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Hi - I'm a new comer- due May 1. I'm trying to find out if I need to take classes other than the free ones the hospital offers. So far, my experience is that my doc offers just what I ask of him, not much more. He made a comment about my weight that made me feel horrible - but offered no advice as to my nutrition. I've thankfully researched that on my own and am doing fine, but feel I do need more guidance for the "big event". Any advice on midwife vs. doula - what's the difference really? Any help would be appreciated - thanks
 

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Hi and welcome!<br>
Let's see, so many things to consider. I'll answer your questions as best I can, as you posed them.<br><br><i>I'm trying to find out if I need to take classes other than the free ones the hospital offers.</i> Nope, you don't have to take any classes, if you don't want to. And though St. Vincent's is a more progressive hospital, I don't know about their classes. They might be great, they might be...not so great. Luckily, local midwives offer birthing classes too. Also, there are great classes (like Birthing From Within) in Albuquerque.<br><br><i>So far, my experience is that my doc offers just what I ask of him, not much more. He made a comment about my weight that made me feel horrible - but offered no advice as to my nutrition. I've thankfully researched that on my own and am doing fine, but feel I do need more guidance for the "big event."</i> Have you thought about having a homebirth with a midwife? We have some stellar midwives in this town! Doctors have their place, IMO--high risk pregnancies and birth. For those, there are many great ones. There are also many sucky ones. And the hospital--like I said, St. Vincent's is pretty progressive. There are some wonderful nurses there, and the birthing rooms look very comfy. I had a scheduled section with my most recent baby, so I didn't get to try out the rooms. But everyone, with one noted exception, was excellent.<br>
That said, if you want more individual attention and care, get a midwife. Absolutely. I had three homebirth before my last delivery, and I am sad I couldn't birth that way again.<br>
Which leads me to...<br><br><i>Any advice on midwife vs. doula - what's the difference really?</i> Midwives are birth attendants. They catch babies (unless Dad/Mom/siblings/Grandma wants to!) and provide pre- and postnatal care.<br>
Doulas offer emotional and physical support for you and your partner during labor and postpartum, but do not provide medical care. Midwives and doulas make a great team!<br><br>
Stop by the Mothering office, sometime, and take a look at our list of local midwives. Ditto, our fabulous lending library. You can also email me for more info and personal recommendations!
 

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Hi Ana<br><br>
Sorry it took me so long to respond! Lots going on here - so funny you work at the magazine - I moved here from NY where I worked in magazines as a designer for about 10 years, mostly at Conde Nast - now I run my own co. and teach - would love to stop by sometime and meet you. thanks so much for the detailed advice - I am getting a midwife. even though I don't think i'll birth at home - i am older and had a cervix scare, so we're going with hospital, but I 've done the tour and they seem very caring and progressive. I found some leads through my yoga class too, so I'm feeling pretty good about it. I am actually very excited - the worry stage is passing a bit. Thanks so much again, though and I will stop by the office - I wasn't sure if that was appropriate, but if you say so, I will- best wishes - Pamela
 

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Hi Pamela,<br>
I am new to Santa Fe and will probably be birthing at St. Vincents also. I am due May 2. Who is your doc? My understanding is that midwives may not attend births at St. Vincents. I attended a local La Leche League meeting and got several recomendations for local docs that are supportive of natural birthing. -Em
 

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Yep, that's right--midwives can attend births but can't practice as midwives in the hospital setting. I birthed at St. Vincent's last June (planned section due to placenta previa) and my midwife (I was planning another homebirth before I got the diagnosis) stayed with me pre-op, came into the OR after the baby was born, and was with me post-op until I was nicely settled into my room. All that said, I did hire her as a homebirth midwife initially....<br><br>
Anyway, I'd love to meet another mama/magazine designer! I'm not always in the office but will be around more as our next issue production picks up (early January).<br><br>
And Em...I think I may have been sitting next to you at the latest LLL meeting. You have three girls...right? And expecting in May? I was the one to your right with the little boy. That is, if I've got you pegged correctly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Hi Em, Ana<br><br>
I heard about La Leche - how is it -what is it? Em - I'm with Dr. Brown - going the hospital route bcs. I had a scare with my cervix last year, so just playing it really safe. I looked into the doula program and found a class - all of it not until March though....so I guess I have a ways to go. Ana - I will definitely stop by in January - sounds great. Pamela
 

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Pamela,<br>
I really enjoyed the LLL meeting. I love talking breastfeeding and natural birthing, two things that I am passionate about. Sometimes to the point of putting my foot in my mouth, assuming that, of course given the opportunity, anyone would have a natural birth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I would love to homebirth, but dh is a ER nurse and just won't go for it. So since his support is so important, we go for a hospital birth and he supports my desire to go natural. I am using Isis Medicine, they are family practice. Had a good talk with one of the docs last appointment and they seem pretty supportive.
 

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Hey Em -<br><br>
That's amazing you are due May 2 - I would love to get together, have a cup of tea or something and swap stories. I'm fairly new to Santa Fe too - moved here from NYC about 3 years ago. Where did you move from? My little guy has started kicking alot how about you? warm regards -Pamela
 
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