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Moments of truth are personal. They happen in different ways for everyone, and for different reasons. Have you ever wondered about the way other people approach their health and their care? Below, check out stories from real people like you about their experiences with the US health care system and with midwifery care. You can also share your own here.

My Moment of Truth - when I switched to a midwife

I had been seeing the same OB/GYN for over 15 years old. Granted, I moved away for a few years, but when I returned I started seeing him again. Every visit, he was ask "So I see you had a laproscopy at 19, what was that for again?". He did the procedure.... Every visit I felt like he had no idea who I was, yet I continued to see him for annual check-ups. When I became pregnant, I went to him for a few visits. I knew that he was not a good match for the care I wanted. I knew if I stayed with him, I would not know the Dr. who delivered me and more than likely I would be induced (based on my family and friends experiences). I made an appointment to see a Midwife Group when I was 16 weeks pregnant. I could not believe how nice they were, how much time they spent, how they actually cared about me and my thoughts/views. I ended up with a C-section on my first birth, after 36 hours of labor. However, I know they gave me ample time and the decision was mine to make. Had I been with the OB/GYN I am sure my son would have a different birth date. I was lucky enough to have a VBAC with my second child. That is something I am very, very proud of being able to do. I wanted to vaginally deliver my child. I know that I would not have had that option with an OB/GYN. They believed in me and helped me make it possible. I am forever grateful to the midwife group that I saw. They are amazing women and I am so thankful I made the switch.

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