Recent experiences with Best Start Birth Center in San Diego?
Hey Katroshka! Mazel tov on your pregnancy! I have a good friend who delivered at BSBC and know another woman who did as well in 2008. They had no complaints about it and had great experiences. You should go and check it out. Interview the midwives and see what you think. There's also Birth Roots in Chula Vista. I wasn't eligable to deliver at their birth center because I was having a VBAC but did use the midwives for our homebirth. I can't recommend them enough! I loooooved my midwives and their apprentices.
Did you know that there's an FB group for our DDC? Come join and tell everyone your good news! Congrats again!
I think a few years ago I would have loved to go there, but I'm not comfortable with the new management. I also heard that several of the midwives that were there most recently are now working at UCSD, hence the all new midwives there now. It's pretty disappointing, I would love to get care/ deliver somewhere a little more personal than UCSD.
Birth Roots sounds nice but is way too far for me, and I can't afford a homebirth.
I will check out the facebook page!
As far as hospital birth centers go, UCSD is supposed to be great. Many friends of mine have delivered there and were very happy with their care and experience. I've actually been going there for GYN stuff. We paid for our homebirth out of pocket (Birth Roots are the only homebirth midwives that work on a sliding scale. We NEVER would have been able to afford it otherwise), and I have to start using my insurance now. I see Jasmine and I really like her a lot. I'm so excited for you! PS-I invited you to my clothing and gear swap :)
As far as homebirths, I used to really want to have one but my house is so crazy with our 3 dogs and 2 cats in a small space that now I feel like it wouldn't be so great for us. One of my dogs just barks and barks when she is excited and I think I would go crazy about it in labor!
I saw the invite, thanks! I don't know if I'll be able to go or not but we'll see. The only thing I would have to swap is a hand me down pack n play I've never even opened, though!
I had both of my babies at Best Start and am sad to hear about the new management. Hope they don't lose their touch over there!
Tamera--I read on the Birth Roots site that students participate in all appointments and births and 2-3 are present at a time. How did that work for you? Just curious, as I'm starting to look for care.:)
UCSD definitely has it's own problems and I've been kind of disappointed in my options here.