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hello mommies!!

i am new to this board...happened to stumble upon it one day and found some wonderful information and thought i would join since i am planning on having a baby in the near future--God willing

I would like to get some advice from mom's who have delivered their babies in the Atlanta, Georgia area. I would like to get some honest feedback about the physicians and hospitals you've been to. I am looking for a good OB/GYN...one who is friendly and caring, not cold and impersonal...i would also like him/her to listen to what i have to offer and be able to take into consideration holistic/natural/alternative therapies. I am actually interested in water birthing and if anyone has any experience with that, I would love to hear about it....which hospitals or birth centers in Atlanta allow water birthing...which doctor's will go for it? is it worth it to have a nurse midwife and/or doula...any suggestions as to who?

sorry for so many questions but i am very new to this and i've got a long journey ahead of me and it's relieving to know that all of you are out there willing to help!!

i thank you all in advance for your advice!!

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Hi, welcome! I am fairly new to the mothering community as well- I am expecting my first baby around March 24, 2005. I have found so much information on this website and forums and I know you will too.
I actually am doing Waterbirth. The only hospital I know of that does waterbirth is North Fulton Regional (in Alpharetta/ Roswell). As far as I know- no OB/GYN's do waterbirths- only 2 midwives- Margaret Strickhouser and Anne Vierla- Margaret is my midwife. They are part of North Pointe OB?GYN group- they have a website with all their info on their website or in the phone book- I don't know their website address- I found it on Google search (North Pointe OB/GYN Atlanta, GA)

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Hi! I used to live in Gwinnett and I went to a Dr. Her name is Jacqueline Walters in Duluth. She was super sweet and knew what she was doing. Now keep in mind this was 4.5 years ago, so I'm not sure that she is still practising! I would imagine so as she was fairly young. We birthed at Northside.

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Hi, welcome! I am fairly new to the mothering community as well- I am expecting my first baby around March 24, 2005. I have found so much information on this website and forums and I know you will too.
I actually am doing Waterbirth. The only hospital I know of that does waterbirth is North Fulton Regional (in Alpharetta/ Roswell). As far as I know- no OB/GYN's do waterbirths- only 2 midwives- Margaret Strickhouser and Anne Vierla- Margaret is my midwife. They are part of North Pointe OB?GYN group- they have a website with all their info on their website or in the phone book- I don't know their website address- I found it on Google search (North Pointe OB/GYN Atlanta, GA)

Hope that helps! Good luck!
Jen
My first one was delivered by Margaret! She was also VERY nice and 8 years ago was delivering at North Fulton! She is located on Alpharetta Hwy, or was, rt next to the hospital! She showed up wearing Halloween sox as I went into labour on Halloween. Luckily he held on til the first! WOOHOO!

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Here's a recommendation for a great OB/GYN in Atlanta...one who is friendly and caring, not cold and impersonal. My OB is Dr. Mike Randell. He is in solo practice and can give you individual attention. His patients think the world of him. Check out his website at www.obgynatlanta.com.
I suggest delivering at Northside Hospital. It is the best hospital to deliver in Atlanta. I had two babies there. My sisters used other hospitlas and they didn't have the same experience that I did. I'm pregnant again and will be delivering at Northside.

Best of luck,
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Hi! I used to live in Gwinnett and I went to a Dr. Her name is Jacqueline Walters in Duluth. She was super sweet and knew what she was doing. Now keep in mind this was 4.5 years ago, so I'm not sure that she is still practising! I would imagine so as she was fairly young. We birthed at Northside.
DO NOT go to Dr. Walters.. no, no, no, no, no!

Want to know why?
She was my doctor with Lindsey. First apt, her nurses argued with me and told me it was impossible to get pregnant without having had a period first, and therefore I must be 5 months farther than I was (despite having had 2 ultrasound datings by that point *sigh*)... they neglected to tell me, despite my having asked at 5-6 different points (INCLUDING when I was in labor, and on my way to the hospital) that I was GBS positive.. 11 hours after I got to the hospital, it was a "oh, by the way" type thing. My daughter was born infected and we could easily have lost her. She sent me to the hospital when I was 3 cm dialated, despite a normal pregnancy, because "my water might break and there might be complications". I wanted to be able to get into the shower/tub and walk around at the hospital - but on *her orders* I spent all but 45 minutes of the 12 hours prior to my daughters birth on monitors, in bed, in the same position. On her orders, they broke my water and started pitocin within a 5 minute period, and when my little girl showed signs of distress, they waited *3 hours* before deciding to do a c-section. I truly feel that i could have, and should have had a vaginal birth, but that the decisions that were made by my doctor prevented it. As they were prepping me for surgery, she looked over my birth plan again and laughed at the fact that the ONLY thing I got to do off my birth plan was be a part of the decision to have a c-section. She sent me to the hospital at 11 am, came once to check on me at 7 pm and then came back to do the c-section just after midnight, while making some comment about how we just needed to do it because she needed to get some sleep. I've since been told that she brags that her babies are delivered on HER time (Mon-Friday 8-5).. and they have other doctors, that are not involved in the practice and whom you never meet, deliver the babies on weekends. They *repeatedly* lost my apts, and would tell me i must have imagined setting up an apt for that time/date until I presented them with the apt card as proof.

My neighbor went to her as well, and was told she had to wait to push until the doctor showed up. 90 minutes later, Dr. Walters showed up, labor had stalled out and she had to be given pitocin to get things restarted.

A woman around the corner also went to her, and was harassed both at the office and over the phone about how she was making a serious mistake in not being induced ON her due date, and how they would not allow her to go more than a week overdue.

DO NOT go to her! She's very nice.. I will say that.. but I would never go to her again.

and as for northside.. i will never go there again. Look at their c-section rates for starters... and the nurses gave me hassles about breastfeeding. Lindsey lost 10% of her weight, which is normal, they told me I needed to at least suppliment with formula if not put her on formula completely (and this while there were huge signs posted saying it was National Breastfeeding week, support breastfeeding).. they'd take her to do her vitals, I'd tell them she should be getting hungry, they'd come down and ask if they couldn't just give her a bottle rather than bring her back (ummm... you walked down here to ask, why couldn't you have pushed her?).. in the transitional care nursery, they gave her a bottle, against our wishes ("to see if she'd eat") and drew the curtains around her, not allowing Eric to see what was going on. They took her once to do her vitals, I dozed off.. woke up 3 hours later and she wasn't there.. I went down and asked and was told that she'd fallen asleep and they didn't feel like "waking her to bring her back" (whatever the heck that meant). They told me they werent going to allow me to take her home since she was gbs positive and jaundiced.. and the nurses were PISSED when I demanded to see a neonatalogist (who agreed with me that there was no reason I shouldn't take her home OR that I would need to suppliment with formula). The final part.. we had to have the home health nurses come out twice a day to give her antibiotics.. they gave her the am shot, told us that there was no nurses available to have the PM shot done at home, so they couldn't discharge us.. we sat there 12 hours, until they gave her the shot (so they could charge our insurance extra, I think) and were told to expect someone to come to our house at 8 am.. and were told it was life threatening and she HAD to have the injections at 12 hour intervals. No one from northside called to get it set up.. we had to do that ourselves, at noon the next day when we called the company to see why no one had come. AND, we found out that there were 3 nurses within a 5 mile radius of our house that would have all been more than willing to come give her the injections, but they weren't even ASKED if they could do the shots that day.
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I delivered at Northside 04/04 and would recommend the midwives at Northside Womens Specialists. There are 5 and they have one side of the office and the MDs have the other. They were warm and took the time I needed. Also, never waited more than 15 minutes.

I delivered at Northside and am so sorry some of you had such horrible experiences there. From my experience, I felt very safe there and I felt that my needs were me in L&D. The nurses were excellent in my case. The Midwife team I had supported my decisions and kept me informed.

I will agree that you have to be very careful in recovery. They were PRO FORMULA. I actually threw a nurse out of my recovery room on night 2 as she was explaining to my sleep deprived husband at 3 am that the only way the baby would sleep was if she got some formula because her tummy was empty. I lost it and promptly got rid of her and nursed my little one to sleep. They just don't get it. However, they have a wonderful lactation department (but it takes 24 hours to get a consult!). If you deliver there, make a sign for your baby's bassinet (Breast only please!) and do not let them out of your or your partners sight. Also, leave as soon as you can!

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i delivered my baby in may with margaret strickhouser
north pointe ob/gyn association llc

i was doing a waterbirth at the hospital..nice tub..
i only stayed at the hospital for 24hours after birth..took forever to "check out" (i think 5 hours from the time i told the nurses i was ready to go home).

my insurance covered it all. they bill under the main drs to not get flak from the insurance companies.

i had been with two other midwives during this pregnancy
one in oregon and one in arizona. ended up finally in roswell georgia. really felt comfortable with margaret and anne

this was my first....i would recomend looking into birthing positions..i didnt take any clases and did alot of self education....especially for waterbirth and if this is your first.

all things considered it was wonderful to be in the water..my labor progressed very quick..i gave birth 1 hour after my water broke...no drugs.

margaret and anne are very experienced and extremely comfortable with water birthing.

the hospital experience...the one meal they sent me was terrible...had my sister get me something from the store...it was annoying to have some coming by every 1 to make the rounds for one thing or the other. i was annoyed about them cleaning off the meconium off her skin before rubbing it in...natural form of protection.

leave as soon as you can after birth.
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My DD was born in Atlanta, and though it was 6 yrs ago, maybe some of my experience will help.

First, my OB was Dr. Jonathan Ehrlich - part of a big practice at Northside - AVOID HIM. I was rushed in an out of appts, my questions were answered with as little information as possible, and if I asked more than 2, he was clearly annoyed. I was a pretty skinny mama to begin with, and didn't gain a whole lot of weight through the pregnancy, but all signs were good. However, when I was down to weekly OB visits, and didn't gain any weight from one week to the next and Ehrlich freaked. He had me go through ultrasounds, non-stress tests and a bunch of other crap to see if the baby was ok. Nothing said there were any problems, but he thought she looked a little small on the ultrasound, so he TOLD me I had to have labor induced that week - no choice, no discussion of options - just told me what he was going to do. I checked into Northside on a Wed morning, started pitocin and had an awful, chemically-laden 48 hour labor. Ehrlich was hardly there at all... just showed up to catch at about 2pm, Friday. Nice timing for him, huh? :

In addition to the aforementioned crappy care, he was an ass about me being on Medicaid. He is/was one of the few providers who accepted in, and he made a BIG deal about it. I was also 22 and single, and he treated me with very little respect.

And Northside is also to be avoided, if you ask me. The L&D nurses were not good at all - no consistency, no compassion. When I begged for some sort of nourishment after 24hrs of labor the nurse laughed and said "Do what you want, but you'll regret it." So I had a friend bring me a milkshake (nurse wouldn't give us ideas for good food). I drank it and promptly puked - the nurse said "I told you so" and was so rude while helping me clean up. I felt really abandonded in labor, and not one nurse made any effort to explain what was going on.

So my daughter was born, 5#9oz, and whisked to neo-natal ICU for 'observation' at Dr. Ehrlich's orders. There were no health problems AT ALL are her apgars, were just a tiny bit low. I didn't get to nurse her or even hold her until 4 HOURS after she was born. They gave her formula in the NICU, without my consent.

After being moved to recovery, I had to ask repeatedly for my baby. I nursed her right away, and had help from a wonderful LC, the only good thing about Northside, if you ask me! The nurses constantly encouraged me to send the baby to the nursery, and offered formual even after I told them no, and the LC told them I was doing a great job BFing.

Icing on the cake: DD's father showed up drunk as we were being discharged, and when I was calling to get my parents to come pick us up, he got beligerent and abusive - yelling, swearing, pounding the bed. The door to our room was open and I know he could be heard all up and down the hall, but not a single person came in or did or said anything to stop him. (I realize the domestic abuse situation was mine to deal with, but you'd think in a hospital they'd be a little bit more on the ball!)

AVOID NORTHSIDE!

Having had another babe w/ midwives, and in a birthing center, I know now how much better it can be. I only wish I had some better recomendations for the Atl area - we're in Wisconsin now!

Good luck ...
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Hi! Welcome to MDC!

From what you've posted, I would highly recommend looking into a midwife, rather than an OB. OBs are surgeons.....I believe that with doing your homework and interviewing severa mws, you will find someone who is on the same page as you as far as getting the birth you want. I, too, would recommend Margaret if you are looking to birth in a hospital setting and want to use a birth tub b/c North Fulton Regional is the only hosp. who will "allow" mothers to birth in the water. There is only one free-standing birthing center in the state, and it is not in Atlanta.

You might want to check out the midwifery model of care vs. the medical model of care (I can't think of the site right now...you could google it!). As a first-time mama, I bet a doula would be invaluable if you were going to the hospital.

I like the mws with Dr. Andrew Dott (Laurie S. is very cool). Their practice is called Riverbend. Dr. Dott is pretty low key, and if you needed to transfer over to his care, he's trustworthy IMO. The only drawback is they are over at Northside aka The Baby Factory.

You might want to check out the Finding Your Tribe Forum under Georgia, FL and AL....lots of Atlanta mamas can give you their .02. You might also want to go to a local La Leche League meeting to meet up with mothers who will give you some good scoop after the formal meeting---you don't have to be breastfeeding or pregnant. All interested women are welcomed with open arms....and LLL mothers love to help!

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(lovechild421) I am interested in water birth but noone near me does water birth or will even allow me to labor in the water which is what i want the most. the facilities around here just aren't accuiped to do so. *(terrible spelling i know). so i am going to have to move near my mother in marietta. i see that u suggested margaret strickhouser. do you know if there is anyone closer to marietta? how was ur experience? did you have a water birth?

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Hi Sara, I ended up deciding on a homebirth about half way through my pregnancy and found a wonderful CPM homebirth midwife in Kennesaw. I think that if you are going for a hospital birth that Margaret Strickhouser and Ann her partner at North Fulton Regional Hospital are really the best- I felt very comfortable with them and felt like they really encouraged and supported natural birth through options like waterbirth. pm me if you have any questions.

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