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Dr. Winsome Parchment in Maplewood, NJ

post #1 of 12
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Anyone had any experience with Dr. Parchment? I am hoping to VBAC with my second and am looking for a provider. With my first I used a group of 7 docs and was not too happy with the impersonal nature. I have tried Avalon Midwives but am on the fence about them. Any opinions/experiences with Dr. Parchment?? Any info would be appreciated.

Any other ob/midwives reccs for Overlook Hosp?
post #2 of 12

I heard a lot of good things about her!!

Hi,

I just had my HBAC 3 months ago(I'm also in NJ). Wanted to use Dr Parchment but decided to do HB. I heard all good things about her. Personaly know few people who had positive VBAC with her. Among so many doctors around I think she is the most "open" to VBAC idea. So go for her with no wories!!
post #3 of 12
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HBAC in NJ?

Hi there, thank you for responding to my post. I am glad to hear good things about Dr. Parchment as it makes me feel more confident if I choose to stay with her. But now I am more interested in how you had a HBAC in NJ. I had looked into that and was told most midwives will not do them in NJ. I would love to hear more about your experience.
post #4 of 12
hi there -

I also had an HBAC in NJ. You are right, midwives are not allowed to attend HBACs. So, you have to find those who are willing to attend one despite the legislative restriction.

Talk to people who have had HBACs to find recommendations. I found someone in NYC who had an HBAC (where it is legal and midwives can attend) and got recommendations until I found someone who would attend me.

The HBAC was the most amazing experience of my life. The birth was everything I had hoped it would be (and more). Plus, there was something amazing about being in our own bed, fed with our own food, just 3 hours after giving birth. Just amazing.
post #5 of 12
I just attended a vbac discussion panel through the Bergen County holistic moms. Dr. Parchment was there. She mentioned that she had 3 natural births herself and even switched hospitals to ensure a better birthing experience. She was very upfront about the risks of repeat c-section and didn't try to sound like vbacs were terribly dangerous. She even went as far as saying that she did her residency in the 90s when vbacs were pretty common. Now, young OBs are taught to respond to everthing with a c-section and aren't trained to believe in VBAC. From that perspective, I thought she was good and open to VBAC. I think she does still monitor patients so I wouldn't count on an intervention-free birth but she is probably the best shot for vbac with a doctor in Northern NJ. The fact that she would attend a panel like this speaks volumes. I would not mention any interest in HBAC to her. We did bring up the laws regarding HBAC and I could see the color draining from her face. She did end with a plea to everyone who is considering VBAC that they do so in a hospital.

If you are not far from NY, you might consider homebirth midwives there. I don't know what NJ can do if a midwife is license in NY or another state. Another option is a traveling midwife. I thought a traveling midwife would be terribly cost-prohibitive but NOT compared to the normal costs of homebirth in this area. By the time you pay a traveling midwife (whose rates are less expensive) and then pay for her air fair, lodging, etc... it's probably about even. Many traveling midwives will bill to insurance too which may further reduce your costs.

I traveled an hour south of me for a vbac. It really was an amazing experience so keep looking until you find someone you are totally comfortable with!!
post #6 of 12

Yes HBAC is posible in NJ

Let me say this. If you are 100% sure you want Home birth there is always a way!! I found midwife that I can recomend but please write personal mess if you want her name
post #7 of 12
I can highly recommend Dr. Parchment. I just gave birth a few days ago in Overlook Hospital.

it was my second child, both all natural - so no experience regarding VBAC.
post #8 of 12
I don't live in your state but "Dr. Winsome Parchment" has got to be the best name I've ever heard!
post #9 of 12

Hi everyone..also trying Dr Parchment

Hey everyone I new to this website but have been reading the forums for a while back.....I am also gonna try Dr Parchment in Maplewood..I heard many good things through here about her and since I have medicaid hmo n she accepts well basically the only one I guess i have no choice..shes also quite far so its a travel to go to her...I even had to switch bc she didn't even take horzion only americhoice so..yes ..This is also my second child trying vbac due in dec..one year and 2 days after my first one..so i'm hoping for the best...: anywho i wish you luck if you do choose her...and have a happy safe delivery.....: going your way....:
post #10 of 12
My co-worker delivered with her last year, positive and supportive natural birth experience. Not a VBAC. But I think it sounds like she's a good bet if you decide the hospital is your choice.
post #11 of 12
Ladies, I am moving this to the NJ tribal area, where it will get more views by women in your area who may know more about what's what with area docs.
post #12 of 12
Hi I have no idea how to pm you here but would love some leads on midwives for an hbac!
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Let me say this. If you are 100% sure you want Home birth there is always a way!! I found midwife that I can recomend but please write personal mess if you want her name
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