Like I mentioned before, we did not deliver at home like I had planned, because I wanted to be induced immediately once we found out Luke was no longer living. I didn't think I had too much to say about this part, but realized it took a little more explaining than I thought. So for those of you that might be wondering, here's the scoop on how I came to the decision of a home birth.
There are different ways to become a midwife. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong here. It's been over a year since I did all the research about this so the details aren't quite so clear.) 1) Go through a midwifery school, 2) Go to nursing school then have midwifery training, 3) Apprentice under a certified midwife. If I remember correctly, with all of 3 routes you have to attend a certain number of births and pass certain exams to get your license.
Usually the midwives that are also nurses are part of a practice with an OB/GYN. At first I thought this might be what I wanted, but with a little more research I realized that I wasn't interested in this route. Why? Usually you would see a group of midwives and whoever was on-call would be there for your birth. Nope. Not for me. I wanted to know for sure who was going to be at the birth and have a relationship with her.
Other midwives either have practices at "birth centers" or deliver at home births. Birth centers vary, but the ones that I toured consisted of a room with a really nice bed, a tub, a kitchen area, and a living-room area for friends and family to hang out in. That's it. Sometimes they had a fetal monitor but it is rarely used because the midwives monitor fetal heart tones with the Doppler regularly.
I considered birthing at a lovely birth center in Orem called Bella Natal, but decided against it because their midwives also rotate for your appointments and whoever is on-call comes to the birth. No dice. Sherri (the midwife I selected for my birth) has delivering rights at Feels Like Home Birthing Suites so that's where I planned on having our birth take place.
|Feels Like Home Birth Suite|
It seemed like a good option to me, so I was set and ready to go with all the extra birth supplies that I would need for our home birth. Oh and as for the clean-up (that some people have expressed concern about) the midwife and her assistants take care of that.
I felt good about my decision and, with everything surrounding my prenatal care and birth decisions, was prayerful about it and didn't feel like I needed to plan anything differently.
More about why it was such a blessing to have a midwife on the next post ...