Comforts of Home Midwifery
I have not used any of the midwives there, but as a nearby midwife I can tell you some things. Holly Manzanara and Alicia Voss are highly recommended. I do not recommend Stacy Lewis and would avoid her. PM me for more details if you like.
the mom who runs the site is a friend of mine, she has had her last three babies at home. Neither of us are far from Randolph AFB.
Can you give us more details of what you're looking for? CPM/CNM/doesn't matter.
Congrats on #2
mom of three with on the way
Loving wife of my gamer boy Michael. Blog link in my profile!
Jen, journalist, policy wonk, and formerly a proud single mama to my sweet little man Cyrus, born at home Dec. 2007 . Now married to my Incredibly Nice Guy and new mama to baby Arthur.
I had Alisa Voss (secondary, Holly Manzanera was there as well) at my previous birth and will have her again as my primary this coming Spring!
Alisa was WONDERFUL and I'm hoping her other three midwives are great as well. I trust her judgement so it's just a matter of personality fit. I've met Salli Gonzalez and she seemed pleasant, but I've only had one appointment with her. I may or may not choose her as a secondary midwife.
I liked the student midwife also.
Salli Gonzalez is an absolutely AMAZING midwife and I too am not a huge fan of Amber.
Salli's website is www.empowermentbirthing.com
Very useful information! Thank you so much for sharing! We are pregnant with baby #6 and will be in TX at the end of the month. We are looking forward to a home birth and a great midwife. I found the website for Salli, but not Alisa. Also, why would you moms not recommend Stacy or Amber? Your help would be very appreciated!!
I live in the Austin area, and I used Kristen Elliott with Moms & Miracles. She lives in Kyle and can do births in the SA area. She is WONDERFUL! I cannot say enough good things about Kristen! I switched to her practice at 24 weeks, and I had such great prenatal care and a truly amazing waterbirth! I was using Hypnobabies, and I wanted a midwife who was calm, soft-spoken, and who I felt could help create a positive but calm and relaxing environment for the birth, and that's exactly what I got.
Just like AFWife, I will be going with Salli. She is offering us the best price and have read nothing but good things about her. Salli is including everything, even the birth tub rental, for half of Alisa's fees. We are so excited about this home birth!
Please, please please do your research about the midwife you choose.
You can go here: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/midwife/mw_enforce.shtm to see formal complains that have been filed with the Texas Board of Midwifery.
Some of the aforementioned CPMs were noted as not transferring their clients in a timely manner. Since that is the key to a "safe" homebirth, please please run for the hills if the midwife you have chosen is on that list!
And talk amongst the women here and in your natural birthing community. If you are going to choose a CPM (minimal training required) instead of CNM (has actual university education) please choose someone who is trustworthy and smart. And by trustworthy I don't mean someone who merely "trusts birth". We need to do what we can to get rid of the bad apples of the CPM community.
bubblebrook, I have removed six of the ten posts you have made to different discussions - including one to this thread - because you are promoting your midwife in them. Please refrain from such posting or you may lose your posting privileges.
I interviewed two midwives preconception. One in Austin, loved her, but we both questioned the distance as I'm in New Braunfels. I also interviewed Amber at the Birth Center here in town.
I had someone refer me to Samantha Evans, and that's who we're with now. It was nice being able to talk to someone that had used her. My husband loves her too, which was extremely important.
ETA: Research from that state site, and google tell me the Amber I interviewed is the same mentioned, although I know her by a different last name now.
I know this is an older thread, but I just came across it and wanted to put in my two cents worth regarding Stacy Lewis for anyone else looking for a trusted midwife. She was one of my midwives, and I would NOT use her again.
During my second birth (first vbac) she stripped my membranes and then broke my water when I was only 1 cm. My contractions came on super hard after that and four hours later my baby was born. I hemorrhaged, I believe due to her unnecessary interventions. I felt like she was in a hurry to get the birth over with (thus the interventions) and I felt as if she rushed out after the birth as well. She never once called me during the pre-natal period or post-partum. I left messages, but she never returned my calls. The other midwife that worked with her at the time, Joi Brock, promptly returned all of my calls and since I wanted & trusted Joi as my midwife, she was the only reason I continued working with Stacy during my pregnancy. I have also heard from others that Stacy may use something on her gloves during cervical exams (without anyone knowing) to artificially induce mommas.
Joi has since, wisely, parted company from Stacy after recognizing Stacy's questionable practices. I had Joi along with Janet Dirmeyer at my second home birth and I would highly recommend either of them.