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Boojum OB office

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Does anyone have experience with them? I had my first son at Bethany Birth Center, but now that they are closed I'm freaking out with my birth options for our #2. I'm not totally sold on a homebirth since we are in Queen Creek and 30 min from the nearest hospital. Boojum has 2 midwives that deliver at Mercy Gilbert or Chandler Regional and they will get you a tub for water labor, but not water birth. Any BTDT moms info would be great!!
post #2 of 12
Hi There,

Actually I just heard that one of their midwives quit suddenly. Leading a friend of mine to opt for a home birth for their 2nd child. I have heard good things about the midwives there, you just have to be prepared to have a male OB deliver you if for some reason the one midwife there is not available.
post #3 of 12

Love them!

I have three boys and the first two were born by c-section. When I became pregnant with number three I made the choice to have a vbac. I didn't see a doctor until I was 6 months pregnant because NO ONE would take me as a patient (since I wanted to vbac after to c-sections). And then I found Boojum and Dr. David Kells.... I can't say enough nice things about him and his staff. He was the ONLY doctor that took me as a patient and said that he beileves in a woman's right to chose how she wants to give birth. He also had two other moms that were vbacing after two c-sections and several 1 c-section vbacers...

He took me in his office and explained the risks, he explained what will happen when I get to the hospital and explained warning signs.

I was not big on having a male doctor deliver my baby but Dr. Kells is so awesome. He is funny, cute, respectful, truly caring etc etc etc...

Everytime I think of him I want to cry because he is that awesome! I have never received this type of loving care from a doctor.

About the midwives... Not sure why Janice left but the other midwife is sooo cool too! My sister found out she was pregnant two weeks ago and I MADE her dump her OB and go with the Boojum midwife. She is so happy she did.

In the end I did not have a vbac. Something went wrong at 37 weeks and Dr. Kells was so concerned that he scheduled a c-section the same day I went into the office. He was nice and caring about it and he was right. If my son was not delivered by c-section that day he might not be here right now.

480-855-5900 Dr. Kells!
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Wow I had no idea Janice left. I was on the website on Friday and she was still there. She is who I have my first appoitment with next week and NO ONE called me to tell me she no longer worked there. That is the midwife I picked out as my primary because of good reviews I had read abotu her elsewhere on the internet. Now I'm steemed!! This was the drama I started to go through with the birth center right before my son was boarn, midwives leaving, appoitments getting cancelled and switched to others without my knowledge.... grr.... not sure what to do now. I really don't want an OB.
post #5 of 12
I like their practice. I know someone that met with Dr. Kells this week to discuss a vaginal breech birth. He accepted her to discuss a trial of labor which was hard to find with anyone else. I was a doula for one of the patients and she had to bring in their own tub. They do not provide it. I think they give you a resource to rent from if needed. I know where Janice is practicing now so PM me if you need more info.
post #6 of 12
Have you had an luck finding anyone? Are you still looking? I can try to ask around.
post #7 of 12
Came across this and had to bump. I go to boojum and see Dr. Kells. We lived in Flagstaff prior to moving back here and I was devastated that when we chose to have another child that I would not be able to even consider a vbac. I'm 3 months pregnant now and Dr. Kells totally supports a vbac. And I heard the ladies talking about Jacice today, so I think she's still there.
post #8 of 12
I went with Janice from Boojum for my DD, who is now 9 months old. She was my first... Although I really liked Janice, and Ramona, and Dr. Kells personality wise... I would never go with them again. I never had a single complication, and had plans for a natural birth, but, Dr. Kells decided that my DD was "too big" and pushed SO hard for a c/s. I fought it and fought it, hired a doula to ensure things didnt go that way... and it did.

Ultimately they are going to go the way of the c/s if there are any inclinations it might be easier.

I have heard aroufn 5-6 stories similar to mine... from young, perfectly healthy, 20 somethings... be warned

So dissapointing, as I was so excited to have a midwife... but, really it wasn't any different from the OB office I transfered from.

There is a 'birth circle' in mesa - I can get the details if you are interested. Super cool group of pregnant moms and birthing professionals.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by ~Caitlyn~ View Post
I went with Janice from Boojum for my DD, who is now 9 months old. She was my first... Although I really liked Janice, and Ramona, and Dr. Kells personality wise... I would never go with them again. I never had a single complication, and had plans for a natural birth, but, Dr. Kells decided that my DD was "too big" and pushed SO hard for a c/s. I fought it and fought it, hired a doula to ensure things didnt go that way... and it did.

Ultimately they are going to go the way of the c/s if there are any inclinations it might be easier.

I have heard aroufn 5-6 stories similar to mine... from young, perfectly healthy, 20 somethings... be warned

So dissapointing, as I was so excited to have a midwife... but, really it wasn't any different from the OB office I transfered from.

There is a 'birth circle' in mesa - I can get the details if you are interested. Super cool group of pregnant moms and birthing professionals.
That is what I fear, them opting for a c/s at the first sign that things aren't going their way. I would love the information on the birth circle. I have zero support for a vbac right now and my family is all pushing for me to opt for a c/s this time to avoid another emotional breakdown like I had when I was told I had to have a c/s which I was not emotionally prepared for last time around.
post #10 of 12
Whoami, You need a good support team and finding a care provider is a great step. I also think you should have a doula there to support you. If you are interested in this I can give you a list of some great women in the valley. Would your family be open to hearing about statistics on the safety of VBAC vs. C-section? You may be able to use the coming months to educate them. Dr. Chavira is VBAC friendly and not far from the East Valley. Blossom Birth Center just opened and is a nice compromise between home and hospital.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Phoeni...40255452660976
post #11 of 12
Yes we would all be open to hearing statistics on the safety of VCBAS vs Csection. Blossom sounds lovely. Just don't think my insurance would cover it and so cost will be a factor .
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the great advice. I didn't realize this thread was still active. I actually miscarried in April and am back to TTC. Ramona was very helpful through all that. The MC happened a week before my 1st appointment with her (major screw ups at first appointment and it ended up with Dr. Kells and I was totally against seeing a male doc for all those first appointment tests) Anyways... Ramona was great on the phone, had nothing against me MCing at home and just followed up with her in the office the next day.

I will say though, that my DH was rubbed the wrong was at the office. When I went in for that first appointment, other women were also showing up to see Janice and were never told she was no longer there (I am very happy you gals warned me!) Well one very preggo lady threw somewhat of a fit (rightfully so, I believe) and after she left, the front desk staff loudly talked about her and her history of "drama" So, my DH doesn't really want me to go back... so really who knows what I'll do.

On the upside though, now that my due date won't be till next summer at the earliest, I can feel more comfortable with a homebirth. A new Banner hospital is opening a few miles up the road this November, while before the closest hospital was over 30 minutes away by car. That is what was really holding me back from a hombirth.

But for now I just have to keep TTC.

Also, thank you so much for the link to the new birth center, definetly something else to keep in mind.
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