Midewife & Birthing Center Recommendations?
uMamas - we have another request for your input, suggestions. Please post them here!
It sounds like some of you have had homebirths and I was wondering if I could get some referrals for midwives. I had 2 out-of-hospital births (1st at a Birth Center and 2nd at home – same midwife) in the SF Bay Area and don’t really know anyone in the birth community here. I have a friend who is about 11 weeks pregnant with her 2nd; her 1st is already 5 ½. She’s struggling with A LOT of vomiting and nausea, so I want to help her out by doing some homework on her behalf. Her 1st birth was in a hospital, but she’s open to the idea of a homebirth. She’s also concerned about their financial situation – she doesn’t have any insurance and is not sure that she will qualify for OHP. Their income is low enough but they have money in the bank from her partner’s inheritance, which they were planning to sink into a new house. Of course, the idea of buying a new house at the moment is a bit overwhelming. Anyway…I’d love to hear about some midwives or Birth Centers that you’ve had experience with. Please feel free to be as detailed as you like – why you liked her, anything you didn’t like, etc. (I love birth stories!) And I’d really love to hear from anyone who had a hospital birth 1st and then chose to have a homebirth next. I don’t feel totally qualified to speak about that since I’ve never actually been to a hospital birth. If you have any advice or experience with the financial challenge, I’d love to hear about that as well. I know my midwife worked out a trade agreement with us, so if you know anyone who is open to that, let me know. Thanks for the opportunity to take advantage of this great community!