My husband and I agreed to go the route of using a midwife for my pregnancy with the condition that it would be a hospital birth and there is a doctor available if needed. My insurance will only cover certified nurse midwives who are supervised by an OB. They provided me the contact for three clinics who are in network who have midwives on staff and are 100% covered by my plan.
Both my husband and I had some expectations for midwives but after meeting with two, we're a little weary of the direction we're heading by choosing a midwife.
1. We thought midwives do home visits post birth, unlike an OB. Both the midwives we have interviewed only see patients at the office.
2. We thought with a midwife, we would ensure that she would be attendance during labour, unlike an OB. Both the midwives we interviewed only attends a labour if they're on call.
This is our first pregnancy so obviously we're in that honeymoon period with high hopes. We wanted a more personalised experience with someone we would truly grow to trust; not that we wouldn't trust an OB, but we thought a midwife would be more involved. The one question we failed to ask was how their care would differ from an OB.
My husband suggested we look at clinics out of network who have midwives on staff (who are only 70% covered by my plan). The hope would be that the above two expectations could be met. Before I spend the time interviewing more midwives, I wanted to get other opinions as to whether or not this could be found by midwives who work in an OB office or if these are expectations that can only be satisfied with midwives that only do home births.
I truly appreciate any information provided and any suggestions for midwives.