I am newly pregnant with our 4th child and really want to have a water birth. BirthWise is located right across the street from St.Elizabeth's Hospital which is where I had my first 3 children.
Our insurance has changed since my last baby was born though so now we'd be going to either AMC or Theda Clark - neither offers water birth.
I know Mercy does but that's not in our plan.
I'd still have to call my insurance company to see if the birth center would be covered anyway but thought I'd first see if anyone used this birth center and what their thoughts were. Or if you haven't if you could take a look at the site and tell me your thoughts.
I'm not considered high risk, although I was + for GBS all 3 times. My first came at 35 weeks, my water broke on it's own for no apparent reason. He was okay though and we just dealt with a little jaundice.
My second, my water broke on it's own at 38 weeks and that birth was also uneventful. I had epidurals for both of those babies.
My third was a different story. I went in for my 38 week appt. and was 3-4cm so my DR. asked me if I'd like to get started that afternoon and I said sure. I got there at about 11am and got settled in and since my contractions weren't really picking up they gave me cervidil (sp?). Now I don't remember which order things happened next but I requested an epidural and
my DR. decided to break my water. The epidural started to work but once my water breaks it takes off on it's own & it never worked. My DD was born by 2:20ish that afternoon. From the time my water was broke until she was born was only a matter of an hour.
I guess I'm scared of another delivery like that because I had no time to even prepare and it was out of my control pain wise. The contractions started hard and stayed that way until it was over.
I've changed a lot of my ideals since her birth and really hadn't planned on a 4th but in the end decided to go for it. I really want to have the water birth so I can feel more in control. To deliver w/o pain meds was very empowering and I'd like to do it again but in a controlled atmosphere.
Sorry for the book - I really just want to know about the Birth Center LOL