Missing Midwives Located!

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Putting families at ease. 

That's what we've always loved about being doulas, and these last two weeks, fielding phone calls about the Case of the Missing Midwives has been no exception.  We love leaving you knowing that no matter who you choose to go with, you have great options for great obstetric care here in Fredericksburg.

All of your calls prompted some of our own.

No word yet from the midwives themselves, but we spent last week reaching out to the different practices in the area, two of whom confirmed that Julie Weathers and LeeAnn Parker are indeed moving to different practices, and will soon be expanding options for midwifery care here in Fredericksburg.

Julie Weathers, CNM

Julie will be seeing patients starting in early May at Rappahannock Women's Health Center.  She and Dana Taylor will be expanding their midwifery program to offer 24/7 midwifery care to those patients who are seeking it.  According to the office, you can call today to schedule your May appointment with Julie.  In the mean time, Dana is happy to see anyone who wants to continue in their midwifery care and looks forward to seeing Julie in the near future.

LeeAnn Parker, MSN, CNM

LeeAnn is headed to Generations of Women, where she will work with their current midwife, Sue Mersch to provide excellent education and expand care choices for their patients.  She will also be their first midwife with delivering privileges at Mary Washington Hospital, and the office is excited to be able to provide their patients with excellent midwifery care from conception through the postpartum follow-up.  She will also be seeing patients again starting in early May, although the office has assured me that Sue is set up to see patients immediately.

Where does this leave you?

We know how personal your connection with your pregnancy care provider can feel, and we want you to feel great about the provider you have chosen and the role they will play in your child's birth.  If you are still unsure about which choice is best for you, please call us at 540-300-1102 to discuss your options.  We do a great job at helping you focus on the details most important to you in a care provider, and we are well versed on the different providers in this area.  We are sure we can help point you in the direction of a practice that best fits your requirements. (Personalized but impartial information on your birthing options is an important part of a doula's job description, and we are very good at what we do, if our clients may say so.)

What happens now?

For you and your baby, that is totally up to you.  Our experience with all of the providers of Sentera-Pratt tells us they understand how important it is to have confidence in your provider and their practice when "push comes to shove".  Trust is an essential component of a positive birth experience, and I'm confident in saying they would want you to get care where you feel the most comfortable, and each of them is happy to serve you well.  (Side note: If you want a doula to serve as your continuous presence through this transition, we happen to know a few great ones.)

What's next from the Doula Detectives?

We continue our investigations into the great options that Fredericksburg can offer birthing families.  We will not rest until we are confident that as the local experts in childbirth options, we know all there is to know.  We plan to share it, here, in our blog.  We currently have information on giving birth, on parenting, on recipes for your family, postpartum doula services and placenta encapsulation.  We will continue to keep abreast of great providers and options for care here in Fredericksburg.  Next week, we will begin our Spotlight on Providers Series, where you can get an intimate look at different local providers.  First up, Amy Frederick, CNM of Advanced Care for Women.

Victoria McCollum

Victoria McCollum is a birth and postpartum doula and owner of Doulas of Fredericksburg, in Fredericksburg, Virgina. She resides there with her husband and three precocious sons.