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So it seems like the availability of midwife practices are pretty limited in Delaware County. I saw many old posts on forums about the Midwives of Delaware County, which was a part of Crozer Keystone, and I found out the other day that they've been closed - they now just have the OBGYN Assoc. of Delaware County which only has two midwives! And you aren't able to use exclusively them so it's not clear to me if they have a midwife-oriented care model.

Only other options seem to be The Birth Place and Penn Medicine's OBGYN/Nurse Midwifery. The Birth Place seems great, but I kinda prefer to deliver exclusively at a hospital (just assuring to have an obstetrician, NICU, and necessary technology on another floor or across the hall, rather than across the street). Plus I'm already 15 weeks in and I'm afraid they might fill up (just went to their info session tonight and will be calling about their availability tomorrow, ASAP). Penn hospital's main downside is being smack in the middle of Philly, and would rather not go into the city for all the appointments, or at God knows what hour, going into labor.

Does anyone know of any other options? I live in Media, PA and prefer the provider/hospital be within half an hour away.
 

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I do not know of any midwives specific to DelCo. I wonder if this doula might know? http://www.delcodoula.com/

I would say though, many moms-to-be will travel quite a distance for the right care provider. You can't get your first birth (or any birth!) experience back. You said you'd like to be in a hospital; know that home birth midwives come with all the same equipment that you'd need in an unexpected emergency, that typically most of the "interventions" are only needed because of what they do to laboring women (continuous fetal monitoring aka can't move around, pitocin, epidurals, etc.). My husband wasn't comfortable with a home birth for our first for similar reasons. I had a hospital based midwife whom I thought would honor my wishes; she did not & I ended up with a medically managed birth that was traumatic to my daughter & I. I highly recommend the movie: The Business of Being Born. Along the same lines, this book comes highly recommended also: http://www.amazon.com/Your-Baby-Way-Pregnancy-Childbirth/dp/1451636091/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1455484725&sr=1-1&keywords=business+of+baby

I'd encourage you to explore what it is that makes you say you want to birth in the hospital. For yourself, now.

All the best,
Sus
 
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