In the last post I alluded to frustrations that Lauren and I have been feeling with our midwife practice. Here is a run-down of our recent midwife drama and why we are strongly considering finding a new practice:
Last Wednesday (February 24th), I called the office and left a message complaining of shortness of breath. Nobody called me back. The following day (Thursday the 25th), I called and they referred me to the emergency line where the midwife on call told me to get blood work done because they wanted to test me for anemia. She said that I should expect a call on Monday (March 1st) with results. They never called. Ever. All day I waited to hear why I couldn’t breathe, why I was experiencing gasping for air. Nothing.
Luckily perhaps, Monday, March 1st I started throwing up with suspected food poisoning and called the emergency line on Tuesday at 4 a.m. The nurse midwife played it off like it was nothing and simply told me to try to get fluids, which I eventually did.
On Wednesday the 3rd I started to feel like I was coming down with a cold and my shortness of breath came back. Quickly and intently.
On Thursday the 4th,I called to talk to someone and see if they had my blood test results. The receptionist who has previously forgotten to call me back when we spoke on the phone, said they didn’t have my results at that time, but that if there was something wrong she was sure someone would have called. She asked me to call back on Friday morning to see if she could put her hands on my results.
I called Friday at 8:30 a.m. and left a message saying that I was feeling worse, coughing up yellow/green mucus and was heading to the emergency room for treatment. I mentioned that I would appreciate a call back with lab results. Again, no response. I said I was heading to the emergency room in the hospital where they deliver so that I could be seen and maybe we could touch base. Nothing. I said I was upset because we hadn’t heard from them. NOTHING.
At the hospital I was diagnosed with the beginning stage of pneumonia, bronchitis and a bladder infection! Not just a little tickle in my throat!!!!!
We really want to deliver in a hospital with a midwife because I am not comfortable with the idea of a home birth for us, but the concentration is on having a midwife. I really do not want an OB.
But now… I am just so pissed off at them for not getting back to me at all and being so non-chalant that I cannot stand the thought of being with them. Everyone said that we should keep our appointment with them on the 22nd and tell them our concerns, but at this point I don’t know what they could do that would ease my mind.
It’s so frustrating… AND THEY WERE VOTED THE BEST MIDWIVES IN MARYLAND! Ugh.
Most of the other midwife groups we found do homebirths which we are not prepared to do. I really really don’t want to move to an OB and lose my chance at a natural childbirth with little interventions…