My Switch from an MD to a Certified Nurse Midwife

I’ve been with the same OB/GYN for about 12 years. He delivered all three of my precious girls, and I have loved being under his care during my childbearing years.  We totally “got” his sense of humor, and he saved my life with my first child.  I developed Preeclampsia at 36 weeks, and HipChick was delivered by emergency C-Section right before my organs were to become compromised.

After my first child, I spiraled into severe anxiety disorder (sort of resembling PTSD) and he helped me get back on my feet. I have a special bond with that man, and my husband does too.

But over the last several years, I have wondered about my anxiety issue, and whether there could be another way to deal with it, aside from psychotropic pharmaceuticals.  Some of my symptoms seemed to mirror hormonal imbalance, but I could never really get anywhere with the standard medical practice. I’ve been getting a little weary of being dependent on strong drugs, IF I didn’t need to be.  Let me be clear that I think medicines for depression and anxiety are wonderful, and needed! But if I had hormonal imbalance, maybe I could reduce my dosage or come off the meds completely.

Many of my friends go to a local Certified Nurse Midwife for their OB/GYN needs, and I remember when I first met her at an expo.  I told her I was thinking of coming to see her, described some of my symptoms, and she immediately speculated that it may be low progesterone levels.  She even described several symptoms that I hadn’t shared with her, such as cloudy thinking, short term memory issues, lack of focus.

So it has taken me almost a year… but when my prescription was almost expired, I figured I better make an appointment- bite the bullet- or just decide to stay with my original practice.  I went to see the midwife today, and it was an incredible visit!  It was like she intuitively knew what I was experiencing.  Maybe because she’s also a woman.  I have only had two OB/GYN doctors in my life, both men.

Or maybe it’s because she is open to other ideas than just prescribing drugs to treat symptoms. Whatever it was, it felt great… like I had some hope that I may be able to overcome the issues I’ve been struggling with for the last 9 years.

She started me out with some natural Progesterone spray, applied in a certain way each day, and I’m going back in two months to talk about the meds.  Apparently, the meds I’m on are so strong and the withdrawal is horrible, so I may have to replace it with another before tapering off the second drug.  Wow!

But I still feel like I’m cheating on my former doctor!  It’s just weird to change such a huge part of my life, and I want him to know how much I appreciate him, ya know?

Anyway, I will keep you updated on how the new treatment works. Have you had experiences with hormonal imbalance?  Have you switched doctors to get a different perspective on an issue?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!