Nathan James, born March 10th, 2013 at 1:47 AM. He was born at home, in the water, caught by his father. 7 lbs. 11 oz. and 19″ long. I have my third little boy (and fourth child)! I am still so excited to say “my boys” and see all of them! Nathan is a week old Read More
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When you’re having a baby, there are so many decisions to make. Choosing a doctor, what tests to have (or not), what to eat…. And now you have to choose where to have your baby! Assuming you’re not choosing homebirth, you’ll still have a variety of options on where to have your baby (probably, depending Read More
Today’s post is very special! I have asked several people who experienced home birth in some way — whether they were successful, or planned one and ended up transferring to the hospital — to share their experiences with you today. This post is meant to allow you to see into the minds and hearts of Read More
This post is particularly important to me, because in my first pregnancy, I chose a doctor the same way I chose every doctor at that point: I looked through providers on my insurance website and picked one that seemed nice. (i.e. had a name I could pronounce, was close to home, was a DO instead of MD….) Up until this point I’d always ended up with pretty nice doctors, so I felt comfortable choosing an OB this way too. Too bad that it didn’t go well.
But what I learned from this experience is that you can and should change your provider if you feel that the first person you’ve met with does not mesh with what you want. You have hired this person! You are not stuck! You have the right to work with someone with whom you are comfortable. I alluded to this in my post on Choosing a Provider, but now it’s time to discuss it a little more.
When you find out you’re expecting (or are hoping to be shortly), one of the first things you’ll need to do is find some maternity care. Prenatal care is stressed no matter WHAT experience you are looking for because trained maternity personnel can help you determine if everything is progressing normally with your pregnancy — or not, so that you can get help if you need it. I wouldn’t recommend ever that ANYONE not have some type of prenatal care. But where you get it and who provides it can vary widely depending on what is available to you and your preferences.
If you are seeking a natural, drug-free birth (no matter where you want to give birth), midwives and doulas can help you to achieve your goal by supporting you and attending your birth. Midwives and doulas receive special training in what natural birth should be like, while OBs are trained surgeons. If something’s wrong, you want an OB. But if you’re a healthy, normal woman seeking a drug-free experience, a midwife and/or doula is the way to go.