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#1 of 40 Old 10-26-2008, 11:23 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I find myself pregnant, and I guess I'm starting the search for a homebirth midwife. I live out in Copperfield. I don't figure I need an appointment until 12ish weeks. (?) But I'd like to start researching.

Who have you used/known/heard about? What is their "style"?

I did a search in this forum, but turned up jack squat.

Thanks.

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Check out houbirth.org. They have a resource guide that lists most of the midwives/birth professionals in the Houston area.

I'm pretty close to you - in the Bear Creek area.

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Here is a link to the Greater Houston Midwives Alliance: http://www.houstonmidwives.org/cms/
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what are yo looking for? a home birth? birth center birth? someone very hands on or hands off?

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I do have the links to the birth websites and find them very helpful, but really I'd like some personal reviews.

I am pretty sure I want a homebirth. I have no idea what type of midwife I want as this was a *surprise*. This is my first and I am scared senseless. I'm barely pregnant, so I have tons of time, but I just wanted to know if anyone highly reccomended anyone.

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I just attended a nice home birth with Jane Hitch, she is extremely respectful of family requests and is quite knowedgable. I enjoyed working with her and hope to get the chance again...her contact info is...jane@birthingwell.com
her web site is: www.BirthingWell.com She's the only Houston midwife I've worked with.

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I don't have any recommendations because I'm hoping to have a HBAC someday...but I just wanted to say congrats on your little bean! :::

Oh, and, let us know how your search turns out!

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i have used jackie griggs for both kiddos and i reccommend her. she is very hands off and doesnt push you into anything at all. i would use her again and again.. if i was having more kids.

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You really didn't find anything with the search? Look at the HOME website, and then search the names of the midwives.

Personally, I would call around and make appointments to meet them after talking on the phone first. There are many different midwives and most offer a free meet & greet appt.

Choose someone you really click with. Also, check out the homebirth forum for ideas on questions to ask.

And Congratulations!
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I use Chris Duffy and have been very pleased with her.

Feel free to pm me if I can answer any questions.

-Angela
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I use Chris Duffy and have been very pleased with her.

Feel free to pm me if I can answer any questions.

-Angela
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I use Chris Duffy as well. I am expecting #4 in Dec. and this will be my 3rd HB with Chris.
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I just attended a nice home birth with Jane Hitch, she is extremely respectful of family requests and is quite knowedgable. I enjoyed working with her and hope to get the chance again...her contact info is...jane@birthingwell.com
her web site is: www.BirthingWell.com She's the only Houston midwife I've worked with.
I was there too! It was the birth of my grandson on October 20!!!

I second the recommendation for Jane. She does all home visits. My dd loves her!

I would also suggest you do several meet and greets and see who you click with.
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OT but Congratulations Nanny!!!
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Me too. OT I did his newborn session today and man is he cute! Looks just like his daddy, I was holding him and when he opened his eyes it was like looking right at J!




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I was there too! It was the birth of my grandson on October 20!!!

I second the recommendation for Jane. She does all home visits. My dd loves her!

I would also suggest you do several meet and greets and see who you click with.

Kelly, wife to J and mama to our precious A, HE'S 5! and the parasite will emerge on or before Sept 24, 2010!
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my friend used Kelly Moeller and loved her.
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OT but Congratulations Nanny!!!
Thanks!

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Me too. OT I did his newborn session today and man is he cute! Looks just like his daddy, I was holding him and when he opened his eyes it was like looking right at J!
Yup, looks just like him! Gorgeous!

Back on topic...

I've met Kelly Moeller and I personally really liked her. She charges a bit more than some. I also have met Chris Duffy and personally really like her too. I've seen Jane Hitch in action so my opinion of her comes from that experience.

They all have such different "styles" if you may, which is why I recommend meeting with several to see who best suites your needs.
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I did quite a bit of research and geographic plotting (I live in Kingwood), my top three are/were 1. Chris Duffy (Spring) 2. Paula Davis (Conroe/Porter) 3. Carol Schumaker (Bellaire).

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Another vote, or reccomendation for Jackie Griggs CNM. She offers home, or birth center. If she is not available, I'm sure she can reccomend someone in your area.
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My midwife is Sandra McDonald, who is amazing. I highly recommend her. She also does all home visits but is a little far from you. She'll sometimes do that if she has several in the area so she can schedule visits around the same time.

Sandra's assistant at both of my births with her was Paula Davis, and I was VERY happy with her, too. Actually, she walked in a minute or two after babe was born last time, but no one could have predicted how fast it went. I'd definitely have her on my list.

Congrats and good luck!

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You really didn't find anything with the search?
Just recently, there are only 10 pages of old threads here... I have no idea why, but I think a lot of the great recommendations are now lost (or archived somewhere? I really don't understand what's happening).
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Yeah, I searched this section for both Houston homebirth midwife, and when that turned up nothing, just "midwife" and got bupkiss. I know there used to be pages of threads with recs because I'd looked at them before.

I'm Kellie :, married to Chris , and mom to one baby girl (7/12/09).
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Try the archives???
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:doh: I didn't even realize they had an archive for the tribal areas, much less that it was communal and not attached to the specific area. It took me some searching to find it even now.

I have interviews with Kathy Rude and Chris Duffy this Saturday. If I need any additional interviews after that I will go back and search the archives.


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I have interviews with Kathy Rude and Chris Duffy this Saturday. If I need any additional interviews after that I will go back and search the archives.

Oooh Please let us know what you asked, what they said, who you picked and why...It makes deciding for future plans so much easier when other ppl have BTDT, kwim??

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I used Cathy Rude in June. She was great.

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I used Carol Schumacher up until 32 weeks. I only switched midwives because I moved away from the Houston area. I really liked her a lot and was sad that she wasn't going to be at my birth. She came highly recommended from my previous midwife. fyi, for an added fee, she will travel to you for prenatals.
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I know this is a little late, but I just had to throw my vote into the mix.

I just had my first baby 4 short months ago. I did tons of research and interviewed a lot of midwives. I ended up picking Kellie Moeller. She is WONDERFUL. She is a Certified Nurse Midwife (one of the only ones in Houston that does homebirths, the others only do birth center births.)

I asked her tons of questions. I can post the list if anyone wants it. Mainly it would give people an idea of what you can and might want to ask a midwife.

The reason I picked Kellie is because I felt comfortable with her. I loved her answers to all of the questions I asked. She was patient and gave great detailed responses. She really knows her stuff. Most of the other midwives I interviewed danced around some questions. Kellie was honest and never dodged a question. I also really wanted a CNM. Kellie has tons of training, education, and experience.

Throughout my pregnancy, she was very encouraging, helpful, and wise. She helped me get over my intense fears (getting transferred to the hospital and all that came with it and the fear of actual labor.) She also helped me steer clear of GD and preeclampsia (I tested high on my 1 hour GD screening, and my blood pressure started rising towards the end.) All in all, she is great.

If anyone has any questions about Kellie or how my pregnancy, labor, or delivery was, feel free to PM me. I love love love Kellie and would go on and on and on. :

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FWIW there are other CNMs... but LM are fabulous as well.

I have heard on the grapevine that Kellie insists you meet with her "backup" OB as a "thank you" (no other reason, he will not guarantee to attend if you transfer)

That is not acceptable to me, though I realize that some women wouldn't mind.

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I have heard on the grapevine that Kellie insists you meet with her "backup" OB as a "thank you" (no other reason, he will not guarantee to attend if you transfer)

That is not acceptable to me, though I realize that some women wouldn't mind.

-Angela
Yah, given a true emergency, I don't think I would care the least who was cutting me open. However, if I "out-risked" and needed to be referred to an OBGYN, I'd rather choose my own anyways. Seems pointless really.

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