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Midwives..? StuffyLicks 1 child; Ohio 158 posts
2nd Sep '13

I'm not pregnant, just curious. With my DD I went to an OB. When we decide to TTC, I would like to avoid OBs..and go for something very relaxed and natural with as little medical intervention as possible. What is it like working with a midwife? Do you still have to see a doctor? Do you still get all the testing (diabetes, ect)? Do you still have ultrasounds? Any info/experience you have would be awesome!

Iyahna :^P Southern California, CA, United States 13488 posts
2nd Sep '13

I had a midwife my first 26 weeks with this baby.i thought she was a bitch and switched back to an OB.i like OBs better.you still get the tests and stuff with a midwife.

user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
2nd Sep '13

With DD I had an OB, with DS I had midwives.



I loved having midwives. I got all the regular tests, blood tests, glucose, group b strep, pap smear etc. They're also able to write prescriptions and order ultrasounds. I never had to see a regular doc.



It was very hands off. When I went into labor I didn't put the monitors on, I didn't have to lay on my back, in fact I delivered him on my hands and knees in the shower. I didn't get an epidural but I couldve had access to pain meds had I wanted them.



It was awesome. I definitely recommend midwives over OBs.

Squid Kid Unavailable, NA, United States 32450 posts
2nd Sep '13

I used a midwife with DD at 32+ weeks and see her for all my yearly care. She does everything an OB can except C-sections. It was very relaxed and she was very friendly. All the regular tests and ultrasounds, but she was so much more friendly.



The OB told me that my baby would die if I had a water birth and wanted to hook me up to IVs and give me an epidural. So I said "Fuck that" at 27 weeks and left.

Mummy-2-2-Monsters TTC since Aug 2014; 2 kids; Seven Hills, Australia 10041 posts
status 2nd Sep '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting StuffyLicks:</b>" I'm not pregnant, just curious. With my DD I went to an OB. When we decide to TTC, I would like to avoid ... [snip!] ... Do you still get all the testing (diabetes, ect)? Do you still have ultrasounds? Any info/experience you have would be awesome!"</blockquote>



In Australia you only have midwives unless there is an epidural request, c-section or complications.



They do all the tests still per norm.



You only get the Down's syndrome (sorry I don't know the proper name for this scan) ultrasound and they tell the gender during that ultrasound too.



They do regular check ups. And are with you til the very end when you take baby home.

bia. 2 kids; ., ., Portugal 75228 posts
2nd Sep '13

I had midwives with both my kids.



Yes, I got scans, bloods,everything you get if with an OB, only thing I didn't have was, being 'checked' , I loved both of them. :)

Emma+Abby+Logan+Charlotte 4 kids; Oregon 3628 posts
2nd Sep '13

I have a midwife for all of my pregnancies . My fourth was born in the hospital ( my midwife was in the middle of another birth and i progressed super fast . My first three were born in a free standing birth center and were water births . My midwife was amazing. Though she offers all the standard test I didn't get them all . My midwife is a CPM so she can't proscribe meds and doesn't have hospital privileges but a CNM would . In my midwifes practice she does post pardom care for the first six weeks. For the first week she comes every other day to check up and offer lactation help as well as takening care of mama and baby , the second to third week she comes twice to weigh the baby and then once a week till six weeks. I love my midwife and midwifery care in general . If you get the right midwife she can make you labor, birth and post pardom excelent .

dollie ♥ Leo& Blaine 3 kids; Milwaukee, WI, United States 1638 posts
3rd Sep '13

I had midwives with my last pregnancy. I liked them, they were very friendly and got to know my family. I still got all my tests and ultrasounds done. However, for the birth of my son all 3 of them claimed to be on vacation so I had a dr deliver him anyways.
I'm just sticking to the doctors this time so I know who will deliver my baby.