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We have recently moved to Massachusetts and am considering a homebirth and or birth center birth for our child due in late July. Does anyone have an opinion about the Birthplace at Wellsley? I have started there and am considering other options. I also would love some information about midwives doing home births in the boston/central mass area. Any information would be greatly appreciated!!<br><br>
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I've never been to the birthplace but know quite a few people that have used it and have been very happy with thier experience. The only midwift that I know in the area is Joyce Kimball. She's located in Worcester. I don't know where you are from but I do know that she travels to the birthplace as a doula.
 

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Hi,<br><br>
My name is Amanda and I am a Postpartum doula in Boston. If you need any help, please let me know. Also, where are you located? I could refer you some birth doulas.<br><br>
Good luck,<br>
Amanda.
 

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I took a hypnobirthing class with Nancy Wainer, who's considered THE homebirth midwife in our area. She's in Needham. The class was great--went way beyond hypnobirthing--and she is a kind, if a little quirky, mature woman who really knows her stuff. Our midwife was at Beth Israel and it now at South Shore Hospital (so probably too far for you), but she is having a homebirth in Boston with Valerie Houdenias. I think she's affiliated with WomanCare in Cambridge/Somerville. I definitely recommend hiring a doula. We used Wanda Blanckenberg (bostondoula.com) and were very happy we did after 34 hours of epi-free labor! She's very familiar with the hospital scene and worked well with our midwife. Hope that helps. Good luck!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> for Valerie Hodenius,, she is an awesome woman and midwife. The Womencare Midwives merged with the Midwives at Mt Auburn, but Valerie stayed with Dr Levine and Womencare and is now doing home births.<br><a href="http://www.womencare.org/" target="_blank">http://www.womencare.org/</a><br><br>
I am using the Mt Auburn Midwives for this baby and I'm very happy with them. I had baby #2 at Mt Auburn Hospital, and was very pleased with my very hands off birth there. Plus, they do waterbirths <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><a href="http://www.mamah.org/" target="_blank">http://www.mamah.org/</a>
 

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Welcome to Massachusetts, and welcome to the MDC boards! I've been lurking here for awhile, but was planning on soon posting with the exact same info request you've posted. So thanks for beating me to it!<br><br>
I birthed my first child at home unassisted, but am looking for a homebirth midwife for my next pregnancy/birth for prenatal care and backup. I'm also considering the Birthplace at Wellesley. I've got some time, as I'm not even pregnant yet, but I figure finding the right care provider might take awhile.<br><br>
Good luck with your search.
 

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I'm guessing that you've found a place to have your baby given that you were due in July :), but for anyone else who might have found this thread ...<br><br>
I have to disagree about the Mt. Auburn Midwives. I was rather disappointed with the care I received from them in the end. I felt like they were relying on the hospital technology way too much and they were "medwives". In the end, the ob who was on call when dd was delivered was more willing to wait than the midwife who was all set to vacuum her out. Maybe it was just the two who delivered my baby or maybe it was just me, but I was not a satisfied customer and wouldn't use them again.<br><br>
I was also upset after the vacuum delivery because I was told "at least you had the birth you wanted" by 3 of the 4 midwives I came into contact with after dd was born (3 in the hospital, 1 at my postpartum checkup). I don't think so! That was definitely NOT the birth I wanted. I believe they said that because I didn't have an epidural.
 

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I have to agree about the Mt. Auburn Midwives. When I had dd in Dec 2000 the WomenCare midwives had just joined Mt. Auburn and also merged with some midwives from the Deaconess-Waltham facility. The midwife who helped us was very medical and not particularly helpful.<br><br>
I had hoped that Valerie would be the midwife to assist me. She is amazing!
 

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I had a doula from central Mass...her name was Juniper Talbot...she is absolutely wonderful!
 

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What a cool name - Juniper - love it!<br><br>
Would you mind asking her if it would be ok for you to give me her contact info? Or you could give her mine.<br><br>
We moved to Massachusetts a few months ago and I am slowly connecting with other doulas.<br><br>
Thanks~<br><br>
Wanda
 

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download the Mass Friends of Midwives (mfom) directory at mfom.org<br><br>
Or PM me and I will mail it to you.<br><br>
There are a number of excellent midwives and excellent doulas in the area. I will give my reccomendations in a PM.
 

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I'm bumping this thread because I'm now officially looking for a midwife in eastern MA. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> If anyone has any recommendations for a homebirth midwife in the Boston area please share here or PM me. I'm looking for someone really hands off during labor. As you can see from my sig, I had a UC with my first, and I'm thinking about doing the same this time, but I'd like to explore all my options. Thanks!
 
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