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#1 of 27 Old 08-07-2009, 05:32 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Isn't there ANYONE here out in the boonies with me?! I check this forum frequently and never see anyone from my part of the state. There has to be somebody!

Anyone, anyone? I know I live in the middle of nowhere, but I can't be the only one!!

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I felt bad no one had responded to your message.

I lived in SW Kansas for a year. My husband is from the area and we decided to give the small town life a try...it didn't last . I didn't have ANY like minded friends when I was out there so I can't point you in anyone's direction. Sorry I know what it is like out there though.

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I think I am south central Kansas - Hutchinson. It feels pretty lonely here too. I have a DD almost 2yrs old. Really struggling with parenting and lifestyle choices here.

Let me know how things are in your part of the state.

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I live in southwest Kansas also... Garden City. We just moved here a few weeks ago and it DOES feel like the middle of nowhere. We're scoping out non-hospital birthing options and there is really a LACK of options...

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We are in Wichita, but I'm originally from Liberal so I feel your pain.

KSDoulaMama, I have a good friend in Garden City who had a homebirth there...her midwife was formerly from Wichita and is now in Colorado. I don't know how they worked out the logistics but I could ask her.

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i live in wichita, ks... lol

he's here; kaine (11/9/09)
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Hey, I'm in Garden City, too! =0)

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We are in Wichita, but I'm originally from Liberal so I feel your pain.

KSDoulaMama, I have a good friend in Garden City who had a homebirth there...her midwife was formerly from Wichita and is now in Colorado. I don't know how they worked out the logistics but I could ask her.
This is the midwife we found and we are working with her!

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Hey!

 

I have been searching everywhere for like-minded people as well and have found absolutely nothing. I am moving to the central Kansas area in January and am growing more and more nervous. I am a year into my marriage and am planning on having children soon. I have not been able to find any resources for natural lifestyles in Kansas. I would love to have like-minded friends when I move up there. Can anyone help??

 

 

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For Western/NW Kansas ladies, I have a doula friend in the Colby area and a midwife friend in Bird City.  Let me know if someone wants their information. :)

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Does anyone know of a midwife and doula near Dodge City??  Thank you smile.gif

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I know this is an old thread but I wanted to post anyway... I live in SW Kansas... Ashland... About 50 mi south of Dodge City... I am at the very end of finishing up my certifications to work as a doula, childbirth educator, and breastfeeding consultant. I am also looking for a doula for myself and am having no luck... But when I moved here 6 + years ago I realized that women in this area have NO options when it comes to giving birth! I began taking these courses to hopefully make a change... I don't know if any one will see this but if you do and are interested in further contact, let me know! I will check back here!
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We just moved here a couple of months ago. We are in Ulysses. I hate that there are NO options. I have contacted everyone and no one is willing to drive this far for a homebirth. I hate not having options. 


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I haven't talked to her personally yet, but the lady from Bird City, recently built on a "birthing area" onto her home I have heard. She allows those far away to come and stay in private near her. I plan to call her soon and discuss options with her. I also know Larned has a midwife and a birthing center there.

 

Don't be too distraught about living in the middle of nowhere, I've been out here for nearly 7 years now, and its grown on me. Was so hard when we first moved, and I was all alone, pregnant with my first. I survived, and you will too, and find friends! :) Keep in mind crunchy friends ususally keep to themselves because they think everyone thinks they are "different". Be bold and ask around. Someone is bound to know! I finally called an aquantence who lives over an hour away yesterday and asked about midwifes, and she feels in the same situation I did...alone, friendless, etc. She helped me greatly and we talked for nearly 2 hours! Don't isolate yourself...that's a good start!

 

Goodluck, I know the art of midwifes is dying, but maybe its time for some of us to get to school and learn it ourselves?! Seems like a great way to help out, especially in the times we are living in. :)

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I know there are several midwives who are willing to let a mom come labor there and give birth. But for us, it's not feasible right now. I have 4 little boys, and DH can't take off long periods of time to "wait". We're praying for the right provider for our family. :)

 

I have thought too about becoming a midwife. I am a nurse now and worked L&D before I started teaching. In a different season of life...it's my plan. 


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Babycatcher12,

I can so relate! There are plenty of midwives who will offer care... As long as you can go to them. For prenatal care that may be fine but I, personally, do not see it as a realistic option when it comes to labor and birth.

I have been frustrated with the level and quality of care for OB patients for several years now and also frustrated that women are so quick to accept it.

I am currently in the process of switching doctors. I have found a FP doc in Dodge City who is a mother of 6 and has breastfed all of her babied. I have been told that she is very supportive of natural, active labor and birth. I have my first appt with her in the beginning of November. If you like, I could let you know how it goes? I am being very picky with this baby and I will not settle for anything less than the kind of support I want for my pregnancy, labor, and birth. Especially being a doula and childbirth educator in training, I know that there are options and I know that I do not have to settle.

I am still in search for a doula for myself in this area but I am having absolutely no luck...
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I know Emilie. Let me know how it goes with the doc in Dodge. Although that's about an hour and a half away for us. I guess I too for granted how good I had it when we lived elsewhere (in Colorado) and I had lots of options. And great home birth options. As a VBAC mom, I know it's going to be tough to get a "fair shake" in any hospital and to not constantly have someone waiting outside the door with a c/s consent. As an L&D nurse (before we moved here) I am very picky too. I had a wonderful unplanned UC HBA3C with my last live-born baby. I know what I want and need. I'm actually okay with it if I need to UC this time and am planning on it if I can't find someone willing to help me at home. I just don't think I'll have freedom in the hospital. 

 

When are you due? 


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Babycatcher12, I will let you know how the appointment goes in a few weeks... I think it is on Nov 7th? smile.gif pregnant brain...
I understand the long drive being an issue. Dodge is an hour and 15 min drive from my house....
TBH when it comes to VBAC in this area, from what I know it's not even an option... Even all the way in Wichita (as I understand it) it is not commonly considered. (which I think is rediculous) I have taught cb classes in Dodge for the hospital recently and I can tell you that it is about the best option here. But their intervention rates are staggering! I am already writing my wish list for this next Dr. And if she refuses any of them, I will look further. Period.
And waiting outside the door with a c/s consent? No question about it. The last dr I was going to practically wanted you to sign a consent if you didn't want to be induced or have an epidural. Smh...
I know someone, who has a friend who had a homebirth in Dodge not too long ago. I will ask her if/who her friend had attending the birth...
I wish you the best when coming to this decision! You certainly have the benefit of lots of experience and education on the matter. I think that greatly benefits you if you do a UC again...
My husband is NOT supportive of homebirth. :/ But I plan on laboring as long as I can at home before heading to the hospital. (if I am full term this time) I am secretly hoping I procrastinate a little too long... wink1.gif
I am due Feb 21st... So excited it's a little boy!
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Erin, The server is not letting me reply to your pm and I cannot figure out why...

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I figured it out... I needed to make another post...

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I am so glad I stumbled upon this thread from so long ago and that their are new women posting.

I currently live in Wichita but we will be moving to Great Bend sometime in the next couple of months. I am due with my 2nd in a couple of weeks and then we will list our house and make the change 2 hours west.

I happen to be a midwife, but will not be practicing for a couple of years so I can focus on just being a mom for a bit.  I can tell you that the discussion of getting more midwives available to serve women in the western part of the state has been happening with the Kansas Midwives Association. We are all aware that it is a problem right now, but for many of us, driving 2-4 hours to attend a birth is just too much. That is one of the problems with living in a predominantly rural state. I am originally from Washington St and could just reach my hand out and find 10 midwives there.  Hopefully with more women looking for homebirth options in the west, more midwives will be trained and things will improve.

As for VBAC options: In Wichita there are many options in the hospital and I know all the midwives here attend VBACs at home. I have no idea what the climate is in Great Bend and am hoping to gain some insight from others who live in the area. Let me know what you can about the different hospitals.

 

Hopefully we can meet at some point. I homeschool my 9 year old, but will certainly need some support and friendship while raising the new babe in a new town.

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I'm 33 weeks this week. I've asked everywhere and no one will do VBACs and finding a midwife willing to come to Ulysses is way out of the question. There is a doc in Liberal who will do VBACs but there are very specific criteria and I wasn't impressed with his office staff at all. The midwife in Larned is incredibly busy and has a lot of clients in Great Bend etc so she's hesitant to drive this far as well. But my chiro in Garden City sees her and has nothing but fabulous things to say.  As for me...I'm planning a UC or maybe a midwife friend coming to visit towards the end of my pregnancy. Other than that...there are no options. Sigh. 


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I know this thread is old, but I'm hoping I can some updated information. I live in Dodge City and would love to find a doula and would love to know more about your doctor, Emilie! I tried to send you a message but can't.
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Hi, ImTooOldForThis,

I sent you a pm with my email in it. We can get in touch and I can help you find the info you need!
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Hi Emilie, I also live in Dodge City, Ks. I am going to Wichita and seeing a midwife there and I also see Dr. Jensen. He does vbacs. I am terrified at the thought of going to a hospital this time around. Once you are in there you are pretty much at their mercy even with a birthing plan and midwife. I had a stillborn at 32.5 weeks she was my first born in 1998. I had 3 subsequent c-sections for no good reason:-( in 1999,2000,2003. I am now 19.1 weeks pregnant and would like home birth as an option. Please contact me. I am very interested in what I have seen on your posts! My email is gasca.mediah@yahoo.com. The reason for me having to go to the hospital are the cesareans. I hope to hear from you soon!
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I forgot to mention that my daughter was breach and feet first. I delivered her vaginally.
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Hi ImTooOldForThis! This is amazing that we are both in the same area! I have my email on here I couldn't figure out how to pm so I just put it on here. Maybe we can talk sometime:-)
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