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Hi! I am new here, and 5 months pregnant with my first baby. (Actually 2 years ago I had a miscarriage)<br>
Anyhow, I've moved back to my old hometown of Middletown (next to Newport) and have been struggling to find a community of like-minded people...<br>
I've been to see Kathy Tierell, the only midwife on the island, and felt a little unsure of her. perhaps after getting to know her a little better I will feel more confidant and relaxed around her...<br>
But, I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with her, or Women and Infants. Also, any suggestions on AP Peds in the area?<br><br>
I look forward to getting to know you ladies...what a great resource this is!<br><br>
Hope you all have a beautiful day, filled with love and laughter...
 

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Glad you found this Tribe. I'm sure you'll get some replies soon!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
Peace,<br>
Liz
 

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my sister had her babies at newport hospital and she was very happy with her experiences there. although she did end up having 2 c-sections... one an emergency... she was still happy with her experiences.<br><br>
as a doula i have done births at women and infants and definetly have mixed feelings about it.<br><br>
good luck and post again if you have any questions.<br>
peace<br>
michele
 

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Hi!<br><br>
Might I suggest that you write down what it is that is making you feel uncomfortable and discuss it with her, and any other questions you might have. After all this is the woman you are trusting with your care so to develop this relationship is the road to feeling comfortable and safe and trusting for your birth.<br><br>
I think it is helpful when researching someone you are going to work with to ask them their stats for c/s because it tells you a lot about how they practice (above 10% c/s rate would be considered more interventive, more stringent protocols for dealing with non-emergency situations, like doing things because they are worried something might happen vs. if there are real signs and symptoms. For example, a long labor {which is most of first time labors} where pitocin is used instead of trying positions changes / exorcizes / relaxation techniques and just being patient and then saying it has been to long I am worried about something happening we would like to do a c/s - vs - ok, it is long, lets try these things, you and your baby's vitals are good so no need to worry).<br><br>
And in Newport another good question to ask would be about water birth...of all the people that want a water birth how many people get risked out and why?<br><br>
I have heard mixed reports about W & I, and I think it is a game of luck because they are all multiperson practices you may have a wonderful experience or you may get the provider that is totally different then your birth/life philosophy. I, personally, don't like to take chances with one of the most important days of my life. For me, I would consider Mary a CNM at Pawtucket Memorial, she has good stats, I believe, and she takes 24/7 call for her clients, which is the gold standard of care...she sees you prenatally and does your birth, like a homebirth midwife but in the hospital. And, btw, I understand she had a homebirth, so that says a lot about her philosophy. (I forget her last name but there are only two midwives at Pawtucket Memorial.)<br><br>
And finally, there is always the homebirth option, the option with the lowest interventive/c/s rate you can get in most places in this country.<br><br>
Follow your intuition, there is nothing like mothering instinct/intuition...it is the truth of your heart.<br><br>
Best to you and your family, Paige<br><br>
PS Stick around here and you will meet, from activity posts, people in RI who are like minded.
 

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HI! Congrats on your pregnancy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Kathy was my caregiver for both of my RI pregnancies (the pics in her office of the waterbirths -- those are me!) , and then I moved to Mass and had a homebirth with my third. Obviously there is nothing more wonderful than a homebirth if you can make it happen, but if you are determined to go the hospital route, Kathy is a fierce advocate for waterbirth and will not risk you out unless it is absolutely unsafe to go forward with it.<br><br>
I can't speak to not jiving with her -- I understand that completely. She has a sort of brusk personality. I didn't really care -- I just wanted waterbirth and I didn't care if she was an axe murderer. But she's not the earthy-crunchy-feel-good midwife people go looking for. She is no nonsense, somewhat sarcastic...I get it. Interestingly, my homebirth midwife is sort of the same way -- her kids live on chicken mcnuggets and television<br>
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SO I can't say anything here that will contrast with your impresison of her -- and I wasn't always crazy abotu how busy she was, etc. But if you want a waterbirth at a nice hospital, your options are limited as I am sure you have found out. So you have to decide how important your prenatal experience is, and how much handholding you need during your labor. I was a very private birther and I had a dear friend there to support me, so I was not needing anything more.<br><br>
Whatever you decide, best of luck and happy birthing!!!
 

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BTW, I didn't mean to imply, if that is what it seemed like, that Kathy wasn't a low interventive provider, I really don't know too much about her practice or the hospitals protocols.<br><br>
Best, Paige
 

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I moved to newport just under a year ago, all I've heard so far is that it's really hard to find a midwife on the island, I know someone who knows someone in tiverton, if your interested i could get her name. She would be highly recommended though, I just don't remember names very well! I also have a friend who works at the Newport hospitals maternity ward if you have any questions about it, sometimes a friend will give a more "real" answer than some of the Dr.s<br><br>
Feel free to PM me if you want, I had an all natural Hospital birth before we moved here, I can give a some more pointers on being in a hospital setting and getting what you want out of your birth experience!
 
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