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Hey! We are moving to Asheville from Eugene, OR next summer. DS was a preemie born at 31 weeks. I had planned a homebirth and was very anti-doctor. Luckily my midwife was a wonderful advocate of my wishes and I had the most beautiful wonderful doctors. I had a perfect birth in the hospital and then cared for my ds in the NICU for 4 weeks.They expect the same thing to happen with the next pregnancy so I am very concerned about a) finding a good midwife and advocate for us, b) finding an exceptional perinatologist, and c) the hospital's ability to respect the needs of a would-be homebirthin' mama. Has anyone had a similar experiencein Asheville? How is the NICU? I feel so lucky to have been in Eugene for my last birth, I am very nervous about the change! Any info is appreciated, TIA! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I can't believe you never got an answer to your post about great midwives in Asheville. I highly, highly, highly recommend New Dawn midwifery. they have CNM(s) as well as at least one lay midwife. They've grown since I had my daughter with Jan, 6 years ago. They have privileges at Park Ridge hospital which is a vegetarian hospital (the people that run it are 7th day adventists) and they do homebirths. Here's a link to their website.<br><br><a href="http://www.newdawnmidwifery.com/home.htm" target="_blank">http://www.newdawnmidwifery.com/home.htm</a>
 

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the midwifes at new dawn are great!! Should you need it, the nicu at mission is one of the best in the east. They are used to the crunchiness of the area and are very respectful of the would-be homebirthin' family. This is a great place to live,give birth and raise a family!!
 

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New Dawn is great, but if you have a high-risk pregnancy, the last thing you want to do is high-tail it down to Fletcher to Park Ridge - unless, of course, you happen to live in the area. I've heard some not-so-great stuff about Park Ridge but that's another story.<br><br>
I cannot recommend enough the MAHEC offices on Hendersonville Rd. They have peris as well as mid-wives. Dr Imseis (em-SISE) is a FABULOUS perinatologist, Dr Coulson, his partner is also great but I think he just walks on water. He is non-alarmist, like so many other doctors were about my pregnancy. Also, I ended up having my gyn Beth Buys deliver my baby. Beth is THE BEST DOCTOR ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH. If it weren't for Beth, I would have had to have a c-section. So even if you don't see her for your birth, she's THE best gyn. I have lots of friends who've seen the midwives at MAHEC (same office), and loved them.
 
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