Alrighty, so posted something similar on the Feb 2012 board, but was advised that the women who frequent this board might have some valuable insight. Anyways, I am currently 24w3d along w/ my first child and as it stands, I will be delivering this LO at a hospital w/ an OB. Now, when I first found out I was pregnant, I really did want to go the birthing center route, but decided against it as this is my first child, I'm nervous, etc. However, the further along I get, the more anxious I am about delivering in a hospital. I have no problem w/ pain meds if I need them and understand completely that sometimes interventions must take place for the sake of mother and child, but I really do want to strive for a natural birth and feel I would be better accommodated at a birthing center (the birthing center is also about 5mins from the hospital). I'm worried that at the hospital I would be stuck w/ an IV, anxious, nervous and who knows what else. Now, I really like my dr. and although I haven't seen a lot of her over the past several months, she has done her part to ensure I was comfortable and taken care of through morning sickness, vertigo and what not. I guess what I want to know is did any of you end up switching from OB to midwife later in pregnancy and if so did you have any regrets or was it a great decision for you? Did you tell your OB before switching? Did you go w/ a hospital birth or birthing center and did you have any regrets either way? If I switch, it will most likely be after testing for gestational diabetes, around 27w.
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