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Even though I'm at 36 weeks, I'm seriously considering switching from my OB practice to Andaluz. No bad blood with my OB, I just can't stand hospitals and since I'm having a completely healthy pregnancy I'm not worried about the "risks."<br><br>
So, any experience with Andaluz? The first mw I met is younger than I am, which threw me and dh, but she's certainly atteneded more births than I have. We'll meet the other on Monday, who has 4 more years experience than the first one I met.<br><br>
Also, what kind of certifications should I ask about, for the mw's and the center? I've asked all the questions about philisophy and procedures and got answers I liked. I just want to do the due diligence so there are no lingering questions when the big day comes.
 

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I've not but my friend has used it twice and loves it.<br>
They have a message board on their webpage maybe you can talk to some people there
 

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I had a fantastic home waterbirth in July with midwives from Andaluz. They are fantastic, and their birth center is so nice (specifically their huge tubs) I was almost tempted into having the birth there instead of at home! Everything went perfectly and I was quite happy with my prenatal and post-partum care. Our prenatals tended to run over the standard hour because we enjoyed their company so much!<br><br>
In short, I would definitely recommend them - they were the right mix of professional, routine pre-natal care and a loving, personal touch.
 

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Andaluz Waterbirth Center was born out of the caring compassion of one midwife, Jennifer Gallardo, who wanted to offer women alternatives. She herself is pregnant with her 6th baby, four other ones born at home in water. The midwives that have joined her when she got so busy that she was overwhelmed, are more than competent. The share her compassion for women and families, they care about giving the most professional services possible, they return calls promptly and they live their walk. Most of them have had home waterbirths, too.<br>
Yes, they are young, but I have known them all since they birthed their passion to become midwives.<br>
When you choose to birth with midwives out of hospital, you become the person in charge, not the midwives. You assume control over you body and your birth envirnoment. The midwives become invited guests to your birth experience.<br>
Congratulations on examining your beliefs and making the leap of faith that it takes to leave the hospital and take charge of your birth and your body. YAY!!!<br><br>
You will have a wonderful experience. The Andaluz quarterly potlucks are usually held at my home and I love all the babies, the mothers and daddies that come and tell their stories.<br><br>
Call me if you want to chat.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I have had two babies there and will have my third at the end of December. I met Jennifer, one of the midwives, at a Bradley class when she came to talk about her births, right when the center opened. My dh and I fell in love with her and switched to Andaluz 2 weeks before my first one was born. We will continue to have all our babies there.<br>
They are an amazing group of women, that I highly recommend!
 

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I had my daughter at Andaluz in 2001 and was pleased. I'd definitely recommend it. I hope you don't mind if I pm you with additional details...<br><br>
Carol
 
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