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Home births?

Are any of you planning a home-birth or a water birth at a birthing center?  If so, who are you using?  Thanks!

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  • It is very difficult to find a provider that will do a home-birth in the state of Maryland. There used to be a couple midwives that did it, but the state has put some pretty restrictive laws in place.  If you can find one, it is unlikely that your insurance will cover it.

    As far as I know the only area hospital that allows water births is Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore.  I am not 100% sure if they let you birth in the tub, or if the tub is only for laboring.

     

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  • Special beginnings in Annapolis will get you do a water birth and I think BayArea Midwives will as well. You can labor and birth in the tub, but have to get out of the tub to deliver the placenta, as per my friend who gave birth there 2 years ago.

    You could try the NAP -Baltimore Yahoo group, search the archives for names of people who can homebirth in MD. Good luck!

    (I ended up giving birth at AAMC with the Bay Area midwives. I was on the fence about a homebirth/birth center, but due to complications, I had to give birth at the hospital)

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  • image weezie825:

    It is very difficult to find a provider that will do a home-birth in the state of Maryland. There used to be a couple midwives that did it, but the state has put some pretty restrictive laws in place.  If you can find one, it is unlikely that your insurance will cover it.

    As far as I know the only area hospital that allows water births is Mercy Medical Center in downtown Baltimore.  I am not 100% sure if they let you birth in the tub, or if the tub is only for laboring.

     

    they will depending on who your provider is, but not all of the rooms have birthing tubs.  (Kathy slone s group does them).

     

    i had a HB in June. :). Where do you live? 

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  • Hello! I had a natural waterbirth at Special Beginnings, which I believe is the only freestanding birth center in MD. I know several of my friends had homebirths in 2011 - but Weezie is right, the homebirthing midwives are having problems in the state of MD. There is currently legislation/lobbying to get them to be able to practice. You can find a CNM possibly(?). I know some of my friends are pregnant again this year and planning a homebirth. I can ask who they are using if you are interested - just PM me!
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    Special beginnings in Annapolis will get you do a water birth and I think BayArea Midwives will as well. You can labor and birth in the tub, but have to get out of the tub to deliver the placenta, as per my friend who gave birth there 2 years ago.

    I was able to deliver the placenta in the birth tub (but I was in the bath tub vs the blow up tub, not sure if that makes a difference).

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  • Thanks for all the responses.  I am aware of the legal complications due to the witch hunt against home birthing and therefore the midwives who would help you at home.  I had a friend use the woman Evelyn in Catonsville whose license got suspended last summer.  She is back in action now but based on my friends experience I want to find someone who is less busy.

    I am checking out Special Beginnings but I really prefer to do the birthing at home. I am in Columbia for those who asked.   

    I have a high deductible plan where I basically have to pay for the birth out of pocket anyway so insurance is not a concern.  If you can provide me contact info of anyone willing to travel to Columbia to do home birthing please post.


    Thanks! 

  • Hello, Brightlove - I will be sending you a PM shortly.
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  • Hmmm ill check with the midwife I used and see if that is too far for her to travel.  She is a CNM too so it is legal for her to practice :)
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  • I had a home birth in Towson last March. It was extremely hard to find a midwife who would do one, but finally found mine at 30 weeks pregnant. She was more than fantastic. I had started out at Kathy Sloane's practice, but since we wanted a home birth and decided if it couldn't happen, I at least wanted to be closer to home so I could labor at home as long as possible. So I switched to St. Joe's midwifery practice, and then finally found my midwife. I loved her and was very comfortable also knowing if anything went wrong, we were very close to St. Joe's and I already knew all the midwives there and they had my records. Thankfully, nothing went wrong and none of that mattered.

    if you are in Columbia, though, my midwife was coming from pretty far north. I don't know if she would go that far. If you are interested in contacting her, she might also have more names that would be closer to you if she can't make it to Columbia.

    i found that it's quite an underground network. They only give names and numbers once they meet you and know for sure you are interested in a home birth and not trying to "catch" anyone doing something "wrong" if you know what I mean. I went through several people before finding my midwife. But I am so glad I found her. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had.

    and while our insurance didn't cover it, we had such a high deductible that it still ended up being cheaper than if we had gone to the hospital. 

    Send me an email at [email protected] if you're interested in more info. I love talking about home births and it makes me so happy to know more and more people are trying to have them.  I think it's the only way legislation will change to make them mor available.

  • With moving I haven't had a chance to call...send me a pm and ill give you her email addy.  
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  • I live in Delta, Pa which is right on the border of maryland. I am planning an unassisted homebirth because the closest birthing center to me is an hour and 15 minutes away. I have 3 weeks till my due date and im super excited to do this on my own. Then again i have had 2 babies almost on my own with the assistance of a midwife at a birthing center in ga. If this sounds like an option for you, we can talk a little more about it.
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