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Water birth in the Philadelphia area?

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Thread Starter 

I live in Haverford township, in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.  Am I right in saying that there is no water birth option in this area, other than renting the tub and having it at home?  To the best of my knowledge, the only non-hospital birth setting available around here is the Birth Center in Bryn Mawr, where I'll probably go if I don't find a water birth venue.

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Home, or the Wilmington Birth Center.  Last time I was there, Bryn Mawr allowed you to labor in water but not birth in water, but that may have changed.
 

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I live in Haverford township, in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.  Am I right in saying that there is no water birth option in this area, other than renting the tub and having it at home?  To the best of my knowledge, the only non-hospital birth setting available around here is the Birth Center in Bryn Mawr, where I'll probably go if I don't find a water birth venue.



 

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Thread Starter 

Yes, that was the case the last time I checked, too.  I am probably going there, but have become intrigued by the full water birth idea.  Thanks for mentioning Wilmington.  It would be funny to have the baby born in Delaware when we live in PA, but I suppose it really isn't that far.

 

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 Doylestown hospital has tubs for laboring, but I'm not sure about birthing. Valley Birthplace's website indicates they allow birthing in their tubs, their website is http://www.valleybirthplace.com/

 

 

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Thanks, KM84!  I'll check it out.  I've just about settled on the Birth Center in Bryn Mawr at this point.

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Home, Valley Birthplace, or The Birth Center in Wilmington. I've had a few clients end up going to the latter despite being much closer to Bryn Mawr (by choice or because the BMBC gets full pretty immediately), and they've all had lovely waterbirths and very happy with the care there. It is much smaller and some feel a more personal feel than BM. And I've had a friend birth at Valley BP and love it, too. The homebirth midwives in the area are all wonderful and all offer waterbirth as an option...

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I always forget about Valley Birthplace - I've only attended homebirths with the midwives there and forget that they have the birth center!  They are wonderful too  :)

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I had a bad experience at Bryn Mawr. The Tuesday midwife is awful. PM me if you want to hear more about it. They have a good reputation (they used to be great) but my experience there was really really bad. I cannot recommend them to anyone. They transfer 30%, their c-sec rate is 12%, both I think way too high.

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Hello there. Good luck with your pregnancy. I also know the Birth Care at Bart/ Christiana, PA. I am not sure if this is too far from you. You can check out their website at birthcaremidwives. com... or search birthcare, Midwifery Birth Center & Women's Health near Lancaster, PA. Good luck!

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Thread Starter 

Thanks, Sharmin!  Yes, these options are a little far, but I appreciate your taking the time to add to the discussion.  I am less focused on a water birth than I was when I posted this.  Just trying to avoid perineal damage, undue stress, and unnecessary hospital transfers at the moment.

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yeah i had an awful experience  at the brynmawr birth center...i gave birth there 14 years ago it was perfect and awesome... i went again there for my second and they broke my heart....snif sniff... they have become extremely conservative and medical in thier practice.. reading this i feel better i thought it was just me...sigh.

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I know this is an older thread. I gave birth with my son two years ago as a patient of Bryn Mawr Birth Center. I went there seeking a more flexible birth plan. Its the opposite of what I got. Im sadly disappointed (two years later still)-I ended up with Pitocin and the "threat of a c-section" if I didnt "agree to the epidural". The worst part is I am a L&D/Maternity nurse and saw this snowballing badly. They transferred me and then I ended up confined to a bed. Ugh. I want so badly to try for a second but scared because I really want a natural birth the next time around (safely). Just thought Id share I think they are more conservative than what looks show.

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