The Midwives

The first time I called the midwifery clinic we're using someone with a thick, probably Scottish accent picked up.  I started to explain I was calling about using a midwife and she said she'd take my info but she wasn't the receptionist and didn't know what to do.  Who was this mysterious Scot and why did she answer the phone?  We will never know.  No one ever called me back.  I waited a week and then I called back and spoke to the receptionist.  The call went fine but I did do this weird thing where I said, "I am pregnant, and am interested in working with your group to birth the baby."  Working with your group?  I don't know, should I have said booking a midwife?  Hiring a midwife?  Using a midwife?  Whatever, I said "working with."

So a lot of people have asked me why a midwife.  I don't actually have a great answer.  I like the fact that in general there are less medical interventions with midwives.  I like the long empowered female history of midwives.  I like that there's a lovely clinic in my neighborhood.  I like the option to have a home birth (I'm not having a home birth but I like the option).  I also really like that show Call The Midwife.  So for all of those highly scientific reason it's the route we've chosen but things could change.

My only regret is that my midwives do not wear maroon cardigans and kicky little hats.

My only regret is that my midwives do not wear maroon cardigans and kicky little hats.

It's not that midwives can't deal with some complications because they can.  It's just that I am someone who worries A LOT about health stuff.  For example at this moment I am worried I have per-eclampsia, breast cancer, and meningitis.  To be clear at this moment all signs point to me being healthy and fine.  If it looks like anything wonky is going on with this pregnancy I will switch to an Ob-Gyn but if everything seems low-risk and like smooth sailing? I am stoked to work with my midwifery group.

Something you might not know is that you don't get a midwife.  You get midwives.  This is not the case everywhere but in Vancouver, where I live, every midwife organization I looked into worked in teams.  This means one of four women will catch my baby.  I love that they work in a team actually because it means that they can sleep, have days off, take vacations, and all that stuff you want for your midwife.  So she can be a rested, calm, collected person.  The team aspect doesn't mean some stranger will show up at the hospital to catch my baby.  I get to meet all of them before baby time at various appointments.  Appointments at their lovely clinic, that looks more like a hippie friend's apartment then any kind of medical establishment.  It's got mosaics, and artfully hung fabric, plants, soft lighting.  It's the kind of place where you could imagine smoking marijuana cigarettes and singing along to folk songs, because that's what hippies do. 

Not this, but almost this.

Not this, but almost this.

So far I have only had two appointments.  They were mostly conversations with a little blood work requests and test results sprinkled in.  Also, they have been super queer inclusive.  They don't even need our donors name which is great because he wanted to be anonymous.  They have all of Ana's info down as the other parent.  Midwives, so far, are the shit.  Now I am going to go eat chicken strips.