The Houston Midwife Scene
There are several midwives in Houston to choose from. Do your research. I recommend any licensed midwife in Houston who has good experience and good reviews. There are many things to consider depending on what is important to you. Some moms prefer finding a midwife who is close to their home for appointments and for the birth. There are personality issues to consider. You should actually like your midwife and feel comfortable with her! You should also consider if you prefer an actual “home birth” or if you prefer to birth in a birthing center.
My office is located in the northwest part of Houston. Some moms who live far away from my office don’t mind driving to appointments because we are a good fit. But if you are not close to me, I’ll be happy to recommend another good midwife in your area!
The birthing centers in the Houston area are all good. They are staffed with knowledgeable and very professional midwives. A birth center has a team of knowledgeable people to help you. The facilities are designed to be comfortable with a “home like” atmosphere. Some moms prefer going to a birthing center because of these benefits. However, some moms prefer to have a regular “home birth” in the comfort and convenience of their own home. It is not more safe or less safe to have your baby in your own home as opposed to a birth center. Also be aware that sometimes you will pay more to have your baby in a birth center, but again some moms don’t mind this if it is more convenient and it suits their personal preferences.
For many moms, there is nothing quite like having your baby in the comfort of your own home. It is hard to describe, but as we all know, there is “no place like home”. Some of your pre-natal appointments and post-partum appointments with me will be in the comfort and convenience of your own home.
When deciding which midwife to choose in the Houston area, ask for references and/or birth stories. Birth stories help you as a mom get acquanted with how your midwife handles the birthing process and how it affected the laboring mother. Birth stories can give you some degree of confidence in knowing what you can expect based on other ladies using your midwife. You can read a whole bunch of Nanci’s birth stories here.
Being close to appointments is important to many pregnant moms. Being pregnant can be difficult. It can be especially hard when you have other children that you need to bring with you to the appointments. My office is located right off of Highway 290 and Huffmeister. You can certainly shop for maternity items while at your appointments! My office is also kid friendly and you are welcomed to bring your children along. You can see a map to Nanci’s office here.
Getting along with your midwife and feeling comfortable is essential! Most of my clients say that I am very warm and personable to them. My personality is flexible depending on your needs and preferences. If it is your preference, I will allow you to be in total control of your birth while offering my expertise when it is needed. Or if you prefer, I will take complete charge of your birth allowing you to express your needs and wants along the way! I will always value and respect your beliefs and your preferences while maintaining the safety of mom and baby.