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Julie
03-10-2011, 05:14 PM
Im looking into a midwife im not pregnant yet but planing for summer of 2012 when i try to get prgo's i had a C section with my first he was a huge baby 10lbs 12oz and didn't feel like coming out even after being induced i just wouldn't go into labor no contractions or anything. So thinking that maybe my next baby will be different probably still big but i still want to try a natural birth and experience labor and delivery weird i know but i still want to try. Now that you know my life story LOL What do people think of midwives i did some research and think it may be a good path and different experience. Has anybody had one and how did you like them wich do you prefer it will be in a hospital setting i still want the option of drugs:D

Emilys4Guppies
03-10-2011, 09:21 PM
I have had 4 natural births.

My first was 10lbs...born at 42 weeks.
My second was 9.5lbs born at 40 weeks.
My third was 8.5lbs born at 41 weeks.
My fourth was 9.5lbs born at 41 weeks.

I used midwives with all of my births...the first baby was born in hospital but the other three were born at home. Midwives are a wonderful experience!! The time taken, compared to an OB is amazing...as is the personalization of care. Each appointment was an hour, and I never felt rushed. Midwives in Ontario can write prescriptions, get ultrasounds, and have hospital priviledges so you can birth in hospital if you are not comfortable with homebirth.

The best part is that they are covered by OHIP! The goverment doesnt' typically cover risky business, so that's a good sign for those who are skeptical.

Also, having had 4 relatively large babies, I will say that the baby's POSITION means more than the baby's SIZE. My 8lb baby was my most difficult birth (although my smallest)...his head was in the wrong position and it made for a very long labour that stalled at 8cm. I ended up doing squats on the stairs to enable him to move his head into the pelvis properly (my midwife suggested it)...something I couldn't have done if I'd had an epidural, and it made all the difference!! He would have been a cesarean otherwise, she said.

If you have any questions at all please feel free to PM me or ask here. I'm very open and there isn't much that I won't share.

mamaof4
03-10-2011, 10:47 PM
I adore midwives. Adore. I cannot say enough good things about them

LisaQ
03-11-2011, 05:51 AM
I'm in the UK and the system is a little different; having midwives is the norm over here. I agree with mamaof4. The midwife I had for my daughter's birth was an absolute gem, I could not have done it without her. She really made me appreciate what my body is capable of.

amberley7890
03-11-2011, 07:40 PM
I had a midwife for all three of my children and they are wonderful! I've never had one complaint.

Nifer
06-30-2011, 12:17 AM
LOVE midwives!

I always knew I wanted to use a midwife. I have been to ob visits w/friends, as well as stayed the night in hospital w/one friend(optional c) and was at a hospial birth(natural) for another. They pretty much confirmed my choice.

I had my son at home in a water birth. Best experience ever! My mother im law was there-shes had 6 kids(26-9yo) and said if she could go back, she would have a midwife for all of them.

They offer the best care throughout your whole pregnancy. I plan on doing the same for my next child.

mamaof4
06-30-2011, 09:51 PM
an aside- one of my homebirthing friends had a midwife and was all set to deliver at home- her midwife caught an issue before delivering- that would normally not have been picked up until after delivery-because of her attentive care, her baby was delivered safely.

Dreamtree
07-01-2011, 12:27 AM
Quick question,

If you have a birth with your midwife in a hospital are their any doctors attending?

sunnydays
07-01-2011, 08:18 AM
I loved my two experiences with a midwife and hated my experience with an OB! I had my children in the hospital with a midwife and to me it was the best of both worlds. They care so much and spend so much extra time with you and work with you on what you would like. You still get all the testing that you want done and you can have drugs if you want (I never did), plus if you are in the hospital there are doctors on call who can come if there is an emergency, but if everything goes well there are no doctors involved. Much more peaceful!

Emilys4Guppies
07-02-2011, 11:22 AM
If you have a midwife-attended low risk birth in a hospital there would no doctors present. Your birth professional in that case would be the midwife. However, if there are complications then a doctor can be called in for consultation, but your midwives remain with you for the entire birth experience.

With my first, there were complications that required our homebirth to transfer to hospital. The complications were such that my care was transferred to the OB who was working and he caught my son. My midwives stayed with me until I was comfortable and ready to sleep after the delivery.

Dreamtree
07-02-2011, 01:09 PM
I see. Thank you for the info. I was thinking of having a midwife, but my fiance would want a doctor on the premisis in case of complications, so I guess having a midwife and an in-hospital delivery would be the way to go!

CPST_Manda
08-24-2011, 10:39 AM
I had a midwife for both my birth experiences (one hospital, one home) and I didn't care for my particular midwife the first time around, but I do share similar philosophies to the midwifery model of care so I chose midwives again for my 2nd. Well, I had to unless I wanted to go UC which I was not comfortable with :P

xingfu6789
10-22-2012, 04:06 AM
I used midwives with all of my births...the first baby was born in hospital but the other three were born at home. Midwives are a wonderful experience!! The time taken, compared to an OB is amazing...as is the personalization of care. Each appointment was an hour, and I never felt rushed. Midwives in Ontario can write prescriptions, get ultrasounds, and have hospital priviledges so you can birth in hospital if you are not comfortable with homebirth.



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Nurse2
02-23-2013, 01:49 PM
Definitely go with a Midwife. They are very skilled at what they do, and are 100% involved in the pregnancy, birth and post-pardum care. They give you more time to express your concerns and talk about options. You will also be in control of all decision making, which is the best part. You choose what kinds of intervention you want in all aspects. However, Midwives usually do not promote pain meds....

I had two natural home births with both my children. So fulfilling and empowering! I'm kind of an extremist on this....but it's so nice to be at home, and not have to deal with hospitals and doctors. I always say, hospitals are for sick people, not for healthy moms and newborns. Also, taking pain meds or induction meds during labour can lead to c-sections and have a very negative effect on you and your baby. Heart, Respiratory problems, etc.

If you are set on having hospital birth though, Midwives usually associate with obstetricians and specific hospitals, so she can accommodate you if you choose that route.

Vtorrance
02-23-2013, 06:25 PM
Love midwives. I used them for both my children. The 1st was at the hospital in and out in about 4 hours. Didn't have to stay there which was great. 2nd I had at home. The best decision ever. So relaxing and not stressful. I was in the comfort of my own home. They are so good at questions anytime. I had complications with my 2nd in my first trimester and they were so good. I could page them anytime. Plus I love that they come to your home after the birth to check on you and the baby. No lugging a new baby to the doctors with sick people. Can't wait to have them when we have our 3rd! Enjoy

Monday 2 Friday Mama
02-24-2013, 10:30 PM
While I think midwives are fabulous, and I encourage you to pursue a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean) if that is what you want, I hope you are planning on having your babe in a hospital setting where a medical assistance is quickly available if you need it. Remember: a healthy baby and a healthy Mum are the goal - how the baby arrives (naturally, induced, c-section) is not as important as keeping everyone safe and sound. =)