I'm fairly new to Marin and wondering if you can recommend
A.) A place that does Water Births?
That takes insurance .
Thanks so much!
I think I may be able to help you out. I'll start with your last question first. It is my understanding that Marin General will allow you to rent a birthing tub, but you can't use it for the actual birth. I'm not sure what the rules are at Kaiser. Birthing tubs are rented out from one of Marin's local midwives.
My Ob/Gyn is Lizellen Lafollette. While I did not use her for my prenatals or birth (I'm a homebirth mama), I use her for everything else. She was very supportive of my choice to birth at home, which to me signals that she believes in empowering women to have the birth that they want. If she could trust me and my body, then I could trust her. I love doctors who are supportive and respectful of one's decision.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. I'm a fan of birth and all things baby!
All the best,
My understanding is that water births are typically done at home in this part of the Bay - and if you were going that route, your midwife would have you set up parallel care at the local Women's Clinic (Health and Human Services... over in the San Rafael medical complex on Kerner) where they'd see you 4 - 5 times during your pregnancy for ultrasounds and to make sure they know your story in case you end up having to deliver early or have complications, in which case they'd transfer you to Marin General.
There used to be a midwife clinic in Fairfax, but it appears they've moved on to independent at-home practice.
Let us know what you decide!
Marin General Hospital now has a tub and offers Water Births. There are nurse midwives and ob/gyns trained at this at Marin General. Most of those same physicians work in Prima Medical Group, Women's Medical offices in Greenbrae and Novato.