About 6 weeks prior to my due date, I found out that my midwife would be on vacation. It felt very much like the scene in the movie "Knocked Up" when Katherine Heigl realizes her practitioner who she interviewed about "being there for her" would not...be there. Nonetheless, when receiving very personalized care, this is one of the drawbacks and one that I was prepared to deal with. By holding my baby in until my due date. My midwife would be on vacation from June 16th-23rd, so I'd just have my baby after her flight landed, of course. It would be perfect, because that was when I was due.
While I wasn't considered to be a candidate who needed to go to the hospital as opposed to the birth center, (because I was NOT diagnosed with polyhydramnios - yay Natrum Muriaticum!) I still wanted to visit the hospital where I could end up...just in case. With the possibility of going with a "backup" midwife a reality, there was a higher likelihood we would be in the hospital. If any other patients from either of the two practices was in labor at the same time and needed to go to the hospital, I would need to go also to receive care from a midwife. So, about 4 weeks before D day, we went to visit Einstein Montgomery Medical Center. It is amazing! It is a brand new facility that works with midwives in the area. The only hospital to work with midwives in the area, so it had my support in that regard. I had also been assured that so long as I was not a high risk case, I could be treated by a midwife in a room as if I was in a birth center. It was comforting to visit, if even just to know what entrance to go to and where to go once inside. As it turned out, time was of the essence and it was very good to have a clear head as far as directions were concerned.
The following week, we visited our "backup" midwife, Ronni Rothman of Woman Wise Midwifery. Ronni is awesome. We gave her the recap of our history as it pertained to my first labor and birth experience. She was very laid back, direct, but also very warm and funny. She was someone I knew I would be comfortable having by my side during birth. She made a very positive impression on Jeff, so that he was hoping I went during week 39 so he could "hang out" with Ronni more.