1. More Personalized Care
Every time we go to the midwifery for an appointment it is very clear that the appointment is centered around us. Sure, we have all the normal things you do at a doctor’s appointment like listen to the babies heartbeat and discuss any of the normal symptoms or problems of the last 4 weeks, but we also discuss the whole me. We discuss what is going on in our lives. They ask me about this blog, our recent trip to Greece, or just how things are going with the family. You can get this with a MD, but I’ve found it far less likely. Also, we look at my issues from the previous weeks and discuss what is the best next step for us. That may be using a different essential oil, or it may be resting more. It’s just not one thing fits all network, and I’m glad about that.
2. The Birthing Suite
I can’t even begin to tell you how homey these rooms feel. They feel like you’ve walked into a hotel suite versus a birthing suite. There is a full bed for the golden hour after the birth and a tub for relaxation during the start of labor. There is a private bathroom as well. I couldn’t ask for more really. The room will be filled with our team and anything that we would have at the nearby hospital so it’s the best of both worlds. The hospital is directly across the street if anything does go wrong.
3. The Home Visit
This was the true selling point. We went to visit a couple of midwiferies, but we decided on South Coast because they do a home visit 2-6 days after the birth of your child. This means that I don’t have to get the baby out to attend a doctor’s visit within those first few days. The midwife will come to our place and check in on me and the baby! I love this. It’s not that I might not want to get out of the house in the days following, but I know I won’t want to go far.
These are definitely the reasons I am excited about the fact we chose a midwifery for the birth of our child. I also enjoy the sense of community that they are building. We’ve already had a potluck picnic with a bunch of expectant and new mommas from the midwifery as well. It was so nice to meet people and get some small tidbits of advice. No one has given me any harrowing tales either so I’m really thankful for that. No one in my family had any either so bonus!