We are down right lucky if you ask me...
The Greater Sacramento Area is pretty lucky to have a diverse collective of midwives. Finding the right care provider is so important and with so many to choose from, you can interview the midwife that is perfect for you and your family. The thing that gets me is how many people don't know that midwifery care is even an option. It's not just an option for prenatal care, its also an option for gynecological care. Say what? Yes, you read that correctly.
Honestly it wasn't until I was pregnant with my first I had even experienced Midwifery Care. As a low risk pregnancy, I was given the option to see a CNM through Kaiser. I accepted the option and the remainder of my prenatal care I was seen by my midwife. The experience with my midwife made me fall in love with the midwifery model of care. She never made me feel like the next patient. She got to know both my husband and I, and really took an interest in our questions, concerns and general life. For us this was the best option for us at the time.
In hospital midwives are a great option for our community, but it is not the only one. Our area also has CNMs that attend homebirths and birth center births and LM, CPMs that attend homebirths. I'm not kidding when I say we are so lucky to have a wonderful group of midwives to choose from. Each midwife is amazing in their own way. Thank goodness they aren't all the same. The diversity of care providers means there is an opportunity for families to find the care provider that is right for them. That care provider that is perfect for some families might be an OBGYN and that is wonderful because they had an option for find the person that they felt most comfortable with to receive quality care.
With all this please just look at your options and choose what is best for you and your family.
Resources to explore:
Midwives Collective of Sacramento
Midtown Nurse Midwives
The Birth Center
California Birth Center
Mother of two crazy little girls. Photographer of life with a true love and passion for birth.