I had my 20-week appointment with my midwife this week and she announced that she’s moving to a new hospital. She told me that I can either stay where I am with a different midwife, or I can follow her to the new place. My next steps are to meet with the new-to-me midwife, but also to tour the other facility. I know friends who have had positive birth experiences in both places, and also have a friend who delivered with this other midwife. Therefore, I think I am fortunate in the decision department.
I have two good choices ahead of me — stay with a midwife whom I know and trust already or stay closer to home with a hospital and staff I know and like already.
I’m wondering from other mamas, though, which do you feel is more important for the birth: the practitioner or the place? Are there other factors I should be considering?