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Midwives

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edited April 2016 in 3rd Trimester
I used a midwife clinic for my first pregnancy that was attached to a university hospital in California because they had a birth center inside of the hospital which made us more comfortable however we didn't have a great experience.  We spent most of the pregnancy feeling like we were being made to jump through hoop after hoop.  Almost every time we went in there for an appointment, there would be something else we needed to do.  Another scan, another blood panel, another "oh your blood pressure is one point too high so you have to go to L&D to be checked".  Our daughter was born with perfectly healthy and we were glad to be done with them. 
I'm 28 weeks pregnant with my son and we are now living in Virginia and seeing midwives in a similar set up except this is just a regular hospital with a birth center rather than a University hospital.  And I'm starting to feel the same way I did with my first and I'm just wondering if this is normal and I need to just suck it up or say something about it.  I got diagnosed with Group B at 11 weeks via a urine test and told I had to do a round of oral antibiotics.  Didn't like it but I did and after that they said great now all we need to do is have you do antibiotics in labor.  Wouldn't hear of retesting or explain why I needed 2 rounds of antibiotics.  I didn't even know they tested for this until 36 weeks with the swab.  Then one midwife didn't like my heartbeat.  I have a little heart flutter that I've had for most of my life and have been seen for before and I usually go years without feeling it.  But it does seem to come back up a little more when Im pregnant.  So I got refereed to a cardiologist who ran all these tests (that I've already had done before) only to tell me "oh well this sort of thing is perfectly normal for pregnant woman" but I must come back at 30 weeks to see how I'm doing. Then I got a huge bill from that because my insurance didn't think it qualified as prenatal care.  Then the ultrasound tech noticed that there was some measurement in his head that she felt was too high so we got refereed to a specialist.  We sat there for over 2 hours to be told that he is just on the higher end of normal and its perfectly fine again.  THEN I get diagnosed with gestational diabetes and they want to make yet another appointment to go over how that works with them then also go sit through hours of classes in diabetes at the local hospital even though they said the Midwife will teach me to manage it.  I am just getting so tired of appointment after appointment that I walk of feeling either that my time was wasted or having something else to worry about until the next appointment.  I an on edge every time I go into an appointment.

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  • Hey mama! You are a consumer of healthcare and owner of your body. It's totally okay to ask questions and challenge your caregivers. I'm sorry you've had such a rough time with it but a lot of this sounds like the interventions and appointments are based on abnormal findings like GD or a heart issue. 

    I have MW as well but not part of a hospital. I've had two normal ultrasounds, normal prenatal bloodwork, lots of belly measuring, but that's it. Nothing crazy or abnormal came up so I'm in the low-risk pool for now. Had it, I'd likely be in the same boat! 

    FX for a healthy rest of your pregnancy! 
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  • Hi there. I'm also in Virginia seeing nurse midwives associated with the hospital (they deliver at a birthing center attached to the hospital). Kinda wondering if we're seeing the same ones, honestly lol. 

    I don't really see anything in your care that raises a red flag of being anything different than what I'd expect nurse-midwives to request. They are still part of the medical system and will be following certain medical standards. I'd expect the same response from my nurse midwives.
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  • Ha, I think I'm also giving birth at the same place @saladflambe and @cposey1988! There are only 5 birthing centers attached to hospitals in the country (or so I've heard), so I'm pretty sure we're all at the same one. If we end up there at the same time, we'll have to say hi :)

    Because they actually work under OBs since they are in a hospital, there are usually more regulations and test requirements than at a stand alone birth center and they are more cautious. If you aren't happy, try out another midwife practice; I've switched practices twice now this pregnancy because I wasn't happy with the care I was getting. I was also on edge at my old MW practice, and am so happy I switched. 


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  • I am confused.  You are having warning signs of issues, that could cause serious harm or something that, and your CNM is following protocol to rule out/confirm something and all turns out well, and you are complaining?  Do you know how many people are referred to L/D for 'doppler issues' that have issues, or don't have a take home baby. Or how many patients see a cardiologist and get the most horrible new of their life? Pregnancy can andbhas causes heart failure, strokes, cardiac arrest smd fetal death. What if next time, your CNM sees a red flags, and refers you to the appropriate level again and there is something seriously wrong, or your child dies because you assume it's nothing or 'a normal pregnancy thing'? Could you live with your self?

    As for the group B strep, many many research studies show that if you have it at all during your pregnancy,  you are 99.99% going to have it at birth. And ACOG recommends the antibiotics during labor. This is there stance, and is backed by researchers and science,  and called evidence based practice. 


    It sounds like you are receiving excellent care.


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    this, 100%. I'm sure it is a little frustrating constantly getting tested for things, but i don't think you should be complaining. they're only trying to make sure you & baby are healthy & doing okay. everything they're doing sounds pretty standard. i wouldn't consider that a waste of time.. 
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  • You appointments and experience sounds just like mine at my regular obgyn practice. Maybe it's a regional thing. Next time you may want to try a birth center not attached? I'm not sure where you are in Virginia but I'm in the Nova area. I checked out a few but felt with my current risk factors I should stick with my current practice because I was afraid I'd risk out of a birth center late in pregnancy. Which definitely would have happened. 


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  • Hey mama! You are a consumer of healthcare and owner of your body. It's totally okay to ask questions and challenge your caregivers. I'm sorry you've had such a rough time with it but a lot of this sounds like the interventions and appointments are based on abnormal findings like GD or a heart issue. 

    I have MW as well but not part of a hospital. I've had two normal ultrasounds, normal prenatal bloodwork, lots of belly measuring, but that's it. Nothing crazy or abnormal came up so I'm in the low-risk pool for now. Had it, I'd likely be in the same boat! 

    FX for a healthy rest of your pregnancy! 
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  • Your midwife is protecting you and your unborn baby. I'm so confused about how this is an issue. I'm also confused about how a patient with a pre existing heart problem wouldn't be considered high risk, given the potential for heart related issues with otherwise healthy patients. 
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  • Wow do I understand how you feel! I was diagnosed with GD as well and had to take classes and start seeing an internal med doc to manage my sugars and the high risk OB and I'm doing non-stress tests twice weekly, every 2wk sizing ultrasounds....it's been CRAZY!! And some things have seems super unnecessary to me, so I've asked lots of questions in terms of "dont tell me what the research says, tell me why, for ME in MY pregnancy and for MY baby, you're saying this needs to be done". That seems to have gotten me a lot better answers, or at least answers that I can reconcile with and feel okay. 

    The only part of your story that seems odd to me is the part about getting tested for Group B at 11wks and them saying that you'll still have to have antibiotics during labor. I was told that they test for it at 36wks because testing for it earlier than that is literally pointless as the diagnosis is very likely to change over the course of pregnancy. Even if you test positive at 36wks, they don't make you take antibiotics then, only during labor. So, yeah, that part is odd to me and I'd request a GBS swab at 36wks regardless.

    Hope things smooth out for you!

  • Wow do I understand how you feel! I was diagnosed with GD as well and had to take classes and start seeing an internal med doc to manage my sugars and the high risk OB and I'm doing non-stress tests twice weekly, every 2wk sizing ultrasounds....it's been CRAZY!! And some things have seems super unnecessary to me, so I've asked lots of questions in terms of "dont tell me what the research says, tell me why, for ME in MY pregnancy and for MY baby, you're saying this needs to be done". That seems to have gotten me a lot better answers, or at least answers that I can reconcile with and feel okay. 

    The only part of your story that seems odd to me is the part about getting tested for Group B at 11wks and them saying that you'll still have to have antibiotics during labor. I was told that they test for it at 36wks because testing for it earlier than that is literally pointless as the diagnosis is very likely to change over the course of pregnancy. Even if you test positive at 36wks, they don't make you take antibiotics then, only during labor. So, yeah, that part is odd to me and I'd request a GBS swab at 36wks regardless.

    Hope things smooth out for you!

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  • Wow do I understand how you feel! I was diagnosed with GD as well and had to take classes and start seeing an internal med doc to manage my sugars and the high risk OB and I'm doing non-stress tests twice weekly, every 2wk sizing ultrasounds....it's been CRAZY!! And some things have seems super unnecessary to me, so I've asked lots of questions in terms of "dont tell me what the research says, tell me why, for ME in MY pregnancy and for MY baby, you're saying this needs to be done". That seems to have gotten me a lot better answers, or at least answers that I can reconcile with and feel okay. 

    The only part of your story that seems odd to me is the part about getting tested for Group B at 11wks and them saying that you'll still have to have antibiotics during labor. I was told that they test for it at 36wks because testing for it earlier than that is literally pointless as the diagnosis is very likely to change over the course of pregnancy. Even if you test positive at 36wks, they don't make you take antibiotics then, only during labor. So, yeah, that part is odd to me and I'd request a GBS swab at 36wks regardless.

    Hope things smooth out for you!

    GBS was found in my urine in my 2nd trimester so I never got the swab done at 36 weeks. They told me I had to have the antibiotic during labor. 
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