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I am pregnant and we are thinking about delivering at Valley. I will be hoping for a VBAC. This is my third birth.<br><br>
We live about 5 min away from Highline but they are out they don't offer VBAC at all.<br><br>
I had my second at Swedish he was the unexpected c-section. I liked Swedish, the nurses were excellent, the Drs were nice. I just don't know about driving downtown for appointments and paying for parking every time. Then when you are in the hospital your partner has to pay for parking every day too.<br><br>
Any OB recommendations? I know the Midwives from Highline moved to Valley. Are they good? Basically I am looking for your experience positive or negative.
 

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I don't know names, but my midwives said in non-emergencies they liked to go to Valley because there were some very friendly to homebirth OBs there (as in kind to transfers and such). I used Chris and Loren at Eastside Birth Center. You might be able to give them a call and ask about who they have worked with. <a href="http://eastsidebirthcenter.com/" target="_blank">http://eastsidebirthcenter.com/</a>
 

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I used the midwives at Valley, and ended up with a c/s. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> There were a few midwives in the practice that I really really liked, but I ended up with the one midwife who I despised on call for the majority of my labor. She was pushing interventions (cytotek) at me from the minute she walked in the door, and I was NOT pleased. I refused, and she made it very clear she was unhappy about my decision. It really added a lot of stress. Then I hit my labor "time limit" (water broken w/mec) and my care was immediately handed over to the ob on call. The midwife still came by and checked on me, but all decisions were handed over to the doctor. I was not aware that would happen, and it also added a lot of stress.<br><br>
Overall, the hospital was nice, the nurses were nice.... Oh- they have great lactation specialists there - Denise is one, she runs the baby support groups there, and she's great. The midwives were... good, really liked them personally, but when push came to shove (no pun intended), they really ended up being more like <i>med</i>wives than midwives, imho. I heard they just recently started "allowing" VBACs, so I'm curious how that is going- how much control they are keeping vs taking orders from the on-call ob.<br><br>
Anyway... sleepy, rambling... let me know if I didn't answer your questions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't know names, but my midwives said in non-emergencies they liked to go to Valley because there were some very friendly to homebirth OBs there (as in kind to transfers and such).</div>
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Thank you for that. It is good to know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">e - Denise is one, she runs the baby support groups there, and she's great. The midwives were... good, really liked them personally, but when push came to shove (no pun intended), they really ended up being more like <i>med</i>wives than midwives, imho. I heard they just recently started "allowing" VBACs, so I'm curious how that is going- how much control they are keeping vs taking orders from the on-call ob.</div>
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That is very helpful thank you. I was torn between the midwives and just seeing the OB that I have there. I have no strong connection to this OB since I have never delivered but she was nice enough.<br><br>
I was wondering how much control or say the midwives to have in a hospital because of the OB presence.<br><br>
I think what it will come down to is me and my husband being confident in our decisions during labor. This is our third so we do know what to expect which is nice and it won't be my first hospital birth. He is a great advocate for me too which is helpful.<br><br>
Thank you again!
 

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I am currently seeing the Midwives at Valley and have had a great experience. They are always on time (important to me) and I never feel rushed. I have had helpful conversations about my birth plan and have been supported in plans for a natural childbirth within the hospital.<br><br>
As I have not given birth yet, I cannot say what will actually happen.<br><br>
A friend used the midwives for her last pregnancy and ended up having a c-section due to breech position. She is now due with her second baby in a few weeks and is planning a VBAC with the midwives but will also have an OB at her delivery. She is happy with how things have gone so far.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">As I have not given birth yet, I cannot say what will actually happen.</div>
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Please if you remember let us know what you think when you are done. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Will do. Still waiting on baby... 38 weeks today!
 

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I had my son at Valley in 2008 and it was really wonderful. I started as a home birth with a midwife from Exodus Midwifery in Renton and had a terrible experience that resulted in my getting diagnosed with PTSD after the birth.<br><br>
I was in labor for 24 hours before I was able to transfer to the midwives at Valley. They let me continue to labor exactly as I chose for another 12 hours without any interventions.<br><br>
It ended up that my son was at an awkward angle and couldn't get out (ear and shoulder first...he was really stuck!), so the midwives called an O.B. in and he gave me a very little pitocin (after asking for my express permission and explaining exactly what was going on and what our options were) and gave me an additional hour to push.<br><br>
I ended up delivering vaginally without further assistance. I labored through two shifts once at the hospital and all of the nurses who had to leave before I delivered came back the next day to see the baby and to see how I was doing. They read my birth plan and followed it to the tiniest detail, even leaving all the lights off and getting me a full-length adjustable mirror during the pushing phase.<br><br>
I didn't get to take advantage of it, but they had beautiful jacuzzi tubs available for laboring moms. The nurses and lactation specialists were extremely attentive and honestly without their help I doubt I would've been able figure out breastfeeding. My son did not take to it very well naturally, but by the time I left the hospital things were going great.<br><br>
I really can't say enough good things about these midwives. They even called me about every two weeks after the birth to see how I was doing and pushed me to connect with a therapist, social workers and a support group. They are just great people. I saw Melissa through most of my labor and I would go back to her again in a heartbeat.<br><br>
My mom is also a nurse and did a month-long clinical at the Valley birthing center and she said that the midwives were great about the natural birthing moms who came through. She did say that she felt that women doing natural childbirth at the center hire a doula because the nurses aren't able to provide very good labor support.
 

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I was pleased with my experience with the Midwives at VMC even though it wasn't my ideal birth. My water began leaking at exactly 41 weeks so I checked into the hospital after my regular appointment. I had been having irregular contractions for weeks and was pleased to learn that I was already 5cm dialated with very minimal pain. We were allowed to labor naturally for 12 hours, but when no further progress was made I was given pitocin. Within an hour I was fully dialated and I asked to be taken off the pitocin. Over the next 4 hours I tried pushing in various positions but my little guys head was stuck. An OB was called and tried the vacuum, which only seemed to make his head more stuck. I ended up having a c-section and due to his stuck head my uterus tore and as did an artery and I lost 2 liters of blood. Baby was fine but I needed 2 blood transfusions and was pretty weak for about 5 days. All of the hospital staff was helpful and made sure that I was confortable and that baby learned to breastfeed. Lactation had us come back the day after discharge for extra support which was much appreciated. Breastfeeding is going great now. I also received a few follow up calls from the Midwives in the days after discharge.<br><br>
My only complaint is that I saw a new midwife for my follow up appointment and she only knew I'd had a c-section but had no idea of the complications during the delivery and she was unable to answer my questions.<br><br>
My baby is already 3 months old and I'm looking forward to my next pregnancy already. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I was pleased with my experience with the Midwives at VMC even though it wasn't my ideal birth.</div>
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Thank you for sharing your experience. I have heard that Valley has excellent breast feeding support.<br><br>
I won't be delivering there any more. My husband's insurance switched to Group Health so I will be delivering at the Capitol Hill birth center now. Hopefully I can see one of the midwives there. I have an OB consult the week after next to go over my risk factors for VBAC.
 
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