July 19, 2012
During my first pregnancy I was seeing a OB-GYN group up until my 32nd week of pregnancy. The largest part of my pregnancy was spent in their service and the largest part of my pregnancy was spent in worry, stress, anxiety, and fear. Firstly the front staff was always rude and ill-tempered. The waits to get into a room were never less than 30 minutes and the wait after I got into the room pretty much matched that. The time that was spent with the doctor or nurse practitioner was then limited to maybe 10 minutes - and that's being generous. It was noted in my files (which I was never allowed to see) that I was planning a natural pregnancy and every doctor or nurse practitioner that met with me during appointments was apprehensive about my ability to go through with a natural pregnancy and pushed the option of drugs more than the strive to strengthen me. After my last appointment, when I could no longer take the rude, condescending, and patronizing words from this OB-GYN group that I finally made my first appointment with The Midwife Center. This is when my pregnancy turned. Every single staff member I met was kind, explanatory, soft-spoken, easy-going, and encouraging. The entire atmosphere and means of care is far different from that of the OB-GYN environment. Your care with The Midwife Center includes: an orientation of midwives and the center; an hour long first appointment to thoroughly go over health history, expectations, questions, concerns, etc.; 24-hour call service to the midwife on call; a sit-down with the head of billing to explain how your benefits work and the funds you can expect to pay (which is great since insurance companies tend to be confusing); classes through TMC; use of the birth center for birthing; or you also have the option of delivering at Mercy hospital (who also has fantastic employees) and you will still have the same midwife with you during your entire labor. Bringing us to the labor, it was far beyond my expectations. I delivered in The Desert Room at the center which was a much more relaxed environment than being in a sterile hospital room. I never had to deal with shift rotations and new faces because I was attended by the same midwife and the same nurse from the time I got there to the time I checked out - and one of them was always in the room with me. They would massage me through my contractions, offer me juice or water after each contraction, encourage food to sustain energy, and they are accommodating to any position of birthing you'd like. The latter was such a relief because laying on the bed in any position caused so much pain in my lower back that a hospital birth which does not allow standing/walking would have made my labor excruciating. One of the other advantages of delivering at the birth center was that I got to use the Jacuzzi tub. Research shows that warm water is second best in relieving contraction pain next to an epidural, and it really did the job. I spent the last two hours of painful contractions in the tub and it helped ease the pain. When the time finally did come for the baby's arrival, I felt calm, confident, and ready - a feeling that can only come from supportive caregivers and birthing partners - and the midwife center is all about supporting YOUR vision in your pregnancy and delivery. After it was all said and done, the baby and I were both completely healthy, I experienced no tears, and the process was smooth, empowering, and beautiful. The best choice I made was choosing The Midwife Center for the rest of my pregnancy care, and now that I am going through my second pregnancy, I am receiving the same service from them again. This center is great for any woman who wants support and an upper hand in her pregnancy experience. The midwives support your vision and are always there for advice and best-practice. I could never, ever, ever recommend them enough for prenatal or gynecological services.
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MY ROLE:Client Served Review from The Pittsburgh Foundation