Need help finding a midwife!

  1. Hello, I didn't know who else to ask this so, any help would be greatly appreciated!

    I didn't know any better and went to an OB-GYN when I got pregnant with my son. I ended up with an epidural (what's a girl to do when the nurse asks every five minutes for eleven hours, "can I getcha somethin' for the pain hon? You really don't have to be in so much pain, sweetie" well, the epidural completely stopped the contractions and they said that I was already at the highest level of pitocin. The nurse came in and announced that I HAD to have a c-section for "failure to progress" (after only 16 hours).

    We are working on baby#2 and I really, really, really don't want to go back to an OB-GYN.

    So, my question is, Do midwifes handle VBACs?

    If so, I was wondering if there is a website or forum where I could look up midwives in my area. I have not been able to find any in my area (Bloomington-Normal, Illinois). Also, is it common for midwifes to travel? and if so, what would any involved costs be? (approximately, of course)

    Thank you so much for any help...I love to plan ahead for things and any help is greatly appreciated!
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  3. by   Jolie
    I went to school in Normal for a short time, and I'm quite sure that my gyn's office there utilized nurse-midwives.

    Start by calling the local hospitals and asking for the names and numbers of midwives on staff. I don't think you will have any trouble finding someone. Discuss your concerns at your very first appointment, and ask about the possibility of a VBAC with a midwife in attendance. There may be a legitimate need for a repeat C-section, but if that is necessary, it can be scheduled in advance with the midwife assisting.

    Good luck!