I live in Austin and I'm looking for a good midwife. I've heard several good reviews about Faith Beltz, but also some pretty bad press.
Has anyone had any experience with her in the last year? What was it like? How does she practice?
Thanks so much!
There are a ton of really amazing midwives in the Austin area. I delivered with Natalie Lake, and I can recommend her whole-heartedly. She does homebirths and also works out of a birthing center with April Bullock, who has a great reputation.
Also, I really like Illysa Foster.
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My baby is due in a month, so I haven't been through the birth experience with her yet, but everything about the care I've received over the past 6 months has been excellent. I chose Faith because her energy matched mine better. I'm pretty laid back and was somewhat put off by a couple of other midwives I met with before meeting Faith who were rather intense and cynical (one of them) and hyperactive bubbly (a different one.) Faith was calm and collected but still very warm. She has seen me through a couple of scares and has given excellent advice that has made pregnancy so much easier so far. I feel very comfortable in her birthing center, CentreVida, for our appointments and am looking forward to having her in our home for the birth. Her partner June has been really sweet too, but I haven't spent much time with her. I have confidence that they are the right birth team for me. Good luck in your search.
We had our second child at home with Faith. She did wonderfully! She treated my husband with such awesome love and respect during our visits. He was quite nervous about having a home birth and she made him feel just great. We had a very awesome, VERY QUICK, home birth. Faith was able to stay clear headed and keep us calm even though Ilsa (the hard headed baby) didn't want to come out. Finally, after realizing Ilsa was a quite tangled in the cord, Faith was able to deliver us a beautiful healthy 6lb07oz baby girl! We would highly recommend her and we would use her again if we lived in Tx and became preggers again!
I don't have personal experience with Faith, but if you are looking for more MW recs, my HB MW Kari Sanders and Brielle Epstein are amazing. I adore them and will be using them for our HBA2C attempt when the time comes. They are personable, caring and I can personally attest that they keep a cool head when the situation requires it (I had a non-emergent transport and was panicking...they kept me as calm as possible and reassured me lovingly and gently)
well things did not turn out so well with my birth, seeing as my daughter died in Faith's hands....
My birth experince with Faith was wonderful. She is such a sweet and caring women, I could not have asked for a better experince. My daughter is now almost five years old, and I will call her again the next time I am pregnant.
I just had my 5th child, 2nd homebirth with Faith and I just love her! She helped me birth my beautiful 9 lb. 5 oz daughter without a tear! Sadly, I was one of her last clients, as she is taking a break from practicing midwifery right now. Her partner June Lamphier is still practicing, however, and is just as amazing. I love them both.
Jeana, wife to best friend, mom to 1 boy and 3 girls and another due April 2012.