A.F. asks from Fort Worth, TX on November 13, 2008
Anyone Willing to Share Their Birthing Stories Using FW Hospital-based Midwives?
We just moved from Austin. We had our first baby at Austin Area Birthing Center and wanted to have baby # 2 at a birthing center but there aren't any in FW. Has anyone had good experiences using the midwives that practice at Baylor All Saints FW or Harrist Methodist SW FW? It is VERY important that our firstborn be at the birth if he wants to be, and that the midwive support breastfeeding during pregnancy and tandem nursing if that's how it works out.
C.M. answers from Dallas on November 14, 2008
They are not hospital based, but very professional. We used Family Birthing Services in Grand Prairie. Okay so not is Fort Worth either. But you still might look them up. They might know references for you. Their center is also a training center. You can go to them or they can come to you for a home birth.
All four of my children were delivered there. Helen Jolly delivered one of my four and Lisa Thomas delivered my last one. They always were very careful about taking care of the babies and my needs. If any high risks come up they are skilled and paying close attention to get you in doctor's care. I thought with my fourth child I would try going to the hospital instead. I wanted to have the pain relief. I couldn't get myself to do that. I was so spoiled to the care there, that I had to go again. You are very pampered by everyone. They truly love helping moms and their babies.
M.M. answers from Dallas on November 14, 2008
I actually live in Fort Worth and work out of the birthing center in Cleburne which is fairly close. Feel free to check it out: www.cleburnebirthingcenter.com (Website is under re-construction right now)
We encourage parents to have their children be at the birth if desired and certainly support tandem nursing as well!
Many blessings to you!
A.F. answers from Dallas on November 14, 2008
Same type of answer for you:)...I am using Special Beginnings birth center in Grand Prairie. (Betty Winford) If you're in Ft. Worth, any of the birth centers listed here should be fine for you! I'm over 30 minutes from my birth center in Grand Prairie, and some women use BCs about an hour away from their homes. Also, you could look into home births. Gentle Beginnings midwives (the one in Hurst) are awesome, too.
M.G. answers from Dallas on November 14, 2008
Not at a hospital, but Christy Martin at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst is phenomenal!!!
C.C. answers from Dallas on November 14, 2008
I am currently pregnant, 28 weeks, and we've been using a group of midwives called Texas Health Care Nurse-Midwives and I will deliver at Baylor All Saints FW downtown. We were recommended this group of midwives through a friend that gave birth a year ago. I have a daughter and we used an OB w/ her. This time around I wanted to use a midwife. We "shopped" around and visited several different midwives. This is the group we felt was the best fit for us. We have been very pleased w/ them so far!
M.T. answers from Dallas on November 14, 2008
My husband and I gave birth to our first 6 months ago at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst. http://www.gentlebeginningsbc.com/
Ann Crowell was our midwife and it was WONDERFUL. She has either 10 or 20 yrs of experience, and her center is right off of 183, close to 820.
S.J. answers from Los Angeles on November 16, 2008
i just moved out here from orange county california in july and was very lucky to have found christy martin at gentle begingings birth center in hurst. she can help you out at a birth center, home or would probably even be willing to help you out in a hospital either being a doula or possibly a midwife. go see her at the birth center first though before you rule it out, and if you haven't seen the documentry, the business of being born, watch it, it could enlighten you to an out of hospital experience. i had my first baby in september and couldn't have been happier with the experience. she is so caring, has years of experience, was a pediactric nurse prior to becoming a midwife, and still is here for me when i have questions concerning myself or my daughter. she cares a great deal about her work and her patients. contact me if you have any questions.
R. answers from Dallas on November 16, 2008
I had the midwives of Andrew's Midwife Center that are associate with Baylor down town. *west magnolia*.
They are nice, and care for you. Sharon, Nancy and the nurses
are great. The staff at Baylor are great too.
Nancy was the one who saw my son first. *midwife*.
I would recommend them with no problem. Baylor's rooms are really nice.
Breastfeeding: they will ask if you want to and if you have concerns. At the hospital, they will make sure you and your little one are breastfeeding good with checking in and making sure your questions and concerns are addressed including a lactation specialist.
I did not ask, it is up to you who you want in the room. Ask
the person/midwife if there is a limitation. The birthing room is big at Baylor *2 tv's and seating for 6.