Any advise for a first time mom, never been treated on post before. What are my options, if any?
What options are you looking for?
Anything really! I know that AL doesn't allow midwifes, while Ft. Rucker does. Are there birthing type centers or midwifes on post for home births? Or are all births directed to the hospital?
Some of that is post / branch specific... Your first appointment is an orientation appointment where you fill out forms and they give you a tour of their facillities and give you an idea of what to expect. I would suggest to write your questions as you think of them and make a list. "Mommy brain" starts early...
You don't HAVE to give birth on post. You can use a midwife, birthing center, whatever. Just do tricare standard instead. No big deal. My sister has had two homebirths while living on base.
Quoting lifetimelove:You don't HAVE to give birth on post. You can use a midwife, birthing center, whatever. Just do tricare standard instead. No big deal. My sister has had two homebirths while living on base.
I just had my first on base in Oct... I just went in with an open mind. Everything went great and I loved my experience. The doctors were mostly residents but the floor was run by midwives overseeing them. You can always switch to standard if you like.
I had my first overseas at an Air Force hospital and it was wonderful. Everyone was very helpful and the place was very comfortable. I was terrified of giving birth in a foreign country (Germany) when I didn't speak the language and the nearest military hospital was over an hour away. Luckily even though our base was closed due to ice on the roads, the ambulance made it to my requested hospital. Personally I think it's completely on how confortable you are w/ ur hospital and ur delivery doctor. Because I was nearly due by the time I got to Germany I never even had a chance to meet my doc or see the hospital before hand so it was very stressful but once I got there and realized how nice and accomadating everyone was I was fine.
Alright!!! Thanks adrianna1043!
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