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I waited two months to see this midwife for our first meeting so I was about two months pregnant at the time. I called around to so many midwife offices all over Vancouver and the north shore, only to be told everyone was fully booked. I find this weird because I started looking for a mid wife the moment I became pregnant. So I have no idea how all of these other people managed to find out and book midwives before me? I guess there is only so many they can take. Finally we got this one, which I reallywanted to interview a few different ones and find one that best understood us and our birth plan and what we want for our unborn child. Well, We got this one and me and my partner had a not so good experience. We arrived at our appointment time and ended up waiting outside because the door was locked and no one was there as a receptionist to let us in. At first we thought maybe we had the wrong place. This cut down our appointment with her about 15-20 minutes - we were supposed to have an hour. We felt like when we first met it was like a script that she was just resighting - she goes over all the tests and just tells you a bunch of information that you could otherwise just find out on your own. We didn't have much time to even talk and just sat there listening. I felt like I had even more questions at the end of our meeting than when we first went in. Then I asked about when I would be able to meet her again because of all my questions, and she was expecting me to wait an entire month to see her. I feel like midwives are supposed to be making the whole feeling be more about you - and not fitting you into some sort of cookie-cutter mould - but this is exactly what I felt was happening and was exactly what I didn't want and why I wanted a midwife in the first place. She didn't once look at my birth plan or any of the forms that were requested of me to be filled out before the first meeting. It felt like she didn't even care to know what type of experience I wanted when I spent hours filling out these forms and she didn't even so much as glance at them. Then when the appointment was done, we were rushed out the door because she had another appointment - but we already missed almost the first half of ours because of someone else's appointment that went over as well. If you don't have time for everyone then don't book appointments and leave some space In between your appointments - doesn't seem too difficult right? In the end of all of this she wasn't even able to be our Midwife because she's away at the time the baby is due - BUT her "receptionist" said she was available to be my midwife and knew my due date. I would not have been waiting for her for the first two months if I had known she would not have been able to take me. So now I'm in a position where I had to find another midwife, but this was already an almost impossible task in the beginning, how would I find one now, two months later? The most terrifying part about all of this is that there are time sensitive tests that need to be done and I was almost at the dead line for a lot of them. Blood work needs to be done for Down syndrome screening and this has to be done early. Anyways at the end of it I ended up going to an actual doctor and giving up on the whole midwife thing because it just didn't feel right or like my efforts were even working. So now I'm with my actual Dr and totally happy, I have no concerns about my baby's well being and all of my concerns are listened to in every appointment. I'm never rushed and am able to book an appointment as often as I would like. I'm also able to have the same control as you are promised with midwifes and will be able to have my water birth in the hospital :) Drs are just as flexible, you just have to tell them what you would like.
There is so much we appreciated about collaborating with Vera and her colleagues during my pregnancy and postpartum. It was a really empowering experience for me and I could not have asked for better support people and midwives throughout this journey. I found Vera brings to her practice a wonderful balance of heart, professionalism, evidence-based decision making, respect and laughter (I could go on). I am grateful for and would highly recommend the midwifery care offered by Vera to anyone. Even though I put a 4 for punctuality, while Vera could occasionally run behind (not often though), she made up for it by taking extra time in our appointments if needed. I never felt rushed and really appreciated her thoroughness and flexibility.
I had the pleasure of having Vera Berard as my midwife for my first pregnancy. During the nine months I met with her regularly at her beautiful office spaces and got to know her quite well. When it came to the delivery Vera was a warm and trusting presence in the delivery room but firm and encourging when I felt like I could not go on. She was the absolute best midwife for me.
I had my son around the same time a lot of my friends were having babies. We kept sharing pregnancy stories, and then delivery stories as the babies kept coming. Every time I would hear about their disatisfying visits to the clinic, or a family doctor I would find myself saying over and over, "thank heavens I chose to go with a midwife and that I have Bryn and Vera". The midwifery clinic staff and the care they provided my family with before, during, and after far superseded what I was expecting. I felt supported, informed, and very well guided through my choices. Vera helped me have a smooth delivery and I am very thankful to have been recommended to her by my friend and would lovingly recommend her to another.
She was totally empowering. She can come off as flakey at first, but she is extremely experienced and calm, which in turn kept me calm. I had 2 babies with her by my side and I'm so grateful that I paid attention to all she had to teach in her unique style.
Vera believes that I am responsible for making decisions about myself and my family. In our discussions it was sometimes difficult knowing what choice to make. I wished that she would simply tell me what to do. Now years after having my children I appreciate the gift that she gave me, a belief that I have within myself the ability to make the best decisions for myself. It's a gift that I am passing along to my children.
Vera made us feel very comfortable though our first 2 births. I now realize how much I appreciated Vera's care as we are having our 3rd baby in a different city. We find ourselves comparing our current care giver to Vera and wishing we were under her care. With Vera, I really felt as though she cared.
I had Vera a few years ago and I feel I need to defend her previous rating. Although I do agree that at times she left me feeling inadequate and uncertain if she even knew who I was, I remember how strong her presence was during my birth. I also know that Vera was struggling with the logistics of her practice and was extremely overworked until recently. Her intentions and skills are unquestionably terrific and I think a little bit of understanding of the whole picture is needed when we evaluate our caregivers.
Vera is knowledgeable, but her bedside manner is terrible. She likes to be in control and to 'tell' rather than to listen and explain. She often chastised me for asking questions she felt were unimportant or could wait until later. In the end she did a marvelous job of delivering my baby, but I was not comfortable. She also made assumptions about how I was feeling and what I needed that I found quite wrong and bothersome. She needs to give a little more say and a little more freedom to her patients.
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