November 19, 2011,
J.C. asks from Mesa, AZ on November 18, 2011
Looking for a Midwife Who Delivers at Banner Desert or Banner Gateway
I am expecting my 5th baby in 8 weeks. I am starting to have some real concerns about delivering my baby with my regular OB, and I'm worried about the hospital staff not providing adequate support when I'm in labor. Does anyone know of a midwife with delivery privileges at Banner Desert or Banner Gateway?
R.S. answers from Phoenix on November 19, 2011
My sister delivered her son in July with a fabulous midwife from Valley Women for Women, they deliver at Mercy Gilbert and I believe Banner Gateway. She loved her midwife, her name was Janet, but all the midwifes there are wonderful.
C.B. answers from Phoenix on November 19, 2011
I do know that Banner Gateway does not credential nurse midwives to do deliveries at their hospital. I work with Dr. Brass at the Center for True Harmony, and we do our deliveries at Gateway. Dr. Brass has more of a natural take on labor and birth. You may want to check out her practice:) www.trueharmonywellness.com or you can email her any questions you may have at ____@____.com for Banner Desert, I was under the impression that all EastValley Banner hospitals do not have midwives delivering. Best of Luck to you!
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S.D. answers from Phoenix on November 19, 2011
I have been a long time patient of Dr. Brass' myself and I would highly recommend her. She will accommodate your wishes and is more of an advocate for her patients than any other OBGYN I know. I just had my second girl this past January and the entire experience was perfect! I think that Dr. Brass was just as excited as we were. :)
I don't believe most hospitals give any credentials to midwives as they do not carry insurance and there is a huge liability for the hospital. I think you'd have to go to a "birthing center" and I'm not sure there are any of those locally.
B.B. answers from Phoenix on November 19, 2011
Banner does not use midwives at this time, however, you may try Valley Women for Women, there is a midwife there by the name of Belinda Hodder who has privileges at Mercy Gilbert and Chandler Regional. Good Luck.
R.C. answers from Phoenix on November 19, 2011
I don't know of any nurse midwives with privileges at Banner Desert. I delivered all 3 of my babies there and had excellent labor and delivery care. My OB was with Contemporary Care for Women and although he attended my first delivery, he wasn't available for my last 2 so I had other MDs in the practice deliver my babies. My second was a post dates induction and very difficult, but the nursing staff was great. My second was a very quick natural delivery (we were there 45 min before delivery because I labored a little too long at home:) without IV and the Dr. asked me in what position I wanted to deliver (he actually said he would kneel by me on the floor if I preferred to squat--what an awesome guy Dr. Lepetich is). It was a beautiful experience. With my third, I arrived 2 hours before delivery and I spent 1 1/2 hours in a Jacuzzi tub which reduced my pain by at least 80%, I stood up at 9 cm, water broke and they wheeled me across the hall where I delivered 20 min later. It was another really great experience for my husband and I.
I'm sorry I don't know of any midwives practicing there, and I have chosen to remain home full time with my 3 little ones since 2005. Just know that Banner Desert has great OB RNs and they seemed more than happy to accomodate my requests for a quiet, natural labor and delivery with just my loving husband and necessary medical staff present. Best wishes and Congrats on #5! Nurse Midwife Mom
S.G. answers from Phoenix on November 19, 2011
I worked at Banner Desert and they do not allow midwives to deliver. I am not sure about Gateway. I can assure you that the nursing staff is very good at Desert; you just need to tell them your needs/wants/expectations. Who is your OB? I could provide some insight there as well.