Because I am considered of ""advanced maternal age,"" I initially assumed I was not a good candidate for a home birth, and chose to go the traditional medical route with an OBGYN. After a couple of months with a doctor who routinely became frustrated with our questions, we realized that the experience was far too impersonal and that we needed to explore our options. At our initial consultation with Marimikel, we knew we had found the path we had hoped for. Before we were under her care, we felt uninformed and not very much a part of the process of the birth of our own child! Yet as soon as we began working with Marimikel, we were provided very clear instructions and guidance for the best possible natural prenatal care.
At 32 weeks I developed polyhydramnios, which put me at some risk for preterm labor. I followed Marimikel?s advice and cut down my hours at work and started swimming more, and the condition disappeared. I then ended up at 15 days beyond my due date (a normal, full term pregnancy). Because my amniotic fluid was low (also normal at that stage), the OBGYN scheduled me to be induced. We were so depressed that unless I went into labor that day or the next, we would not have the home birth we?d planned and so desired. Marimikel suggested acupuncture; I went, and (whether or not due to that) I went into labor the next morning. I was in labor just 6 hours and pushed for 16 minutes ? amazing for a first time mom! Marimikel coached and encouraged me through the entire labor and birth experience with great love and confidence. She is an excellent midwife in the way she prepares you for birth, but she shines like a star during the birth itself. There is no doubt in my mind that I have her to thank for such a beautiful experience...without her intuitive advice and attention throughout my pregnancy, things could have gone very differently for us.
If you?re looking for an intimate, personal birth guided by a seasoned pro, call Marimikel as soon as you find out you're pregnant!
Pros: Extremely knowledgable, very loving personal care