i have two options: a local hospital with seeing an ob/gyn and possibly midwife.. or a very-far-away birthing center with a somewhat-far-away midwife.
what would you choose?? my last birth i went the conventional route and went to a hospital and seen an ob/gyn for my prenatal care. i felt like i was in an assembly line. i did not bond with my doctor and i did not feel in charge in the delivery room. the staff was respectful of my choice to not give my daughter the eye ointment, vitamin k injection, or the hep. b vaccine. but hospital policy absolutely requires either an iv or a hep lock..i do not feel comfortable with an open line into my body, and i would rather avoid that! i also would like to not be stuck to birth on a hospital bed, not able to have a water birth in a tub, or be restricted to staying in the bed and not being allowed to walk around.
on the other hand, the birthing inn that i am interested in is an hour away! longer if there is bridge traffic! my last labor was very quick, dilating from 4cm [where i had been for weeks] to 8cm in 25 minutes. the closest midwife with privelages at the birthing center is a town away from me. she is the only midwife anywhere near me, and i havent even called her yet to see if she is available! im afraid to, lol!
so i am stuck between just settling for the conventional route for the sake of convenience, or trying to get into the birthing inn even though it is very far away. :\