This is my first post here! My husband and I just relocated from Los Angeles where we had a WONDERFUL, kind, intelligent, NCB-friendly OB... total jackpot of a doctor in every respect. This is our first baby and we're hoping for a med-free hospital birth.
As soon as we got to Tucson (3 weeks ago), we had our first appointment at El Rio. I was really disappointed with the experience. The office was incredibly disorganized with my file, misplacing things and miscommunicating about three times during the appointment. It just did not inspire confidence. The midwife, assistants, and front desk did not seem to have a good communication pipeline going and the midwife had to leave the room multiple times to clear things up with my paperwork (all we were doing was giving them a copy of my files from my previous doc). In addition I found the people to be less than warm in general, the wait was horrendous, and everyone seemed flustered.
A few minutes ago I gave them a call because of an itchy/blotchy rash that's been bugging me on one side of my belly (PEP? Irritation from stretching?) and the receptionist voluntarily put me through to speak with a midwife. The midwife I talked to sounded very busy and borderline annoyed at having to take my call. Again, just not a good experience. They are fitting me in tomorrow to check out the rash, which I appreciate, but I just can't get over the feeling that something is amiss at this practice, despite all the good reviews I've read.
I'm just wondering if anyone can recommend another care provider in Tucson (preferably one who delivers at TMC) who is a little better organized, with a better bedside manner. I am comfortable with an OB as long as the OB has a good attitude about natural birth and will allow me to move around during labor, avoid continuous monitoring, etc.
ANY feedback would be greatly appreciated as I'm getting nervous being this far along and not feeling settled with a care provider.