Brigham and Women's seems like the best place to deliver if you want both comfort and top notch medical care (I like the fact that husbands can stay 24/7 and you get private "home like" rooms etc.) But I'm having trouble deciding whether to go to a private group practice associated with B&W, or the midwife service, or what. I've read that midwife's do fewer episotomies than OBs, which I like, but the midwife practice seems to be focused on particular neighborhoods (none in Brookline) Also, I'm concerned that if something goes wrong, they'll call in a resident that doesn't know be very well.
I've read Dr. Ashley Ackerman's name (with Commonwealth OBGYN in Brookline) a couple times on this board, so I'm tentatively scheduled with her, but I can't seem to find out anything about her online. Does anyone have experience with her or with B&W midwives (getting care at the main hospital) that you could share? Any advice for someone who wants it all: the best medical care AND the most supportive birthing environment?