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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
hello wise women!!!
My sister in law is pregnant and hoping for a VBAC. She is rather medically minded (an MD herself). She would like to find a VBAC friendly obstetrician in Long Island or Queens? She likes LIJ or Northshore Hospital.
Thanks so much for your wisdom!!
post #2 of 18
I can't promise that she does them, but Dr. Jessica Jacob in New Hyde Park (delivers at North Shore Manhasset) is known for having a low CS rate.

Both North Shore and LIJ have lousy VBAC rates, but I really don't know how much of that is patient preference. (North Shore has a 90% epidural rate but I know someone who had 2 natural deliveries there and said the nurses were great, so it's hard to tell with these things.) They're still better than anywhere else in Nassau County, though.
post #3 of 18
If she interested in a homebirth, Miriam Schwarzchild is great and does travel (I had a HBAC with her last year in Astoria)

A friend of mine on Long Island worked with Dale Cook out of Gaia Midwifery. She has an office in Malverne and one further out East (maybe Kings Park?). She is great! My friend was going to go with a hospital vbac but the hospitals she was looking at were not shy about sharing how unsupportive they were of VBAC's so at the last minute, she had a homebirth!

Did you by the way post on a LLL board? (I can't keep up with emails and such)

Diana
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 

Thank You for your advice

Thanks so much ladies!! My sister in law said she'll definitely check out all of your suggestions. It's trully a challenge for someone looking for VBAC in Queens/Long Island hospitals.
post #5 of 18

vbac long island

I am in the same boat as your sister. I am trying for a vbac and have met with one midwife that I did not feel comfortable with , and so I met with a Dr. He seemed supportive, but my gut just tells me that he does not feel like it is something he will help me with. And I feel I need more support, not just a smile and a "sure", and then I am going to realize it too late that he will push me towards another section. I have played phone tag with Gaia midwives, but think I will make an apt with them. Please keep me informed on your sisters search, as I am desperate to find a supportive Dr. And not so sure I have found one yet. Good luck!!
Jen
post #6 of 18

vbac / long island

i'm looking for doulas/midwives/OBs for VBAC close to Port Washington, NY. delivered my first by C-section at North Shore hosp. He's now pressing me for a repeat c-section to be scheduled at 39 weeks (in 3 months). Am researching alternatives. Any suggestions?
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 

here is the info that was fowarded to me

Dr. Paul Byrne in Garden City- he delivers at Mercy and So. Nassau Comm. Hosp....
there's a Dr. Gomes who is good...
and there is a midwife in a practice with docs...they deliver at Winthrop...
midwife's name is Melanie Sumersille, delivers at Winthrop, very smart midwife.
the hosp. where Gaia midwives deliver has a private practice of the faculty attending who are vbac supportive - Nassau Univ. Medical Center.
Also
Christina M. Kocis, CNM,MS
Midwifery Director
Midwifery Division of the Ob/Gyn Department
SUNY @ Stony Brook
As far as doulas, I've heard really good things about Celeste Rachell CD(DONA)

Good Luck!!!
post #8 of 18
Mercy will not do a VBAC unless your CS was there.

Winthrop is effectively VBAC-ban (I think they had 1 in 2008, I can't find the stats any more).
post #9 of 18
Here's Winthrop's stats:
http://hospitals.nyhealth.gov/browse...page=maternity

If you click on "Hospita Profile" you can browse through all the hospitals. TO get maternity data, click on the "services" tab and then there's a link to "switch to maternity services". Unfortunately, these stats are for 2007 for many hospitals; some are 2008 data, though.

Choices in Childbirth used to have all the stats compiled in an easier to use format, but they've revamped their site and I can't find it now.

South Nassau did 4 VBACs in 2008. LIJ did 62 and NS Manhasset did 55, and they have the best (I speak in a strictly comparative way) stats in Nassau.
post #10 of 18

Great Neck ObGyn

do you know anyone who has experience with the Great Neck ObGyn team Rifkin/Sadaty/Roth/Kaufman?
post #11 of 18
I did. Pushed them to wait until 41 weeks with my second (I was considered high risk after my first baby). They were pretty medically minded, I wound up going into labor and delivering at St. Catherine's in Smithtown 10 minutes after I arrived. I never made it to delivery with Rifkin et al. They seemed supportive, but who knows what would have happened when push came to shove. My third was with Melanie Summersille...a midwife with mds in her office. She is amazing, compassionate and flexible. I don't know about their policy with VBAC's but she was amazing and her doctors (who I only met when he popped in once to introduce himself during an appt.) were very hands off. She has in fact delivered at least one baby in her exam room and offered to meet me wherever I was if the third came as fast as the second.
post #12 of 18

VBAC Friendly LI DOCs and Midwives

Dr Seth Plancher and he is also Doula friendly.
Paul Byrne at Winthrop

midwives
Melanie Summersille, Dale Cook
Jeanette Breen does homebirth

Feel free to PM me with questions about these professionals or if you cannot find further contact information.
post #13 of 18

A little off topic

I know this is a little off topic- but anyone have any recommendations for Midwives that are in the Cigna network? I'm 9 weeks and want to have a homebirth in Westbury, LI

A few names I found are:

Nancy Goley
Margaret Priola
Lind Jaworowski
Maryanne Laffin

It is hard to find real reviews though and I'd love to hear people's thoughts if they've worked with them previously.

Thanks!
post #14 of 18
If you're searching your insurance network, you're going to find mainly hospital midwives. There's not much choice for home on Long Island.

The two names I've seen for home birth on LI are Dale Cook (Gaia Midwifery) and Jeannette Breen. You can call them and see if they take Cigna.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by akbarnard View Post
I know this is a little off topic- but anyone have any recommendations for Midwives that are in the Cigna network? I'm 9 weeks and want to have a homebirth in Westbury, LI

A few names I found are:

Nancy Goley
Margaret Priola
Lind Jaworowski
Maryanne Laffin

It is hard to find real reviews though and I'd love to hear people's thoughts if they've worked with them previously.

Thanks!

I've heard that Linda Jaworoski is wonderful! You can try nyhomebirth.com. Maryanne Laffin no longer attends births, she only does prenatal care with the OB's in her practice. She told me that they are not very VBAC friendly.
post #16 of 18
I used Dale Cook of Gaia Midwifery for my third birth -- dh is an MD so wouldn't go for a homebirth, but we had a nice hospital waterbirth at Nassau University Hospital. I saw her (and her partner Susan) at their office in Malverne.

I had my second daughter at Winthrop. She was high risk (I had lost a twin mid-pregnancy and had some residual issues) and we used Winthrop Contemporary Care. I had a reasonably good experience with them (declined pain meds, etc.) but they are definitely medically-minded, and I know that Winthrop labor ward was totally freaked out by my non-medicated, 'earthy' style delivery (backwards on the bed, all fours). Plus the rooming in/nursing situation there required Constant. Supervision. to avoid bottles, pacifiers, etc. I wouldn't go back there if at all possible. Plenty of friends have delivered at LIJ/NS and report extremely medicalized experiences and pressures. Just FYI.
post #17 of 18
Thank you both so much! This is very helpful!
post #18 of 18
First of all, I admire your sister and wish her all the best! I highly recommend Dale Cook of Gaia Midwifery. I know several women who have used her and we all absolutely adore her! You cannot possibly find a better, more qualified professional to attend your birth!! I am doing a home birth with Dale next month. However, she does deliver in both Nassau Univ Med Ctr and Huntington Hospital. I would much prefer Nassau Univ Med Ctr, as their maternity rates are drastically better and they are much more midwife friendly and those in the maternity ward there have great reverence for Dale Cook. My friend is having a VBAC there with her as well. All of the midwives' patients get their own rooms and are treated exeptionally well. If I opted for a hospital birth, hands down, I would do it there. I would definitely avoid LIJ and Northshore at all costs. Even if you have a head on your shoulders and have every intention of going naturally, the atmosphere of these hospitals does NOT mitigate your chances of having a C-section. There is so much pressure from them during your most vulnerable time. I am sure your sister will do well and have great relief afterward with her approach. All of you ladies, be well and best of luck!
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