Just to give you the skinny on me, to maybe give you an idea of who might be appropriate for me. I'm 4 months along (16 weeks), skinny by nature, healthy, over 35, and having my _first pregnancy ever_ , and thus my first child! I'm freaked out, because of course, this was unplanned!! However, I am excited and happy, I just over-think the whole thing waaay too much. I'm an over-educated, intellectual, medically knowledgable (I've worked in OSHA and HIPAA compliance), type-A, Jewish woman. ^_^ I basically just read through my provider directory and found a bunch of CNMs, but I have no idea who they are or whom to choose. (Just to let you know, I have a choice of changing providers until January, so if you told me that your birth professional recommendation(s) was/were through another, I could switch.) I'm an anxious pregnant woman looking for advice!
Mama to two awesome kids. Wife to a wonderful, attached, loving husband. I love my job-- I'm a Midwife, Doula and Childbirth Educator, Classes forming now!
I was with the IMC nurse midwives with my last birth, and while they were great the hospital policy took over and made it a bad experience (they have a 30 minute time limit to push your baby out for example) and so I am going with a home birth this time around.
Heather Johnston is my midwife and I absolutly LOVE her. I could go on for a while as to why I do lol
But I would say maybe see what CNMs your insurance covers and interveiw some of them, maybe interveiw some HB midwives as well. I wouldn't rule them out. Your still really early in pregnancy so you have time to pick someone you love.
Bec, Married eternally to Dan for ten years. Parents to A (8/17/06) O (12/30/09) one love lost (2/07/09) and my little twin angels (9/24/11, 10/11/11)
Area: I live in the downtown area (9th and 9th). I have an OB-GYN (2 appointments so far) but she's very detached and sterile , so I reaallly want to start over now while I still can.
Dates: I'm due early May, probably the 5th! I want to start meeting with some people soon to start interviewing.
Insurance: I'm recently laid-off, and got lucky enough to be eligible for full pre-natal medical insurance to get me through 'til I get another job, so I'm totally covered through "Healthy U," which is Univ. of Utah. My other choices were Select Access (LDS primarily) and Molina (Intermountain healthcare mostly), and I have 'til January to change that. I can choose from a bunch of hospitals, but I heard the University of Utah was the best, and it's closest to me.
My birthing plan: My plan was to deliver with a CNM in a birthing unit in a hospital, "just in case" intervention is needed, unless someone else has a better idea. Home birth is totally out, because we are going to move apts., and I don't know where, when or what, and that could mean clutter and chaos! However, I want to be clear -- I want to do this naturally, unassisted by white-coated doctors and technology. In other words: I am staying away from some OB GYN who wants to give me a C-section for expediency, just because I'm over 35!
What I want: to find a competent, reliable, genuine, engaged CNM and hopefully a doula too. I'm nervous because a) I'm Jewish in a very Mormon culture , and I am not remotely religious or conservative in that direction and b) I'm not new-agey either . I'm open to alternative medicine/holistic/nutrition and all, but I mostly practical, realistic and down-to earth, and I am hoping to find that in my birthing professionals too.
I hope that helps make sense. Thanks!
Thanks so much!
Another option is Danielle Demeter. I'm hoping this is a current phone # 435-655-6617. She's amazing. I did a birth as a doula with her and she was great- she's very into helping people get the birth they want, regardless of what the hospitals want. What might be a downside for you is that she's in Park City and from what i understand, is only doing births in the new Park City Hospital. The hospital has only been open a month or so, so I havent heard anything about it yet.
Good luck- let me know if I can help.
If Park City just isn't an option for you, I have two friends who go to Diane Heubusch and they rave about her just as much as I rave about Danielle. She just moved to a practice that delivers at LDS Hospital.
The Hippie & the Marine
My boys: S (4) & O (2) & Expecting #3 in Dec. 2011
Superhero and mother to Peanut (03/20/09) and Twig (01/20/2012). Fighting for the rights of mothers out there who and much more!
I really liked my midwives (BirthCare HealthCare at the U of U), but I only saw them for my prenatal check-ups so I can't tell you how they are with the birth (accidental homebirth). I do suggest you look into delivering at the U though because it's the only Baby Friendly Certified hospital in Utah and we were taken to a different closer hospital and none of the nurses had any idea how to help me with breastfeeding.
The Hippie & the Marine
My boys: S (4) & O (2) & Expecting #3 in Dec. 2011
Homeschooling Mom of 5 dds
Planning my fifth natural birth using Hypnobabies for baby boy coming in June 2012!
I sincerely recommend that you focus on where you are going to give birth first- and then find a good fit for the doc/mw second. I am not saying the birth attendant isn't extremely important!!! Check out the c/s rates, episiotomy rates etc...BUT... your Doc/MW will only be with you for a few short moments and in the end the people that have the most impact on your birth experience are the staff that attend to you during labor and after. The staff at the U was fabulous- the nurses, the lactation specialists, even the billing department was great (I cannot believe I am saying this about a hospital as I am totally pro-homebirth!!!)
Anyway, my point is that maybe you should start with the where? and then move to the who?.....
Good luck to you! Happy Birthing!
Delivered on 11-24, and it could not have gone any better. No one had any problem with my birth plan, everyone was very hands-off like DH and I wanted. No meds, no Iv, no fuss over anything, even afterword when we didnt want to bathe DS, to keep the vernix on him. Hospital staff were super nice, and very supportive about everything, including breastfeeding. Its a big plus that they are a baby-friendly hospital.
The only thing I previously had a complaint about, is that you see ALL of them, and you dont know who you are going to get when you actually deliver. But though the course of my pregnancy, I got to see all of them, and I liked every single one. When I actually went into labor, I had Lisa for the first half, then Melissa. They were both fantasic, and I had absolutely no complaints. If I ever have a second baby, I am going back to them.
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