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<p>Hi!  I am new to MDC and I am looking for some good homebirth resources in Michigan.  I am in Livingston County, but Ann Arbor is not far from us.  I have found the names of a few CPMs in the area but would love some personal recommendations.  Thanks in advance!</p>
 

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<p>We had <a href="http://newmoonmidwifery.com/" target="_blank">http://newmoonmidwifery.com/</a> and they were super great!  Very kind, earthy and friendly.  We lived in Ypsi at the time but my inlaws live in Pickney- so that is not too far.  I think they serve all that area.</p>
 

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<p>Hey, and welcome!  I used Yolanda Visser of Birthsong Midwifery out of Grand Rapids. Sounds like you'd be a bit far, but she was awesome.  <span><img alt="love.gif" height="16" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif" width="23"></span></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>crayon</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279214/looking-for-homebirth-resources-in-mi#post_16054319"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif"></a><br><br><p>We had <a href="http://newmoonmidwifery.com/" target="_blank">http://newmoonmidwifery.com/</a> and they were super great!  Very kind, earthy and friendly.  We lived in Ypsi at the time but my inlaws live in Pickney- so that is not too far.  I think they serve all that area.</p>
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I have used New Moon before and can vouch for them. Perfect midwifery services.<br><br>
I have also heard very good things about Stacia. <a href="http://www.trilliumbirthservices.com" target="_blank">www.trilliumbirthservices.com</a><br><br>
The Michigan midwifery website might help too <a href="http://michiganmidwives.org/" target="_blank">http://michiganmidwives.org/</a>
 

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<p>My midwife is Kate Mazzara, she is fabulous!  <a href="http://www.mazzaramidwifery.com" target="_blank">www.mazzaramidwifery.com</a></p>
 

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<p>Thank you all so much!  Has anyone used Beth Barbeau in Ann Arbor?  </p>
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<p>Crayon - I grew up in Pinckeny and we are actually moving back to the area soon!  </p>
 

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I had a very good experience with both Kate Mazzara and Stacia.
 

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<p>I've never attended a birth with her, but I've heard only good things about Beth Barbeau.</p>
 

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<p>I'd also like to pipe in with support for New Moon!  They were professional, warm, wise...  wonderful practice!  They assisted with both of my births.</p>
 

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<p>I have worked with Kate and Stacia- both are amazing. Stacia is out of Ann Arbor and Kate is out of Howell, so I think that both would service your area.</p>
 

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<p>Sorry to bump this, but given that I just had my babe at home, I wanted to share...</p>
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<p>I personally would not go with Beth Barbeau. I'll leave it at that; PM if you want the nitty-gritty. Having said that...</p>
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<p>Pat Kramer all the way! <span><img alt="joy.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif"></span> She's amazing, as low- or high-intervention as you're comfortable with, and her doula Michelle is the sweetest, most hilarious thing on two legs. I had the best experience imaginable, with them, and was cared for beyond anything I expected - and I had a pretty easy pregnancy overall (emotional stuff notwithstanding)</p>
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<p>Let me know if you want Pat's contact info  <span><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"></span></p>
 

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Is Pat Kramer still practicing? I thought she'd retired long ago. She actually delivered me....<br><br>
Sorry, OT, but I am curious.
 

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<p>I also want to recommend Amanda Topping.  She just reopened her practice, so she doesn't show up on a lot of midwifery searches:</p>
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<p>Riversidemidwifery.net</p>
 

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<p>Yep, Pat's still practicing - has a lovely office on the northwest-ish side of Ann Arbor, very prompt with phone calls, attentive, just the bee's knees. Plus, she was great with my depression/anxiety issues. I 100% believe I had a successful birth because of her support and her belief that *I* could do it - not that 500 different interventionist steps were needed. Her focus was on giving me the birth I wanted. Can't say enough great things about her and her assistant - who, BTW, did a stellar job scouring out my bathroom and my towels! It looked like I committed murder in there. :)</p>
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<p>Her assistant, Michelle, is incredibly well-educated, familiar with current medical standards as well as homeopathic/natural-care methods, and does a great job presenting both sides neutrally. They really allow you to direct your own process, what you want, need, etc. Really, I will stop tooting their horn!  :)</p>
 

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<p>I know that I am posting this months later, but:</p>
<p>I used Pat Kramer for my first 2 & had a fabulous experience. I am pg with #3 & of course, who else would I go with? I agree: Pat Kramer all the way!!!<span><img alt="joy.gif" height="39" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif" width="42"></span></p>
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<p>Please elaborate on your recommendation NOT to use Beth Barbeau.  It is important to me to vet any potential midwife selection. </p>
 

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<p>I too am interested in hearing more about why no Beth Berbeau and am having trouble private messaging. Feel free to private message me if you prefer. Thank you!</p>
 

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<p>I'm having the same problem with PM.  I think it relates to permissions given by other members???  Perhaps related to "following" other members. </p>
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<p>I don't see why, if there is something negative to report by way of protecting mothers, it would not be appropriate to reply to this discussion the reasons not to use Beth.  So far I have no complaints in my dealings with her, and mothers I've talked to who worked with her had glowing reviews.  I'd like to know as upcoming decisions I have to make depend on the info I gather.  Inuendo is not useful.</p>
 
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