There is a wonderful free-standing birth center in Danbury called the Connecticut Childbirth Center. My first son was born there and we had a beautiful, peaceful birth. My second son was born at home (the only problem with my first birth was the car ride) but my midwife doesn't go as far as Ridgefield.
I don't know if my midwives go that far--they are in Madison. They are homebirth midwives with hospital privileges at Hartford Hospital. They are wonderful. Their practice is called Birth and Beyond.<br><br>
Yes, unfortunately it's a very different birth climate in CT than in WA. In CT, home birth midwives are "not legally regulated, but not prohibited" and there are not too many to choose from.<br><br>
You may want to get in touch with <a href="http://www.bnnhartford.com/" target="_blank">BirthNetwork National of Greater Hartford</a><br>
as they are working to compile a list of mother-friendly practicioners in CT ( that abide by the <a href="http://www.motherfriendly.org/MFCI/" target="_blank">CIMS Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative</a>.<br><br><span><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">=================<br>
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CT isn't great in terms of natural birth climate but not terrible either. There are two "legal" practices I know of and both are way better than a hospital setting but seem to be more medically-minded than most homebirth midwives. For example, both practices require pretty extensive testing (even tests that are questioned within the natural childbirth community), including GD and GBS, will only use doptones (rather than fetoscopes) on laboring women. In addition, the Danbury birth center (don't know about Birth and Beyond) does routine suctioning on all babies. There are also quite a few "under the radar" midwives in CT, which you may want to look into, depending on your preferences. I know a few people who really liked the Danbury Center and their transfer rate is pretty low.
Hi havinababy! Welcome to Ridgefield. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cold.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cold">:<br><br>
It's slim pickins around here for Midwives. I'm planning on birthing at the CT Childbirth center in Danbury and I've been pleased with them so far.<br><br>
Another great resource for finding area midwives is the LLL meeting of Greater Danbury. There are several core moms there that have had home-births and loved their midwives, and several of the moms have used the Childbirth center. I'm sure you'd great great referrals if you stopped by one of the meetings.<br><br>
LLL of Greater Danbury meets at 10am the 3rd & last Tues of the month, and at 7pm the first Tues of the month. All meetings are held at the CT Childbirth center across from Danbury Hospital.
Just thought I would throw in my 2 cents! I had a wonderful homebirth (my second) in Madison Ct with a New Haven based midwife who was excellent!! My first homebirth was in NH. In fact, my chiropractor met her and decided to have a homebirth herself (in Fairfield).<br>
I recommend her highly. Her name is Maryellen Albini and her practice is called MANDALA MIDWIFERY. She does home birth and hospital "labor assistance". We also had another midwife in attendance - I don't have her information, but would not hesitate to recommend her either - Mayellen can give you other names/info if you are too far away to use her.<br><br>
You can find contact info on the web I believe, or you can PM me. I had a fantastic Doula as well if you are looking for more support. Best of luck to you Mama!!