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I'm new to Baltimore but thought it would be easy to find a midwife in a city. The listing in the phone book is miserable and I can't find anything that looks good on the net. Any recommendations?? I want one that does home births.
 

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There are very few midwives here that do home births. One who does is Evelyn, she attended my second baby's birth back when the Baltimore Birth Center was open. I don't have her number, but I know other people here do.
 

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I am seeing Evelyn Muhlhan at Alternative Birth Choices in Randallstown for my upcoming homebirth. Her number is 410-521-2560.<br>
So far she is great, very experienced, very into educating, but then leaving the decision-making power in the woman's hands. She also is a hypnobirthing instructor.<br>
And, my insurance is paying for her!
 

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Thanks everyone for your input.<br>
It is so sad that we have so little choice.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
But here's to the midwives we do have <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 saw a midwife in Aug. 2004 and when I was looking around for a home-birth midwife, I was told they didn't do them anymore and after hearing the reasonings, I was very disappointed as i looooved the office and the women who worked there. They gave me the name Karen Karr. She is a lay midwife but I don't know much about her. I'll see if I can find her number. I believe she is listed in the phone book, though. She lives and works out of her home in Bell-Edisson, right next to Herring Run Park, on Bel Air road.
 

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K is great! Evelyn is also a great midwife. I think it just depends on what you are looking for...their approaches are a little different.<br><br>
I have used both of them...feel free to PM me for more info.
 

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oops -- you're right hipem, re: the spelling <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> i too, would be happy to talk to anyone about my experience w/ her.
 

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I have heard a lot of really positive things about Evelyn, too. Does anyone know who her backup ob is? I'm curious. I've heard she is extremely non-interventitive (which is why I'd be interested in knowing more about her) but I'm pretty sure that in order to practice legally, she has to be "supervised". As far as I've heard, she's the only legal homebirth midwife around right now. Kathleen Sloan was my midwife with DD and as much as I liked her, she doesn't do homebirths because her OB's won't allow her too. I was very disappointed that she gave in to them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">. anyway, If anyone knows who Evelyn's backup is, I'd love to know.
 

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There is a midwife practice/birth center in Alexandria, Va., that will attend home births. They say they will go 45 miles from Washington, so depending on where in the Baltimore area you live, they might be a possibility, or a referral source. They are: <a href="http://www.birthcare.org/" target="_blank">http://www.birthcare.org/</a><br><br>
I know of a couple other birth centers that don't do home births, but MAYBE they could provide referrals for you? (Hopefully they would be supportive, but who knows.) They are: <a href="http://www.specialbeginnings.com/" target="_blank">http://www.specialbeginnings.com/</a> in Annapolis and <a href="http://www.maternitycenter.com/" target="_blank">http://www.maternitycenter.com/</a> in Bethesda.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I am seeing Evelyn Muhlhan at Alternative Birth Choices in Randallstown for my upcoming homebirth. Her number is 410-521-2560.<br>
So far she is great, very experienced, very into educating, but then leaving the decision-making power in the woman's hands. She also is a hypnobirthing instructor.<br>
And, my insurance is paying for her!</div>
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Could you tell me more about the Alternative Birth Choices? Is this a birth center, a midwife practice, or ? It's not too far from me, and I really need to find a midwife before I get pg again.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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It is the practice / office of Evelyn and her assistant. They do homebirths. Evelyn has admitting priveleges at two area hospitals for transfers. I believe they are Maryland General and Mercy. They are great at answering questions if you just wanted to get a feel for them -- you could give them a call. Unfortunately I don't think they have a website yet.
 

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Evelyn is wonderful, and does homebirths as well as hospital births but her emphasis is on homebirths. She doesn't have a birthing center.<br><br>
I can't say enough good things about her! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Evelyn does not have an "backup OB." She does homebirths independently. She also has rights at Mercy and MD General Hospital (I assume there is a backup OB at those locations), however it is not required to have a backup OB for homebirths. If there is an emergency, you just go to a nearby hospital or to Mercy or MD General.<br><br>
She is wonderful and has so much experience. I am going to have my second homebirth with her this fall.
 

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I'm pretty sure that if she's practicing legally in MD AND has priveleges at Mercy (which is where I delivered my daughter, actually) than she has a backup OB. That ob may leave her alone, and allow her to do her own thing, but if she's got priveleges at Mercy, at least, than she has to have a backup OB. The midwife I used (Kathleen Sloane) also has priveleges there. Although I was told that the reason she doesn't do homebirths anymore is that her backup OB won't agree to be her backup (thereby allowing her ot have priveleges at Mercy and UM) if she does them (he's a dick) and required her to sign a contract stating that she wouldn't do them. I don't understand why she didn't just go with a different doc, but she didn't. WE don't have to have backup OB's while birthing, but CNM's who practice individually do. At least, that is what I've read and how it was explained to me.
 

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DaladyRivkah is completely correct. CNMs in Maryland cannot even get a license to practice without a signed practice agreement from a physician. This is not the case in all states but is true in MD.
 

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Evelyn has privileges only at Mercy now where she does deliveries as well as has full back up for Alternative Birth Choices. Many of her clients come for tours at Mercy (which I run weekly) because they have either chosen to deliver there or would like to see the hospital just in case they need to transfer care.
 

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See, what I'm saying is that there is no way on this green, green earth that Either one of those two hospitals would allow her to have priveleges without her having backup. It is likely that she has priveleges at one of those hospitals because of the fact that her backup ob does. This does not mean that the ob is in any way involved in her practice. They prolly have a strictly "legal issues" relationship, but if she's got hospital priveleges, she's got backup. You can't fly under the radar while having hospital priveleges. Also, having ob backup does not mean that her patients would be aware of it, and in fact, I see no reason for it to ever come up. The only time she's even need the backup at all would be in the very rare chance that someone she was assisting actually needed a 'section. CNM's just aren't qualified for that.
 

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I'd perfer no one to ever use MGH either!! I started my pregnancy there and it's a NIGHTMARE place. UGH.<br><br><br>
We are basically saying the same things at this point. She has fulfilled her legal obligation by having herself on record with backup of somekind. I did specifically say that her mysery backup may not in any way be involved in her practice, and that is how it sounds she's running it. Good for her. The more I hear about her, the more I like her. She sounds like someone I might be comfortable seeing while planning a UC.
 
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