinking of making appointments at the local birth centers and talking to the midwives about my fears and see what they have to say. I'm hopeful I can "do it". But if I'm too afraid in the end I'll probably go with a hospital midwife (home births aren't covered by my insurance).
@Ophelia I looked up Lindsay! So much interesting information. I forgot about essential oils and all they can do! A friend is really into them. I'm ready to go buy some and reap the benefits! Goodbye headaches and morning sickness?! Too good to be true?!