First, a little background
When we met with the doctor and genetic counselor at Children's Hospital at the beginning of June, we asked about the best area hospitals to deliver and were presented with three options: Overlake, Evergreen, or the University of Washington. They had the necessary specialization and neo-natal facilities that would allow Ewan to receive the medicine he needs after birth, and to be transferred safely to Children's Hospital.
When we met with our midwife a couple of weeks later, she told us about an OB they refer to frequently in instances like ours. She's friendly to the practice of midwifery and prefers minimally invasive practices herself when appropriate. I was so excited! The midwives love her and in my book, that was as huge win (since I love and trust the midwives). The only problem? She has privileges exclusively at Valley Medical Center -- not at any of the hospitals they told us about at Children's.
When we told our midwife about the three hospitals they told us about at Children's, she said she would check into it for us. That was the last that we (and you) heard.
And now the good part
But we figured it couldn't hurt to ask ourselves.
Today, James called and spoke with the genetic counselor that we initially spoke to at Children's Hospital (we cannot say enough wonderful things about the people we've interacted with there so far). Would it be okay if we were to deliver at Valley Medical Center? Do they have the necessary facilities and resources? After she checked with the doctor, she called us back and we found out YES, THEY DO!! It will be perfectly okay for us to work with this wonderful doctor who already has a relationship with our midwife team, who is friendly toward the practice of midwifery, and can also provide the specialized level of care that our family will need.
Given the circumstances, I am beyond THRILLED to be able to make a smooth transition from one set of capable hands into another. One of my biggest fears was feeling like I was being handled by a complete stranger. But since the midwives already have a good relationship with this doctor, I feel much more comfortable at the prospect of working with her, of having a hospital birth and being able to have the type of experience we want.
Miraculous healing aside, this is exactly what we were hoping for.
There are still plenty of details to be worked out -- nothing has officially transitioned yet since we just learned all of this earlier today, but knowing what we know now, we are well on our way. I just couldn't wait to share the news!!