So my question is have you ever went through a midwife instead of a regular OB? My last pregnancy was through an OB. She wasn't a high risk OB but just a regular OB who has dealt with diabetic pregnancies before. I loved her to death but I want a different structure. I know I probably will have to go with a midwife that has hospital privileges as well because a birth center might not be able to deal with it.
This will be my second pregnancy. Not for sure if I'm pregnant or not but I'm having a lot of the same symptoms I did with my first child, except about 10 times worse. We are waiting a little bit to find out for sure because with my son I gave off two false negatives in the first month. Both were done by a hospital. I was almost 7 weeks pregnant when two tests finally came out positive and they were both home tests.
As a past labor nurse, I can tell you that you do not qualify for Low Risk Birthing Center if you are insulin dependent. If you find a Mw who is in practice and closely covered by an MD... that's a good option. A birthing center is not going to be able to address issues your baby may have related to hyperinsulinemia... but there are good options out there. Email me if you want to talk off line.
I know I wouldn't probably qualify for a birthing center but I do have a midwife who works with the hospital I delivered my son at. Though too bad these birthing centers wouldn't look into being able to deal with this issue. I know of a lot of other insulin dependent mothers who would prefer to have this chance to go to a birthing center instead of a regular hospital.
Your best option is a family friendly hospital.
We are "at risk" for so many things... you want someone to maximize your chances for a
vaginal delivery, and have expert staff to handle your baby if needed.
Here are some questions for you to ask them.
- if you have a c/s can your baby be with you in recovery?
- for what reasons do they remove the baby from your room? What is their "routine"?
-can you walk during labor with telemetry for the baby?
-With appropriate antenatal testing, will the MW/MD let you go term rather than inducing you?
-what is the nurse patient ratio in L&D? Do they have a doula service?
- I think the more flexible you are, the less likely you will be disappointed. I have seen huge differences between hospitals though... and even diabetic moms should be health care consumers! Happy Pregnancy. Seriously, if I can help you let me know. Stay active.... watch your weight... do your best with your blood suqars... i had one 38 week delivery and one 35... both are grown men and doing well... but I remember the struggles ( including changing doctors 4 weeks before I delivered because I was being mismanaged).
I worked with a regular OB my last pregnancy and she worked with my Endo. I had to go for 1 visit with a high risk OB who my regular OB would consult with IF we ran into a problem which we didn't. If you can find a midwife who will work with an Endo and can find a high risk OB to consult you should be go to go. I had issues with Preeclampsia with both my pregnancies and both kids were over 10lbs.