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post #1 of 10
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My insurance will not cover a birth center and midwife, but will cover my OB and hospital 100%.  $4000 says we're going to go for a natural birth in the hospital with my OB.  We're taking Bradley classes.  Thought about a doula, but I'm not a very outgoing person naturally, and am not so sure I'll feel comfortable with a doula... I think my labor will progress better with my dh as a coach, and my doctors I'm familiar with.

 

So I was wondering if anyone has done that at this hospital, to know what to expect and how to prepare to be sure I get what I want.  My OB practice is Piedmont OBGYN, and I love all the docs...but haven't spoken to them about my birth choice yet.  

 

Thanks!

 

post #2 of 10

St Francis is a bit more natural birth friendly, IMO.  Anything is do-able, though, if that is what your plan is.  Most OBs around here (including what I know about Piedmont) aren't used to seeing patients who want natural births.  My advice is to stay home as long as possible before heading to the hospital.  There are several great doulas in the area if you want to go that route. 

post #3 of 10

Piedmont can be a tricky group.  A few of the doctors are wonderful.  A few are not-so-great.  And with a large group it is a toss-up as to who you get in labor. 

 

GHS does have their new family-centered maternity care which is promising. 

 

Most of my doula clients do have natural births there.  But they are not the most comfortable births I've witnessed.  I have yet to have a client give birth in any position other than lying on her back or side in the bed. 

 

Since you're asking, I'll throw out that the most natural birth friendly hospital is Greer Memorial.  Deep labor tubs, telemetry units if you need continuous monitoring (they can be submerged underwater), LDRP rooms, and a super nursing team.  There is an amazing family practice physician who catches babies there--Keith Stafford (www.cfmofgreer.com).  With him, I've had clients deliver standing up, squatting in the bathroom floor, hands/knees, you name it.  Delayed cord clamping is a norm.  Immediate skin-to-skin is expected.  And there is no newborn nursery.

 

I've been a doula for five years and seen many doctors in action.  Stafford and Greer are my top picks.  And I won't do births at St. Francis anymore.  Not personally comfortable with how I've seen mamas and babies handled.

 

Wherever you birth, you can have a natural birth with good support and knowledge.  I agree that staying home as long as you're comfortable is a good plan.

 

My two cents!  Hope that helps!  Are you using Mary or Kristin for Bradley?  They are both so incredible!!

post #4 of 10

Carrie79

I am the Director of Nursing for the Women's Hospital at GHS and I completely endorse and support Piedmont OBGYN!  They are all excellent physicians and will be commited to helping you have the safest and most excellent birth experience.  All of our physicians and nurses attended evidenced based labor support training this summer and now all of our moms are offered these support techniques.  We have an excellent group of nurses that will help you have the experience you want and need.  Remember that at GHS we have every possible service you could need, just in case, including the most certified and excellent maternal fetal specialist physicains and the largest neonatal intensive care unit in the state.  Hopefully you will not need either of these services, but if you do it is right here for you.  In fact, everyone else who needs this ends up here anyway.  Piedmont OBGYN was the first group to put a birth plan on their web site, we here at the hospital followed shortly with the same one.  So we encourage you to do your plan and share it with your provider.  I will be more than happy to speak with you further and put you in touch with others as you need.  I can be reached at 864-455-7638.  Thanks

post #5 of 10

nak

 

stay away from st. francis. my friend is a post-partum nurse their and has told me some unsavory things about the treatment of their patients. AND, their c-section rate is about 50%.

post #6 of 10
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I'm going with Mary for Bradley.  I honestly didn't know there were other classes in the area, but I've heard good things.  

 

I loved my delivering doc from Piedmont last time.  I really love them in general, they've been so good to me with my miscarriages and everything else.  I hate leaving them.  I'm going to talk to them tomorrow and am really hoping to get a positive reception.

 

I hope the training the nurses went through this summer included support of natural childbirthing choices.  

post #7 of 10

Yes it did support natural childbirth.  They all went through day long classes of evidenced based labor support which taught them techniques for comfort, positioning, massage, etc that support natural childbirth.  Let me know if you have other questions.  Remember you can call me as well.  Thanks! 

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Mary is super!  And her students have great outcomes since they come away from the class feeling so equipped and knowledgeable.  Good luck with your talk with Piedmont.  I remember having "the talk" with my OB group in my first pregnancy. 

 

Your intuition will guide you.  Just listen closely to it.  stillheart.gif

 

There are always options and always choices. 
 

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I'm going with Mary for Bradley.  I honestly didn't know there were other classes in the area, but I've heard good things.  

  

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Mary Kury? She is great. I see her at LLL sometimes.
 

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I'm going with Mary for Bradley.  I honestly didn't know there were other classes in the area, but I've heard good things.  

 

I loved my delivering doc from Piedmont last time.  I really love them in general, they've been so good to me with my miscarriages and everything else.  I hate leaving them.  I'm going to talk to them tomorrow and am really hoping to get a positive reception.

 

I hope the training the nurses went through this summer included support of natural childbirthing choices.  

post #10 of 10

I just posted basically this same thread, and then I started browsing through the old ones! 

Have you had your baby yet? I am just wondering about your experience! I am due in August, and hoping for a natural birth at GHS as well.

(I am also signed up to take Mary's class starting in two weeks!)

 

I appreciated all of the comments here!

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