I really appreciate the advice. Its nice to hear from mommies who have experienced the care of midwives and can give feedback. Seems like there is still such a mental block with most people about that you MUST go to a OB/GYN.
Genesis sounds amazing and its a pity im so far...or just too far to be uncomfortable with traveling the distance. But Ive heard good things about Femina too.
Anyone else with experience with midwives at Femina?
I'm not sure if femina would be classed as a hospital or birthing center (from the website it seems to be a active birth unit attached to the hospital) - so you might have to phone them and check how they work. I'm seeing a midwife at Genesis (birthing center in JHB).
As Goggatjie said, is you would see a private midwife as your main care provider (usually one that works with the clinic/hospital), with a back-up gynea, in case of complications.
You would only see the gynea (or sonographer) for the major scans (13 weeks, 20 weeks) and then a last checkup at 36 weeks to make sure everything is okay for natural birth. The rest of your appointments will be with the midwife, and she would also be the one attending the birth (if no complications).
Best starting point would be to phone Femina, and just ask them for a list of the private midwifes that work with them.
Willem born: 20 Aug 2010
Emily born: 5 March 2014
You can go to a private midwife instead of a gynae
There are midwifes at hospitals that help the doctors, but that is not the midwife that you really want to see, you must check for private midwifes
I see a midwife and only see the Gynae once at 36 weeks
If the midwife think you have a problem, then they will tell you to go the the gynae just to make sure.
I do not even have my scans with a gynae, but a private sonographer(sorry for the spelling)
We have a wonderful birth centre on this side called Genesis
This is my 3rd baby with a midwife, and is great, as they give you so much more time than the gynae, and they are much cheaper. Even my medical aid will not pay the gynae rate, but they pay my Midwife in full!!
So I was hoping I could ask the silly questions here.
I wondering how it works if I want to have a midwife instead of a gynea?
I know some gyneas have midwives as staff so you still have the option to see the doctor if there are complications.
I want to go to a birthing centre like Femina (is it a birthing centre) instead of a hospital? Im in the pretoria area.