Bit of background: 11 weeks pregnant with my first, due January 3.
Had called the Collective on Montreal Rd. at 5 1/2 weeks and they said they hadn't even set up their January calendar yet and they'd call me in about a month. Long story short, with me at 11 weeks they still didn't have any info for me.
That was a little confusing and frustrating; they were terrible at getting back to me, and how can they not have a calendar organized for January?...that's 6 months away! They had been our first choice, mostly because of their close proximity, but now I'm ready to take whatever I can get, especially because I'd rather have prenatal care sooner than later.
I called the Group at Carling (my sister is 6 weeks and got in with them last week), and they already had a waiting list, but were very kind and said why don't I try East Ottawa Midwives (aka Blackburn Hamlet?) and see if they have room, before I go on the Group's waiting list? So I did, and they did. Only problem is I can't find a lot of information about them as their website still has their relocation announcement. Does anyone have firsthand experience with them?
Update: I met with a midwife at Blackburn Hamlet and clicked instantly! She is awesome, and I like how the group there is nice and small, so it will be really easy to get to know everyone. A couple days after, I got a call from the group at Carling, and they had a spot for me if I wanted it (I didn't realize they'd put me on their waiting list!) Then, I finally got a call from the Collective, saying that they had a midwife and to please call them back to confirm the spot...
Needless to say I'm sticking with Blackburn Hamlet :)
East Ottawa Midwives are great! It really is nice dealing with a small group, and getting to know all of them. Hope you have a great pregnancy, and good luck on your birth!
I was with East Ottawa Midwives for my second. An absolutely wonderful experience. Best of wishes for a beautiful pregnancy and birth.
Thank you!! So far so good; now to find a doula!