Week 4 of Pregnancy: Finding a Homebirth Midwife

Midwife Home AppointmentGiving birth at home was always my first choice with my daughter. Although I had looked into the available local hospitals, I had decided that I was 100% against an unnecessarily medicalized pregnancy, labor, and birth. Thus, when I discovered that I was pregnant with my daughter, I decided to look into midwives to the exclusion of OB-GYNs and other maternal care professionals. In fact, I would not accept just any midwife to provide me with prenatal care or to assist in the birth of my baby. Although I could have chosen any number of midwives in my area, I was interested only in local midwives who attended home births.

After I lost my first pregnancy to a miscarriage, I seriously began searching for homebirth midwives in my area who would be willing to help me give birth to my future child in the comfort of my own home. After finding the only homebirth midwife in the area who was taking new clients and meeting with her in October 2010, I thought that my search was over. I really liked my future midwife, so all I needed was to get pregnant again. Therefore, when I finally did discover that I was expecting my daughter in April 2011, I thought that I could cross looking for a midwife off my list of things to do over the next thirty-six to thirty-eight weeks.

After four more positive home pregnancy tests in addition to the three that I had already taken, I asked my husband to call the midwife and let her know that we would be needing her services before and around January 7. (Based on the ovulation date that I had determined via charting my basal body temperatures and through the use of an ovulation predictor kit, my due date was January 7, 2012.) However, as soon as he got off the phone, my husband gave me some terrible news. The homebirth midwife that I liked was pregnant too and due around the same time, so she was not going to be able to take me as a new client. Needless to say, I was a little stressed.

Fortunately, during my initial investigations into homebirth midwives in the area, I found another midwife who lived within an hour and a half radius of my house. Although the second midwife was not actually taking new clients at the time, because my original midwife could not take me, the second midwife agreed to be my care provider. The second midwife had actually trained the first midwife and had offered to help out with patients of the first midwife during her pregnancy. So began a wonderful relationship with a wonderful homebirth midwife. My husband and I happily drove almost an hour and a half away to meet with our midwife. As long as my pregnancy was healthy and low risk, I was determined to give birth in the comfort of my own home. And, as my readers know, my story ended happily with the homebirth of my daughter, Poppy.

How did you find your health care provider for your pregnancy and birth?

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Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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