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This is from the horses mouth...I just hung up the phone with Kelli Johnson, the midwife who practices here in Central, FL. She is the one we all see for our homebirths, you may or may have not heard of her. She recently lost her back-up physician (to cancer) and now needs another one in order for her to assist VBAC deliveries. Here was her response to my question about her finding another back-up physician so that she can help with VBACs.<br><br>
"Tell them (the mamas questioning what's gonna happen next) to get out there, lets bang on some doctors doors and get some support! Let's find a Dr to back us up, let's get some action going and get banging on doors!"<br><br>
She said that she needs:<br>
Letters MAILED to her house from women who have had and desire to have VBACs (written as "To whom it may concern"). Explain that you want an out of hospital birth with a Certified Midwife and you want a user-friendly doctor to back her up INCASE you need them. Pull statistics off of ICAN (stats of VBACs w/o rupture). Remember to keep it friendly and professional. But make sure you express your desire clearly.<br><br>
Kelli Johnson CPM,LM<br>
802 Fisher Rd<br>
Winter Springs, FL 32708<br><br>
She said that she has 3 physicians that she is "going after" after next week. And she said that if she shows up with a 3-ring binder FULL of letters from mothers and she can say,"Hey, LOOK, there's a huge demand for this!," it will be SO helpful to actually talking them into doing it. She said it is a supply and demand type deal. And she needs to evidence to back up the demand that is very real here. She said she really needs your help and she cannot do it without you. So for those of you who are concerned or even considering VBAC, here's your chance to make it happen for you and all the other mamas. Get to writing/typing/whatever and get those letters mailed to her house. She said she prefers them to be mailed USPS not e-mailed.<br><br>
Thanks gals!
 

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Having just gone through a birth experience with Kelli (that ended in an c-sec anyway), I'd have to say that she is a truly wonderful woman who is extremly highly skilled, is very calm under pressure, and who I have the utmost trust in. She is one of the only people I've ever met who I <i>immediately</i> trusted, and over the course of the ten months this feeling just solidified more. I'm not one for trusting people in positions of power within the medical industry, but I would do anything for Kelli, she's a true gift to this world.<br><br>
In the case of our recent birth, though it ended in a c-section (McKenna men are just bad with directions, keep taking the wrong exit off the highway), I was impressed with Kelli's skill on the day. When we got to the hospital for the c-sec she helped my wife keep her nerves (phobia of hospitals, phobia of needles, whitecoat hypertension, etc) and both DW and I decided we wanted Kelli to be in the operating room instead of me - this turned out to be 100% the right decision as she sang to and reassured DW which resulted in both a successful operation but a very speedy recovery whereas I probably would have fainted X-) .<br><br>
I'll definitely be working with DW tonight to compose as eloquent a letter as we can - we want her to be able to keep her business and do for other mamas and babies as she did for us.<br><br>
We love you Kelli!
 
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