Today I met with Midwife #2. The man... he was very friendly and open to answering all of my questions. Seriously, as someone who started with a Family OB, the midwives are so much more relaxed and willing to sit with you to patiently answer all of your questions. I hope that future pregnancies can be handled by a midwife. I love midwives.
I'm now much more comfortable with the male midwife. Call me sexist, but I was unsure about it. He totally made me feel at ease.
He is actually the chair of the department, so the people whom I had spoken with previously had said I needed to speak with him about water birth. I did. He said that due to OSHA requirements, they couldn't allow it. They had done a survey last summer to see how great the interest was amongst their clientelle. Only 5% were interested in water birth.
So, that's disappointing. But on the bright side, one of my questions that was answered was that I can eat and drink normally during labor. Whew! I was a bit worried about that... I need to keep my strength up and I get really cranky when I'm hungry.