She also asked specifically if I'd heard anything about Stoneridge and/or Dr. Katherine Strafford there.
I haven't, but have any of you ladies?? And looks like they deliver at OSU (any thoughts about that)??
Don't know about Stoneridge but I am currently seeing Dr. Kathryn Pool at Drs. Artman, Turner, and Pool in Hilliard. They deliver at OSU and allow doulas. Dr. Pool also told me I can basically labor however I want, but requires and IV, which I'm not wild about. I also talked in person to someone who had a natural birth at OSU and she said it was just fine--peaceful, didn't have interventions pushed on her, good experience. The hospital has a high C-section rate (30%) but it's not clear to me how much of this is because it is the regional high-risk center. Dr. Pool's rate is 10%.
It's not Stoneridge, but I had a great birthing experience with Dr. Alan Murnane at Westar OB/Gyn. He was more "midwifey" than the midwives I used to see at Professionals for Womens Health! Anyway, he's very pro-vaginal birth and says he believes in a hands-off approach unless something actually happens in labor that causes him to truly need to intervene. I believe his cesarean rate is in the single digits. He was great for my VBAC, no scare tactics, no due date pressure, lots of encouragement, etc. He also took a lot of time to talk to me at my appointments and was evidence-based (could talk about recent papers that had to do with VBACs and such). He only delivers at St. Ann's. I did have a doula and went unmedicated.
As for OSU, I had my first son there, and it wasn't bad. I did end up getting an epidural there after maybe 15 hours of labor, but no one bugged me or offered me drugs. It was just me freaking out as a FTM. They had showers and birthing balls. They used to have telemetry units for fetal monitoring, but I've heard that's no longer the case.