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VBAC in RI - Switching OB at 32 weeks?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Here I am at 32 weeks considering switching to another OB or a midwife. LOVE LOVE LOVE my OB. I don't feel like I'm going to get the support I need for a VBAC when the time comes. At my last appointment I asked if he were not the one delivering, would the back-up support my desire for an unmedicated VBAC, or would/could they insist on surgery. Apparently, they could possibly say no to doing a VBAC and can insist on surgery. Also, I was told if there is any little "blip" in the monitoring they will rush me off to the OR. I need to feel like my doctor is behind me 100% and not like they are waiting for something to go wrong.

My questions...
1) Any recommendations for VBAC supportive practitioners?

2) How do you handle switching from a doctor who you truly adore?
post #2 of 12

VBAC friendly Provider in RI

We LOVED the midwives at OB-GYN Associates and they are very pro-VBAC. My husband and I were incredibly impressed with them. We loved all the midwives there, but Lucie Bautista was our favorite. Because we ended up needing an emergency C-section, we also got to know several of the doctors in the practice and liked them as well. The physicians and the midwives at OB-GYN Associates deliver at Women and Infants Hospital. OB-GYN Associates' website is obgynassociates.org

If I were in your position, I would call OB-GYN Associates and ask if it is possible to switch to their practice at 32 weeks, and then I'd go from there. I've heard that you are much more likely to get a natural VBAC if you have a midwife rather than an OB. (If anything does happen, though, the midwife would call in a doctor.)

Trust your gut. It's much better to take the time, and feel a bit of discomfort switching providers now, rather that ignoring that little voice inside you and regretting your decision later. Good luck.
post #3 of 12
Also Women's Care is a great practice w midwives and OBs, very supportive of VBACs. My friend switched late. Try midwife Linda Nanni.

I HEARTILY second advocating for yourself in switching docs and not feeling bad -- your own experience comes first, far and away, over potentially hurting your Drs feelings. This is their job - they are used to it happening all the time, no big deal.
post #4 of 12
I second Women's Care because you will get a midwife at delivery. Linda Nanni or Fiona Clement I've seen mentioned here often.
post #5 of 12
I would STRONGLY suggest you contact Susanna Magee at Memorial. She is 100% supportive of VBAC, as is her partner John Morton. Their success rate for VBAC is stellar. Her contact info is:

Family Care Center, 111 Brewster St.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
401.729.2206
Susanna_Magee@mhri.org
www.brownfamilymedicine.org

I am a doula and serve on the board for the RI Birth Network, send me a PM and you can mention my name if you do call her.

I also want to mention that Memorial is the ONLY hospital in RI endorsed by the RI Birth Network as "Mother Friendly."

You CAN do this with the right support. Good for you for listening to your gut and seeking out a supportive care provider. Let me know if you have any questions!
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your suggestions! I'm meeting with Mary Mumford Haley, Dr. Magee, and Dr. Morton next week. I feel like things are heading in the right direction.
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Edited by Sage Green - 12/12/11 at 4:46pm
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Originally Posted by SingingMama77 View Post
Thanks for your suggestions! I'm meeting with Mary Mumford Haley, Dr. Magee, and Dr. Morton next week. I feel like things are heading in the right direction.
FYI: Memorial also has a volunteer doula program- so when you meet with your provider at your prenatal appointment, let them know you'd like to use the volunteer doula service, and when you go into labor, ask them to contact one of the doulas for you-- depending on their availability, you may be able to get a doula, free of charge. PM me if you have any questions about the program, I'll be happy to provide more info.
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Here I am at 32 weeks considering switching to another OB or a midwife. LOVE LOVE LOVE my OB. I don't feel like I'm going to get the support I need for a VBAC when the time comes. At my last appointment I asked if he were not the one delivering, would the back-up support my desire for an unmedicated VBAC, or would/could they insist on surgery. Apparently, they could possibly say no to doing a VBAC and can insist on surgery. Also, I was told if there is any little "blip" in the monitoring they will rush me off to the OR. I need to feel like my doctor is behind me 100% and not like they are waiting for something to go wrong.

My questions...
1) Any recommendations for VBAC supportive practitioners?

2) How do you handle switching from a doctor who you truly adore?

Two suggestions, if you do not feel completely comfortable with this provider and the chance of their back up providers not supporting your plan, switch... Any hint of an issue, may lead to more problems...

Second, NO, they cannot FORCED you into surgery. If you do not give consent, there is nothing they can do. It is against the law for them to force you into anything...
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 

We did it! :)

I just wanted to update that we did have a successful VBAC at Memorial with the wonderful team of Mary Mumford Haley, Dr. Morton, our doula-Esther Trneny, and the nursing staff. I am so grateful to them for their support and their confidence. It was an amazing experience.
post #11 of 12
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I just wanted to update that we did have a successful VBAC at Memorial with the wonderful team of Mary Mumford Haley, Dr. Morton, our doula-Esther Trneny, and the nursing staff. I am so grateful to them for their support and their confidence. It was an amazing experience.
YAY!! Congratulations! I had my VBAC there in March, and the nursing & medical staff there were just amazing. So happy for you!!
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