At my first midwife appointment, I got to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time! It was so reassuring that the baby is doing well! This was the second time that I heard anything from the baby and it really brings you to the reality of the situation. I just kept thinking, “omg I’m having a baby! There’s a growing baby inside of me!! AHHH!!” My mom was with me and she was so proud and happy to be hearing the baby for the first time too!
I was really happy with my midwife appointment. Although it was 45 minutes long, she was very thorough with asking me about my health history and explaining things about prenatal care and pregnancy. She provided many opportunities for me to ask questions and I left the office feeling that I understood everything.
So after seeing an OBGYN as well as midwife, I have decided to go with the midwife (actually, it will be a group of midwives seeing me and Im totally fine with that!). I chose the Community Birthing Program, a group of midwives not too far from where I live. I found them through GOOGLE and they had good reviews. When I called to make an appointment, the receptionist was so nice and bubbly (first impressions are everything right?). When I was looking for OBGYN and midwife reviews I noticed that a lot of women would complain about the receptionist(s) despite giving the practitioners a great review. It seems that the front desk experience is really important to some people and I would agree as well. Besides, they will be the ones whom you will make contact with before seeing the practitioner and who will likely be calling you and leaving you messages! Overall I just liked the experience with the midwives better and Im really hoping that I will have a low-risk pregnancy so I can continue seeing them.
The way this group of midwives work is they put you into a group according to your birthing month and you have monthly group sessions which include prenatal checkups, aka belly checks, education regarding pregnancy, and the opportunity to meet and connect with other women due that same month. Even more reason to choose the midwives! I have attended one of the group sessions already and it was very informative and interactive!
Any other mama’s out there seeing or have seen a midwife? What was your experience like? Did you do group sessions or one-on one appointments?