Brigham vs. Newton-Wellesley

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    Brigham vs. Newton-Wellesley

    Hi gals,
    I figured I'd ask here vs the pregnancy boards since you guys have been through it already...  it came up in my 27 week appointment this morning that I don't HAVE to deliver at the Brigham as I originally thought.  (I assumed that that's just where I'd go as a patient of Harvard Vanguard.) 

    I'm very interested in a natural (unmedicated) childbirth and the idea of laboring in a tub (although not 100% committed to either).  My midwife mentioned that Newton-Wellesley might be a better option for attempting a natural childbirth than at the Brigham, as they seem to have higher success rates for women making it through without an epidural.  (Again, I'm not opposed, I'd just prefer to give it a go without the epidural.  I've never done it before so I have no idea how things will turn out!) 

    Did any of you attempt a natural childbirth at either hospital and end up getting an epi/c-section?  Did any of you find that you weren't supported in your idea of a natural childbirth at the Brigham?  I guess it's a many-fold question, but I'm just asking for general opinions about natural childbirth attempts/deliveries at either hospital. 

    Thanks! 
     
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    I had an unmedicated birth at the Brigham. I took a hypnobirthing class, and used those techniques to get through labor. It was a really positive experience for me. I also had a very short labor (not sure if the hypnobirthing was part of that, but I believe it was.)
    I didn't get to the hospital until I was fully dilated and ready to push. They took one look at me at admitting and skipped me right from there to a delivery room, no stop at triage :-) So I might not be the best judge of how it would be to labor at the Brigham. I will say I was surprised at the number of nurses who told me afterwards what an easy time I seemed to have with labor. I would have thought that they would be more used to women going the natural route, so perhaps if I had been in labor longer they would have pushed me to take medications. I had a really good experience, though, so if you want to go to the Brigham, don't let your preference for a natural birth stop you.

    I had the midwives attend vs. an OB, although because my water broke at home, and there was meconium in the fluid (I was 2 days overdue), I had about 4 extra pediatric specialists hovering around until DD showed up. She was fine, though, so it was mostly just an extra crowd that wasn't really needed.
     
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    Thanks, Amy!  Glad to hear of your good experience at the Brigham.  Question - did you labor for a long time at home before you went in?  Or did you just dilate fast?  (I just learned last week that it's "dilate" vs. "dialate" by the way!  I hate misspelling things.) 
     
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    I had contractions that started the day before DD was born, but for the first several hours I didn't realize that it was "labor" I thought they were just Braxton-Hicks. It was a Saturday, and I was going to run errands with DH, but I was feeling out of sorts, so I stayed home.
    Mid-morning I started having irregular contractions, every 20-30 minutes. But when I ate lunch they stopped for a good 2 hours. The irregular contractions went on all evening, never getting closer than maybe 15 minutes apart, and like I said, only marginally stronger than previous Braxton-Hicks.
    I went to bed, but started to get much more uncomfortable sometime around 2-3am. I started pacing the hall, and went to the bathroom alot. The contractions were closer now, but still 8-10 minutes apart at the closest. By 5 am I was getting really uncomfortable, and the contractions were 5-7 minutes apart. I woke DH up, and he tried to help me do the relaxation scripts from hypnobirthing. We still hadn't called the hospital, because they had said to call after contractions were 5 minutes apart for an hour, or your water broke. Around 6 am, my water broke (I happened to be on the toilet, because one thing they may or may not tell you is that you keep feeling like you have to go when you are in labor).
    We went to the hospital at that point, but because it took me a good bit of time to get myself together to go, we only got to the hospital around 7am, and like I said, I was in all out labor at that point. I had to get a wheelchair to get out of the car, I couldn't walk. I was having contractions one after another, and I had to wait until between contractions to sign the admitting paperwork. DD was born just after 9 am.
    I consider the 5 am to 9am time the labor part, but technically the earlier stuff was also part of labor, even though it didn't really feel like it at the time.

    Sorry for the long post, but I hope that helps.
     
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    I had a natural childbirth with out an epidural or any other drugs.  Of course this was in 2000.  I delivered at Winchester Hospital though. 
     
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    I had a more negative experience at the BWH but I don't blame it on the hospital. My nurse in Labor seemed very supportive of medication free birth and knew exactly what I'd probably want (no IV, infrequent checks, to be able to eat, etc...) so I didn't need to use my birth plan with her at all.  I had an OB and she did not seem at all supportive of the medication free thing. I knew this going into the process after  negative comments during prenatal visits, and really should have changed providers but was too nervous to shake things up. I thought I could just be determined and overcome the lack of support.

    My labor was very protracted. I labored at home for 36 hours, went into the hospital at 5 cm and had only dilated 1 additional inch after 12 hours of pacing and bouncing on the birth ball. The OB became increasingly aggressive and put a lot of pressure on to intervene to speed things up ("for my sake") even though I was laboring just fine and the baby was fine.

    I let her break my water since it seemed an innocuous intervention and was in instant, unrelenting agony... back labor. I ended up getting an epidural after 2 more hours and no further dilation. My contractions slowed and weakened after the epi so then I got pitocin which was only moderately successful. I did narrowly escape a c-section but it was very close. They had sent the pediatrician away and were preparing to push the baby back up so that they could do a c/s. I think that was too horrifying a thought b/c the contractions kicked in again and they pulled him out w/ the vacuum in two pushes:)

    I don't entirely blame the episode on the OB since my water was going to break eventually on it's own. I just wonder if we had waited, maybe DS would have turned around while the cushion was still there.

    The most important thing seems to be to have a supportive OB or midwife. I have a friend who had a very pleasant and successful medication free delivery at BWH using a midwife.


     
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    Hi Lilsprout, I am pregnant with my first so I can't tell you from experience, but I was deciding between the same two hospitals and wanted to share what I learned and my decision.  

    I am very interested in a natural birth.  I had considered home birth and really wanted to have a water birth.  Although It is a good option, My husband & I weren't completely comfortable with it because in Massachusetts you can't find a certified nurse midwife do a home birth because it would void their malpractice insurance.  

    So this led us to finding a midwife that would deliver in a hospital.  I initially spoke to with a midwife at BWH because I had seen a fertility Dr there and was familiar with the hospital and knew it has a good reputation.  The midwife I spoke with (not a Harvard Vanguard midwife) said if I was committed to a natural birth BWH was probably not the best place for me since 95% of her patients end up with an epidural!  I was shocked at this ratio.  I am sure a good percentage of that number probably asked for an epidural, but it still seems incredibly high. She suggested that I call the Harvard Vanguard midwives and consider delivering at NWH.  Also I just heard that BWH took out their tubs... I can't confirm that, but if you want to labor in a tub - I'd check if that is true.  

    After interviewing a Midwife at Harvard Vanguard in Wellesley and going to a "meet the Midwives" evening and touring NWH, we happily decided to go with this option.  I really like the two midwives I've met with and I really grilled each of them (in a nice way) to make sure I wasn't going to be pushed in to an unnecessary intervention that I don't want.  Although I won't be ablet o have a water birth, I am happy to have the option to labor in a tub until I am ready to push.

    That being said, I second grimalkin's point that if you have a supportive midwife that knows what you want and are willing to advocate for yourself and the baby as strongly as needed, I think you can have the type of birth you want anywhere.  If your caregiver is not supportive, you may just be in for more of a fight to get what you want. I didn't want to face that fight as in the "heat of the moment" I tend to be more of a push over and don't want to be pressured in to something I don't want.

    Amy-Lynn:  Can I just say, If I have a choice ... choose your labor! :-)  That is my plan too ... to labor at home as long as possible!  I hope it works out as well for me!  :-)  thanks for sharing your story.

    grimalkin - that is my fear that a Dr will force me in to an intervention that will slow down the labor and make things harder.  Thank you for sharing your story too. 

    Good luck with your decision!  Let us know what you decide.
     
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    I gave birth naturally without medication at the Brigham.  I felt supported by my OB, despite the fact she was a high-risk OB, because she backed me up when my stupid cardiologist tried to tell me I HAD to have a c-section (I've had my chest clamped open twice, thankyouverymuch, I'd prefer to avoid another scar on my torso if I can). 
    Of course, my OB was on vacation in Aruba (1 week of the year she's not working and it's when I give birth!) so the fact the midwife was on duty and 7 other women were in labor at the same time so people were running around like chickens with their heads cut off probably helped.  Every time someone asked me if I needed them I just waved them off and kept doing my thing. 
    I think a lot of it depends on your personality and how you deal with doctors.  I have had A LOT of experience with doctors thanks to my thrilling medical history.  I felt very strongly about having natural childbirth if I could and put it in my birth plan that I DID NOT want drugs even offered to me.  One very young nurse asked "are you sure?  We could just give a little something to make you more comfortable?" and I had my husband pull her aside and inform her that I did not want her in the room any more since she could not follow basic instructions.
    So yeah, I'm a witch with a b.  Things worked out and I got what I wanted.  And, truth be told, if something had gone wrong I was in the right place for a quick intervention. 
    Sorry for the long post. 
    The point is, you can make any place work if you're bossy enough.  You have to consent to any care.  If, heaven forbid, something happens and you're not conscious, they still can't do anything to you without your partner's consent. 
     
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    I delivered via unplanned c-section at NWH.

    I had hoped to have a natural childbirth, but when Zoe showed no signs of arriving 9 days past my due date, I was scheduled for an induction.  Even though I went into labor on my own the night before the induction, they still went ahead with the pitocin.  In hindsight, I probably would have gone the "wait and see" route, at least for that day. 

    So, pretty much right away there went my "natural" childbirth.  Because of the pitocin (I think), contractions were extreme, and all in my back.  I couldn't take it and after about 4 hours got the epidural.  When it was time to push, couldn't feel much.  Pushed for 3 hours and she just wouldn't come down.  So, c-section.

    Nowhere along the way was there any real chance for "natural" childbirth.  Perhaps if I'd had a doula or gone with a midwife, my chances would have been better because I would have had an advocate.  I don't think it was the fault of NWH, but the "default" with everyone I came into contact with was not "natural childbirth".  They were very concerned with making sure I felt no pain, even when I told them (at first, then later when the epi was becoming less effective) I could handle it. 

    In other ways I love NWH.  I was happy with the post-pardum experience.  Good luck with your decision!

     
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    I delivered at NWH with the midwives from Harvard Vanguard.  First and foremost, the midwives were amazing.  I had actually changed from an OB to their practice at 34 weeks due to just realizing I felt completely unsupported by my OB and it was the best decision I could have made.

    I was fully hoping for an unmedicated birth.  I read all the books, took the classes, did all the prep.  I spent hours on labor music, packed all kinds of goodies in my labor bag, brought my big blue ball.  And when it came time, all of it was useless!  I wanted no part of any of it - all I could do was kneel at the side of the bed & couldn't even be touched.  For me, labor was more painful than I expected and I found it unbearable.  I had an epidural and it was perfect for me.  One of my big concerns about an epidural was it leading to more interventions and stalling of labor, but that did not happen and I delivered within a few hours of the epidural.  My midwife called it a "therapeutic epidural" in that she felt I progressed better with it, due to how severely I was experiencing the pain of labor.  Unfortunately I found the tub to be awful, even though I was so excited for it!  They couldn't make it hotter than 100 degrees which to me was cold and I just couldn't get out fast enough.

    I thought NWH was great for delivery.  Despite the epidural, the birth was exactly as I had hoped for....intimate, low lighted, and gentle.   My nurse and midwife were so supportive (and my husband of course :)) and there with me the whole time.  The hospital was not busy or crazy at all, which I really liked.

    The one drawback was the lactation support at NW.  My LC was really unhelpful, as were the nurses.  I left there with a pump and nipple shields, neither of which I even knew how to use properly, a baby who was rapidly losing weight, and no real plan.  Luckily I was hooked up with the LC at Winchester Hospital Janice as an outpatient and she was amazing!

    Good luck Lilsprout.  Just remember that you have some control over your experience, but not complete control.  You will experience your labor differently from everyone else...but in the end it will be YOUR experience and you will have your beautiful little baby in your arms.

    Sorry for the long post...women talking about their labor tends to always = long post I think! :) 
     
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    I used the Midwifery practice at Harvard Vanguard, and chose to deliver at NWH.  In the end, I had to have a planned c-section, as my baby was breech, but I have great things to say about all of the OBs and CNM who were part of my pre-natal and postpartum care.  We knew the baby was breech from about 34 weeks, and they were encouraging of any method to help her "flip"...we did accupuncture and were planning to do a version too, but low fluid, elevated BP, and first baby made chances of that slim.  That said, the MW I'd spent most of my appointments was on duty at NWH that day, and came to visit before and after my surgery.  I loved the care I got from the practice, and given that they have a 70% + successful VBAC rate, when the time comes for #2, I definitely plan to go with them again.
     
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    LilSprout, I had the same feelings as you when I was pregnant.  I was interested in a natural (unmedicated) childbirth, and preferred to try to not get the epidural (but not completely opposed).  I saw a midwife at the Harvard Vanguard in Wellesley.  DD was late (ended up being 11 days late) and I desperately wanted to avoid being induced.  My midwife was open to letting me go as long as I could, so long as the baby was ok.   I delievered at NWH with a midwife (I actually ended up with my midwife who I was seeing all along….yay!), and it did end up being natural and unmedicated.  I had a great experience overall.  Labor was much harder than expected, especially at the end.  But, I had great support from my midwife, the nurse, and DH.  I did try to labor in the tub at NWH, but I couldn’t stand the contractions laying down in the tub.  I did end up using the shower though, and the warm water helped to calm me down.   

    My labor was similar to Amy-lynn’s.  I did about 12 hours at home and at the doctor’s office, and only the last 4 hours at the hospital.  The contractions weren’t all that bad until about 10 hours into my labor.

    I was very happy with the post-partum care at NWH as well.

     
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    Not that anyone asked, but I just wanted to say (again) that Mt Auburn has the amazing Center for Women midwives who will be more than happy to help anyone who wants an unmedicated birth.
     
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    Thank you guys so much.  I do appreciate that you took the time to write long posts!  I love hearing peoples' birth stories and their different experiences, especially since I'm rapidly approaching that myself... 

    The truth is, no matter how much you want something, it doesn't always go according to plan.  And since this is my first go-around, I have NO idea what to expect. 


    Another problem I'm facing is that my husband really wants me to deliver with my OB.  However, in my 27 weeks of pregnancy, I've seen her twice for a total of maybe 15 minutes.  I've seen my midwife probably 5-6 times, 20 minutes each time.   Needless to say, I know my midwife much better and I feel she knows me, too.  But my OB?  She wouldn't be able to pick me out of a crowd.  I know that it's my decision, but my husband really, really wants the OB there for delivery, at least for the first one.  I almost wonder if he knew my midwife as well as I do that he'd feel totally comfortable with her being there instead.  Regardless, if I deliver at NWH, my OB doesn't work there so I wouldn't deliver with her anyway.  So the question is - potentially deliver with my midwife if she's on call, or deliver with a random OB?  Sorry, I'm thinking out loud (arguing with my husband in my head...). 

    Grimalkin - that is my fear too, a pushy OB.  (Adn a pushy OB who has never even met me before.) 


    Again, thanks for your opinions :)  My compromise with DH might be that I'll deliver at NWH, but with the OB...  we'll see what he thinks after do we do the "meet the midwives" and the hospital tour, like you did, Krystabel...  I mean it just makes sense to me - my midwife that I like delivers there - why wouldn't I want to deliver there and keep my fingers crossed that she's on call that day?! 

     
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    Just note: no matter who your OB or MW, and no matter BWH or NWH, there is a good chance that the MW or OB you've been seeing in office visits will not be the one there in the delivery room day of.  They're part of a group practice, so unless you're doing a scheduled c-section or induction, and schedule for a day that your doc or mw is there, it's the luck of the draw!

    Also, with the Harvard Vanguard practice, there is generally one OB and two MW on call at all times at NWH.  I went to "Meet the Midwives", and felt that even though it was a big practice, it was full of great practitioners, and that intuition was validated by my experience during my pregnancy, surgery and post-op care. 
     
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    Hi everyone,
    I can't offer any advice since I am still waiting for my LO, but I just wanted to say THANK YOU for sharing your stories. 
    I am with Harvard Vanguard and delivering at BI.  I am planning to go natural and feel like NO ONE does that anymore.  When I do mention natural, people are like, oh I did too - just an epidural.  NO, that is not going natural, but I feel like that's the norm these days.  Of course, I may end up with meds and that's ok if I absolutely need it, but I want to at least try my best.  My ob and np have been very suportive, but of course the chance of them being there day of is unlikely.  I figure, as long as DH and I know the plan and voice our comments/concerns, then we should be ok. 

    lissa - I love your story about DH having to pull the nurse aside.  Our natural childbirth teacher gave us all these scenarios about ways they try to "trick" (for lack of a better word) you into straying from  your plan.  Every now and then I present a scenario to DH to see what he would do - haha. 


    amy - thank you for such a detailed story.  I am hoping things go that way for me :) 



     
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    Sprout, very curious to know why your hubby is so fixated on the OB versus midwife thing.

    The most interesting thing I've always heard in the OB versus midwife argument you might try on your hubby is the OB is a trained surgeon and usually looks for interventions and problems even when there aren't any.  The midwife is trained in the birth process and regards the process as natural and well, labor.  If you both are looking for a natural and low key process, the OB is more likely to advocate intervention (usually unnecessary) for those "just in case" scenarios where a midwife will give you more time for the process to occur on its own.

    Just an argument.  I have four OBs at Concord OB/GYN and all are wonderful, take a low key approach (with uncomplicated births), and are very nurturing.  More like midwives than docs!
     
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    Sprout - I would definitely try and find out why DH wants an OB vs. midwife. Sarah makes a very good point about OBs being trained as surgeons, so they lean towards interventions more than midwives. That being said, all the midwives I've spoken with or heard speak at ask the midwife sessions are quick to point out that they are operating in partnership with OBs, and that if at any time they encounter a situation that endangers mother or baby they can have an OB (or other specialist) in the room in an instant. It's not like by choosing a midwife you can't be treated by an OB.
    I'm not sure if you said how far along you are, but have you and DH taken a prepared childbirth class of any kind? I think if you are looking to go the natural route, and still have the time, hypnobirthing is a great class (but you need 5+weeks, for the class and to practice the relaxation techniques) for both you and DH. I know that my DH felt much more confident after taking the hypnobirthing class, because he learned a lot of information that helped him know what was going on, and what to expect. Plus, in our class we spent time articulating and discussing what our fears were, which helped put a lot of it into perspective.
     
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    Why do we angst over what is the best way of giving birth? To each her own. I absolutely needed an epidural, while a friend was condescendingly asking me why I couldn't do it "naturally".  Every birth is completely different, we all hope for the same outcome of a baby that we nurture into fruition, a miracle every time. Unfortunatlly, babies don't know what nurse or covering O.B. will be on staff when they, or circumstances decide where or when they will be born. Some nurses that have that shift are hopefully wonderful, as most are. We can't judge one hospital against another, nor can we plan what a birth is going to be like according to "our plan" This is the one time until age 18, that the miracle baby calls the shots. To all , I wish you the most wonderful experience!!!bg
     
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    In Response to Re: Brigham vs. Newton-Wellesley:
    [QUOTE]We can't judge one hospital against another
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    Actually, we can. We can look at the statistics and read up on the level of intervention and also enquire on message boards like these from women who've gone through it.

    There's nothing angsty or futile or self-serving about taking an interest in the birth experience and trying for the best possible one. Nobody here thinks they have total control over it, but nobody wants to end up at a hospital whose policies are totally counter to the experience one wants, either.
     
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    Ouch, I was trying to be supportive and helpfull. I'm sorry if I offended you. bg.
     
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    I'm sure you were, but it's a little rough when you hop into a thread where someone is asking for information about what hospital has the best rep for giving her the experience she wants and tell her that she's being angsty and that it's all the same from one hospital to another so why bother. When I attended a "meet the midwives" at Mt Auburn, they said that they considered taking control of the birth experience to be a feminist act, and they wanted their mamas to be empowered, to ask questions, and to participate in the decision-making process throughout prenatal care, the actual birth, and after. It's important to be informed about options and to make informed decisions about what level of intervention you want and actually need. Sure, nobody has control over every eventuality, and nobody wants to mulishly proceed with a birth plan that obviously isn't going to happen, but one does want to be consulted and involved throughout the process as things change. And some hospitals really do have a very high rate of intervention, so if you don't want that it's best to avoid them. And if, on the other hand, one wants as much medical intervention as possible -- like an epi at the first sign of a contraction -- it's good to know where the super-high-intervention places are too. So you can be supportive if someone is bemoaning a traumatic birth or whatever, but don't hop into a thread where women are talking calmly about what level of intervention to expect at various hospitals and accuse them of "angst," because that job is currently filled quite effectively by some-guy.
     
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    Hi,
    I gave birth at NWH 4 weeks ago to a beautiful, 9 lb baby boy.  I really can't say enough about the care I received during my stay.  I was induced on a tuesday (misopral sp?) and scheduled to return wed for the pitocin.  Upon returning home, I started to have contractions, timed them for close to three hours, and went back to hospital around 10pm.  I had my epidural by 10:30, slept through the night and started pushing at 10:30am, and delivered at 11:43am. 

    The L+D nurses are awesome.  I was lucky enough that my OB was on-call, but truthfully I would have been comfortable w any of the OB's in the practice.  The nurses in recovery are good as well.  Breast feeding did not work out for me- latching issues, barely producing a bottle a day etc., but I found the nurses and LC I met with very encouraging and helpful. 

    The drs and nurses at NWH are there to help, not judge you on your choices-whether its to breast feed or use formula, you want an epidural or go unmedicated, or you want to try for a VBAC.   I had such a positive experience at NHW, I hope the same for you whatever hospital you choose. 
     
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    My DD was delivered at BWH by an emergency c-section.  I had planned to have an unmedicated birth and had taken a hypnobirthing class in preparation.  I had a midwife and OB through Harvard Vanguard.  The midwife was supportive of my choice whereas my OB laughed and said that I'll change my mind during labor.  I was induced at 41 weeks due to my blood pressure creeping up. During induction, I had stated to the medical team that I want as little medical intervention as possible.  Again, I found the midwives more supportive than the OBs.  C-section occured because DD heart rate was dropping and during delivery it was discovered that the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck twice. 

    In my hypnobirthing class, most of the other women were delivering at NWH because of its reputation for being more supportive of unmedicated births.  When I joined a new moms group (10 women), it seemed that more than 1/2 of us had unplanned c-sections at BWH.  Granted, its not a hard statistic but it has made me reconsider what we'll do if we have a second.  I love my midwife and live in Boston so I'll most likely stay at BWH. However, if I had to do it again I think I would choose a hospital first and then look for an obgyn/midwife. 

     
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    BWH, and NWH are both top notch hospitals, and welcome doula and midwife births. I'm very familiar with one as a nurse, and the other as a woman in labor, with a doula. Midwives and doulas are invaluable even with a very supportive Dad. All the best, bg
     

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