Baby was healthy today and even moved a lot when Janice was trying to find her position. CUTE! My test results from the glucose screening were good and my hemoglobin results were perfect :)
Midwives offer informed practice. This means we have options and we're in control.
This is a good time to clear up any midwife rumours because everyone still thinks I'm giving birth at home or in a tub. Good news folks! Living in the City of Toronto in 2011 you can be spoiled by a midwife and deliver like everyone else! They even discourage at home/tub births because why risk anything?!
- We are delivering at the hospital (St-Joseph's Health Centre)
- There is a doctor on hand if anything goes wrong
- I will be offered an epidural and anything else if pain gets in the way of my labour and is needed. Just like everyone else.
- My midwife will visit us at home within 24 hours of the baby being born so it's up to us if we want to leave 4 hours after birth or 24 hours after birth. It will depend on how the delivery goes.
- She will continue to visit us at home up until 6 weeks after birth!
- There's no extra cost for a midwife. They are covered by the Ontario Ministry of Health and they are governed by the College of Midwives of Ontario.
So there you have it. That's why I chose midwife after a couple weeks of panicking and waiting lists (yes-they have waiting lists!). They are completely educated to care for a mother and child before, during and after childbirth.
Look at some of the costs of giving birth! (CIHI Patient Cost Indicator)
Cost of a physician-attended vaginal birth in hospital: $2,486
Cost of a hospital birth with forceps or vaccum: $3,484 (I was a forcep baby)
Cost of a hospital birth by c-section: $4,863