Midwives At Valley Medical Ctr

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  • 4033 Talbot Rd S # 440

    Renton, WA 98055

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  • 425-656-5321

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The midwives were nice and each had their own good qualities, BUT they did not risk me out to a high risk OB when I should have been. By 7 months of pregnancy, I developed sudden and significant swelling in my feet/ankles/calves, face, lips and neck, and fingers (I had to get my rings cut off b/c my fingers swelled so much and so suddenly, and stayed that way). I had unexplained tingling in my face, head, arms neck and shoulders and I had to stop and bend over and pant after walking from room to room to catch my breath. I gained 60 lbs over the course of my pregnancy even though I could barely eat - most of it was gained after 6 months (it was all gone 2 weeks after my baby was born - it was all water). I could feel my pulse pounding in my ears and I could see it pulsing as black spots in my peripheral vision. I had a chronic, persistent cough since 4 months pregnant that was unexplained and untreated, and I had swollen, painful feet with blood pooling in my heels since 4 months pregnant. In my research, I had all the symptoms of stage 3 high-risk peripartum cardiomypathy, a potentially fatal disorder. http://en.wikipedia.or...
I also had an irregular heartbeat and terrible heartburn (or was it actual heart pain?) that I could not eat or lie down to sleep. I heard my pulse pounding in my ears when walking or moving around and at night in bed. I had to sleep sitting up or I felt my throat closing up. I felt like I would drown/suffocate when drinking a sip of water. I woke up every hour to pee and drink 8oz of water b/c I was so thirsty. I also had Braxton Hicks contrax that would seize my belly and I couldn't move for 45 minutes at a time - probably dehydration. my blood pressure read 150/85, compared with my normal 90/50 (60/40 in early pregnancy).

I should have been risked out to a high risk OB or at least tested for gestational/pregnancyinduced hypertension (PIH), peripartum cardiomyopathy and/or pulmonary edema at this time. Instead, they had me lie on my left side for 20 minutes to get a lower BP reading each visit (not a best practice for diagnosing hypertension according to OB's). http://www.gynob.com/h..., so I got readings of 135/70 after lying on my left side, which still fit the criteria of being +30 systolic and +15 diastolic over the normal BP, which is used to determine gestational hypertension. But I was never diagnosed or treated.

The midwives stripped my membranes at 41 weeks, but refused to induce me medically, which sent me into early/false/prodromal, but regular (every 12 minutes) and extremely painful contractions for 78 hours total. I was seen 24 hours after the stripping and given morphine but not admitted. At 48 hours of labor I was in such incredible sacrum/hip socket pain, and had not eaten or had anything to drink for 48 hours, and could not stand or walk to talk due to the shaking and pain, that I demanded to be admitted. 12 hours later my water broke, stained with meconium. The midwives told me my body was not "coordinating" and that I was not in "real labor" which was very invalidating. I was dehydrated and had low amniotic fluid.
My baby & I were left to labor in the birth center for an additional 28 hours, with my baby experiencing deep heart decelerations for more than 12 hours of that time. My dilation arrested at 6 cm and retracted to 5 cm and my cervix began to swell. I got a fever. They lost the baby's heartbeat, and thankfully r, and thankfully recovered it with a position change and gave me oxygen. Finally, after 74 hours of labor we opted for the c-section to "avoid an emergency" and at 78 hours our baby was born with meconium aspiration and apgars of 4. Luckily, NICU recussitated her by intubating and suctioning her lungs, and she received an apgar of 8 at 10 min. We never should have been allowed to labor that long or go that long past due with this underlying condition, especially not unmonitored at home for as long as I was.

I experienced swelling of the body and brain and its symptoms and was told to "not worry about it" after explaining each of my symptoms to the midwives at valley. I was at risk of pre-eclampsia or acute heart failure with all the risks to my own and my baby's health and survival and was completely dismissed by the midwives.

I feel the midwives are not up to speed with best practices in identifying and treating common or rare and dangerous pregnancy complications and symptoms. This is dangerous, disrespectful and medically questionable. If you have an easy pregnancy and labor, great, I'm sure they will serve you well. But given the development of a risky condition, I do not trust their diagnostic training or skills at treatment, or their ability to know when to refer a patient out to an OB.

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The midwives were nice and each had their own good qualities, BUT they did not risk me out to a high risk OB when I should have been. By 7 months of pregnancy, I developed sudden and significant swelling in my feet/ankles/calves, face, lips and neck, and fingers (I had to get my rings cut off b/c my fingers swelled so much and so suddenly, and stayed that way). I had unexplained tingling in my face, head, arms neck and shoulders and I had to stop and bend over and pant after walking from room to room to catch my breath. I gained 60 lbs over the course of my pregnancy even though I could barely eat - most of it was gained after 6 months (it was all gone 2 weeks after my baby was born - it was all water). I could feel my pulse pounding in my ears and I could see it pulsing as black spots in my peripheral vision. I had a chronic, persistent cough since 4 months pregnant that was unexplained and untreated, and I had swollen, painful feet with blood pooling in my heels since 4 months pregnant. In my research, I had all the symptoms of stage 3 high-risk peripartum cardiomypathy, a potentially fatal disorder. http://en.wikipedia.or...
I also had an irregular heartbeat and terrible heartburn (or was it actual heart pain?) that I could not eat or lie down to sleep. I heard my pulse pounding in my ears when walking or moving around and at night in bed. I had to sleep sitting up or I felt my throat closing up. I felt like I would drown/suffocate when drinking a sip of water. I woke up every hour to pee and drink 8oz of water b/c I was so thirsty. I also had Braxton Hicks contrax that would seize my belly and I couldn't move for 45 minutes at a time - probably dehydration. my blood pressure read 150/85, compared with my normal 90/50 (60/40 in early pregnancy).

I should have been risked out to a high risk OB or at least tested for gestational/pregnancyinduced hypertension (PIH), peripartum cardiomyopathy and/or pulmonary edema at this time. Instead, they had me lie on my left side for 20 minutes to get a lower BP reading each visit (not a best practice for diagnosing hypertension according to OB's). http://www.gynob.com/h..., so I got readings of 135/70 after lying on my left side, which still fit the criteria of being +30 systolic and +15 diastolic over the normal BP, which is used to determine gestational hypertension. But I was never diagnosed or treated.

The midwives stripped my membranes at 41 weeks, but refused to induce me medically, which sent me into early/false/prodromal, but regular (every 12 minutes) and extremely painful contractions for 78 hours total. I was seen 24 hours after the stripping and given morphine but not admitted. At 48 hours of labor I was in such incredible sacrum/hip socket pain, and had not eaten or had anything to drink for 48 hours, and could not stand or walk to talk due to the shaking and pain, that I demanded to be admitted. 12 hours later my water broke, stained with meconium. The midwives told me my body was not "coordinating" and that I was not in "real labor" which was very invalidating. I was dehydrated and had low amniotic fluid.
My baby & I were left to labor in the birth center for an additional 28 hours, with my baby experiencing deep heart decelerations for more than 12 hours of that time. My dilation arrested at 6 cm and retracted to 5 cm and my cervix began to swell. I got a fever. They lost the baby's heartbeat, and thankfully r, and thankfully recovered it with a position change and gave me oxygen. Finally, after 74 hours of labor we opted for the c-section to "avoid an emergency" and at 78 hours our baby was born with meconium aspiration and apgars of 4. Luckily, NICU recussitated her by intubating and suctioning her lungs, and she received an apgar of 8 at 10 min. We never should have been allowed to labor that long or go that long past due with this underlying condition, especially not unmonitored at home for as long as I was.

I experienced swelling of the body and brain and its symptoms and was told to "not worry about it" after explaining each of my symptoms to the midwives at valley. I was at risk of pre-eclampsia or acute heart failure with all the risks to my own and my baby's health and survival and was completely dismissed by the midwives.

I feel the midwives are not up to speed with best practices in identifying and treating common or rare and dangerous pregnancy complications and symptoms. This is dangerous, disrespectful and medically questionable. If you have an easy pregnancy and labor, great, I'm sure they will serve you well. But given the development of a risky condition, I do not trust their diagnostic training or skills at treatment, or their ability to know when to refer a patient out to an OB.

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These midwives work out of a clinic next door to the hospital and deliver babies in the Birthing Center at the hospital. They are covered by many health insurance policies, unlike many in-home midwives. Their care was excellent and they made sure the mothers met with most or all of the midwives before going into labor so they would be comfortable with whomever was on call when it was time to birth. My previous experiences were with OBGYNs and I'm sad to say that I never knew much about what was going on with my body and my baby until I worked with these midwives. They helped me take good care of myself and supported my personal choices. I would highly recommend them!

Ask about their Centering program in which mothers meet with other mothers due around the same time and discuss pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn issues while monitoring their basic health under the supervision of the midwives.

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These midwives work out of a clinic next door to the hospital and deliver babies in the Birthing Center at the hospital. They are covered by many health insurance policies, unlike many in-home midwives. Their care was excellent and they made sure the mothers met with most or all of the midwives before going into labor so they would be comfortable with whomever was on call when it was time to birth. My previous experiences were with OBGYNs and I'm sad to say that I never knew much about what was going on with my body and my baby until I worked with these midwives. They helped me take good care of myself and supported my personal choices. I would highly recommend them!

Ask about their Centering program in which mothers meet with other mothers due around the same time and discuss pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn issues while monitoring their basic health under the supervision of the midwives.

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