Anyone have experience with a doula or midwife?
I may be switching from an ob/gyn to a midwife. If so, MAYBE I won't need a doula. A doula is not covered by my insurance either, but costs around $300 for meetings, labor, and post-delivery visits. I know I'm not using the correct language, so sorry about that. I was put off by my ob/gyn. I am 27 weeks and asked her about labor/delivery. She said we could talk about that at week 36. I was confused and thought that was strange. Isn't labor/delivery something you need to be prepared for? That scares me. The way the office talks about being induced and c-sections, like it's no big deal. Well, it is a big deal to me.
So I'm looking into my options. It's kind of stressful, but I know that within a week or two it will all be settled and I will feel more comfortable when the big day arrives.
I had my first son with a Midwife (certified nurse midwife) and a hospital birth- I am doing the same with this pregnancy. I loved the personal attention, and sometimes doctors seem condescneding to me and midwives make decisions with you instead of for you.
So, I've decided to stick with my OB and use a doula. I was considering using a midwife, but they never answer their phone, and just after I tried calling twice, my OB's nurse called to see how I was doing. I'm taking it as a sign (sigh). I talked to her about my concerns and that I want to try to do this naturally and with a doula. She said that would be just fine and that they have worked with doulas before. I'm going to write up a specific birth plan, use a doula, and hope for the best.