As I announced in a previous post, I am pregnant with my second child, and decided this time to use a midwife, rather than an OB, as my care provider during my pregnancy. My first pregnancy was fine and I was under the care of a great OB. However, I was looking for something different this time. I was looking for a model of care that is less medical and more personal. So far it has been a great experience. I am loving the care I am receiving from my midwife!
Here are a few examples. I went to my midwife last week for one of my monthly checkups. I am now almost 18 weeks pregnant. When I go to my midwife, there aren’t tons of women sitting in a waiting room, like there was when I went to an OB appt. The reason is that with a midwife there is no waiting! Each one of my appointments has been precisely on time. With my OB, I’d wait minimum one hour (sometimes two) and then would see the doctor for a maximum of 5 minutes. Here, each appointment is a lovely and lengthy 45 minutes.
During my last appointment, my midwife went over the results of the blood work from my previous appointment. With a midwife, there is no waiting in line at a lab for blood to be drawn. My midwife draws my blood during my appointment. She went over the results with me in detail – going through each element that had been tested. With my OB, he’d just say “everything is fine”. By going through the results, my midwife directly involves me in my care. It is empowering to be involved!
Here is another example – before each appointment, I pee on a stick to test for protein and glucose in my urine. With the midwife, I am given the stick and told to compare it to a chart on the bottle to make sure everything is normal. With my OB, I’d pee on a stick and then give it to his nurse for her to look at. Just a very small difference, but with the midwife, I am an an active participant in my care.
I feel very lucky to live in Ontario where midwifery is governmentally regulated and covered by our universal health care plan. I feel lucky that I have the choice to use a midwife and that I have the choice to give birth either at a hospital or at home. So far the experience has been just wonderful!! I will keep you all updated with my experience as my pregnancy progresses.