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Tuesday, May 4, 2010


I am thrilled to announce that James and I FINALLY found a midwife and we love her!!

Not only does she do homebirths, but she lives right in our town, literally 5 minutes from our house. She was so cute and bubbly, had over 10 years of experience, had a backup plan/doctor in case of a hospital transfer situation--she was just awesome in every way!

I love that she is her whole business--when I call her phone, she answers. When I have an appt, it is with her--and get this--she will come to MY house! Or I can go to hers! What a great excuse to clean my house once a month (at least). Lately I've really been trying to search for a personalized "doctor" experience, and let me tell you, it is difficult to find in this day and age! But James and I both unanimously loved her.

She is NOT covered by our insurance, but her fee is so reasonable that it is probably less than we would end up paying through co-pays and deductible fees with an insured person anyway. And, to me, it is so worth it to have the home-birth I want.

In my head I have been building this vision of having my baby at home for probably over a year now, and I have fallen in love with every part of it. When we were having so much trouble finding someone who would attend a home-birth, I tried to imagine my vision changing with each midwife we met with, and it just didn't seem right. I did NOT want to be driving to Hartford Hospital in the heat of labor, and I sure as hell didn't want to give birth there--their C-section rate is like 1 in 4! I don't want to be a statistic.

I have worked hard to change my vision of birth from the scary televised perception of it--to realize that birth is normal, that our bodies know what to do, that trust and the release of fear can go way farther than an epidural. Now I look forward to the transformational natural birthing experience and something in my gut told me, DEEPLY, that I would not find it at the hospital.

So James and I are both beyond thrilled. Our first (real) appt. with her is on Thursday, she will do family history and all kinds of other things with us. I am so excited.

Any nay-sayers--Watch the "Business of Being Born", and then we'll talk.


Alyssa said...

Congratulations!! I'm so happy you were able to find someone that fits with your wants/needs.

mpence said...

What a great intake appointment you had! I am so excited for you! I wish I had been as well informed as you are with my first! I took what I was told by dr and didn't question it...not a good place to start!

I had my first homebirth with my 6th baby, and it was an unassisted home water birth after 2 c-sections...it was phenonimal! I would have said my 2 unmedicated vbacs in the hosptial were good until this birth - it was unlike anything I had experienced and more wonderful that I had ever imagined! We are hoping to have a midwife this time, but if she won't work with us, we will go unassisted again...that is how great it was!

You are going to do great!

Amy said...

Yay!! Congrats!!! I loved my midwife too, although I did NOT want a home birth, namely because we lived in a house with no curtains on any of the windows, and it was my DAD's house, and he did not want to see that, plus I told my mom she could be there for the birth and she refuses to come to my dad's house so I had to go to the hospital, and it was really crappy. But my Dr. was great!

Her Able Hands said...

What great news Adrienne! I loved working with my midwife and having natural childbirth the second time around! :) I had an emergency delivery with Isa in the hospital the first time around but was able to deliver in the birth center with Tristan. It was a great experience. I'm glad your getting your home birth! Wahhoo

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