K.D. asks from Cumming, GA on June 15, 2008
I just found out I am pregnant with my second child. My first delivery was not an ideal experience. I felt like the doctors were rushing the whole delivery (overdoses of pitocin) and I ended up having an emergency C-section. I was hoping that this time I could get my care through a midwife, and hopefully have a successful VBAC. I have regular medical insurance, but no maternity. My husband just started a new job and it is unsure whether or not I will be eligible for coverage through that. So, I guess my questions are has anyone used a midwife in this area, and what was that like? Did you go to a birthing center, or were there home visits? Would you reccomend? What are the costs? Any information would be helpful. This is new to me, so any suggestions as far as care for me and my baby would really be great.
J.M. answers from Raleigh on June 16, 2008
I was under midwife care w/ my son (15months) through the birth center in chapel hill and would recommend it to anyone, everyone. i ended up transferring to UNC hospitals for a vac assist, but i was totally ok with it and was able to labor at the birth center as long as possible. i think they cannot do vbacs on site, but they may be able to provide care and deliver you in the hospital (the midwives have practicing privileges at UNC hospital), or they might refer you to UNC family physicians, I have also heard wonderful things about Ami. Definitely second the doula recommendation, there are a few who do specialize in vbacs...the birth center has a list of doulas i think. Edited to add: congrats! and go you for trying for a vbac!
M.P. answers from Raleigh on June 16, 2008
I'm not sure where in NC you live but i heard WONDERFUL things about http://ncbirthcenter.com/. i was close to delivering here, but due to distance, i kind of freaked out and chose the nearest hospital down the st. i think it's worth a visit. they're a great group. on a side note - i had a midwife deliver at a hospital...it was a hospital experience, but better than a hospital experience with an OB. good luclk!
E.A. answers from Raleigh on June 16, 2008
I had a successful VBAC in Nov. with UNC Family Practice. They are located in Chapel Hill and have a midwife on staff, Ami, who actually delivered my little boy. I live in Raleigh and the drive was definitely worth the care I recieved. You can also contact ICAN for more information on support and care providers. If you are unable to find a midwife in your area, then I would strongly encourage you hire a doula with VBAC experience. We used doulas for both births and are so glad we did. Let me know if there is anything else you need.
M.H. answers from Raleigh on June 16, 2008
I delivered my second child at Rex. Just felt more comfortable in a hospital. I did bring in my own doula. I highly recommend a good doula. I was able to do my VBAC. The first delivery was awful and ended in a C-section. If you cant find a good midwife then go with a doula. It is well worth it.