Thanks so much! I really liked Full Circle. I liked their approach. It is very middle of the road. They say they make every attempt at a natural holistic birth first. The practice is pretty cool too. Full body approach.
What didn't I like about Phelps? hmm... I know this may sound silly, but I didn't like the drive in. There were almost NO cars there. Deserted hospital is a little creepy. The maternity floor was very small, 2 wings. I actually liked that. There was 1 nurse, and 1 midwife in the LDR. I'm not sure what I think about that. I guess I expected it to be bustling. There were no laboring women. Granted it was 10am on Sunday morning. The maternity wing, on the other hand, was packed. I couldn't see a room. Just one in construction. It was very low-key, which was nice. But, I guess made me a bit worried about security. The baby HAS to go to the nursery for testing, rather than at bedside, and dad/partner is only allowed to go if no medical testing is being done on other babies in the nursery. I really didn't want to be separated. I guess I probably WILL need to shower, but I wanted my husband to go with our baby. He did that last time. The nurse showing me the tour said at one point, in response to how many people can be in here with me, "as many as you want, as long as they're not taking advantage of the staff. We're here for you, not them. If we feel like they are, we'll start to not be so nice to them...or you." I said, "well, it wouldn't be my fault, I'd hope you'd be nice to me." She said, "well, yes, but we'd expect you to ask them to leave." So, it was a little awkward. I can't think of anything I'd want to do less during labor than confronting a family member. I guess this is partly why people have home births!! Since I'm VBAC, I just didn't feel 100% comfortable with a home birth. Anyhow, nothing was completely stand out. I just wasn't wowed. Maybe I'm asking for too much. It was very friendly looking, if you can imagine that in a hospital! The nurses were all pretty nice. I didn't leave feeling like, absolutely THAT is it!! I want to feel that way. Maybe it's not possible?
What didn't you like about Good Sam? I was thinking of checking out that hospital. I've heard of Anne Margolis. I didn't realize she was home birth only? I was also trying to look at Holy Name, but got no leads other than Anne for Midwives. I guess Midwives do not go there much? Have you heard of Olive Crone? My Doula recommended her. She births at Good Sam.
What didn't you like about Tallman midwifery?
I'm flexible to going into NYC, Rockland county, Westchester co, or northern Jersey. You think I should post this on the tribal page? To be honest, I didn't really know what that was
Thanks for the info on Hudson Valley. I'll check them out.