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Are there any midwives in the Scranton area? My attempt to find one failed, though admittedly I'm not sure the best way to find one. I'm expecting my third baby in April, had a midwife last time but have since moved to NEPA. I've been going to an OB/GYN cuz I couldn't find a midwife, but thought maybe it was worth a shot asking here. Thanks for any help you can give.
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I expect it may hinge upon what happens with that trial next Friday (see Pa Homebirthers thread), but don't give up hope yet.
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Does that mean that there are NO midwives in the Scranton area, not even ones who attend hospital deliveries? I'm actually looking for one to attend a hospital delivery, not a homebirth.

If there are no midwives around, is there anything in general you can tell me about Moses Taylor? As things stand, I will be delivering there. I'm 29 weeks along, so my options become more limited every day. Any help you can give is much appreciated. Thanks
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Oh! As of two years ago, there was one with PHA. There are two with the practice at Wayne Memorial. I know folks who had positive experiences with them. I guess it depends what part of the Scranton area you're in, if you're close enough to go to Honesdale.

Moses is so/so. Best you're going to do in Scranton. Watch out for the night nurses. They're pretty good about encouraging rooming in, but there are a few that want to swipe your baby and give formula. : They also like to stomp around your room and wake you up. I was not allowed to hold & nurse immediately, but no one else I know had that problem. I didn't get much grief for refusing eyedrops and Hep B, but the vit K they harassed me about (she still didn't get it though). They did force me into an IV and pit against my consent, and would not allow me in any position other than semi-lithomy (hence my tear and my lovely scar that still impacts my, uh, enjoyment of life). Again, no one else I know had that problem though. I had a real winner of an OB but I hear he's not there any more, so no worries on that score.

So, are you going to LLL? I won't be there, but there's a meeting Thursday.

Do you have a doula?
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The midwife that was at PHA is gone. She left about a year ago I think. I currently go to PHA but have had my last bad experience there and am now shopping around for a new practice (I am 21 wks). There is a midwife that delivers at Mercy, but I have heard that she is not delivering anymore (don't know why, I plan to find out for sure). I am considering GWV although there are no midwives there. I have heard they are less knife happy. It is bad here. It really seems like your choices are at home with no one or a medicated hospital birth you have no control over. Oh, there is a midwife practice in Tannersville, I know nothing about it. I won't go down there because I insist on my baby seeing our ped and not someone I don't know, and also, since I was induced with #1 I have no idea if I labor quickly or slowly and I don't want to deliver in Gouldsboro! Oh yeah, you might want to check out LLL, like Jeni said. There is a meeting this Thur at 10:30, pm me if you want directions. It is a great group.

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Someone told me a while ago that GWV has a "mandatory observation period" unless you get special permission from the ped to keep your baby. : I wonder if that is still true.
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Well, that is not something I will worry about as our ped would not be for that, as you know.

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I goofed up and posted the same thing twice. See the one below. I'm new here!
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Who's your ped? I never even thought to ask about peds while I was here. I'm not really thrilled with the one I have and I'm not even that extreme in my medical choices for my kids--really just the lack of vitamins and fluoride off hand--that and there's the fact that the extended nursing really seems to throw the woman for a loop, not so much that she's critical of it, she just doesn't understand how it operates. Oh and I would never tell her that my babies sleep with me. Anyway, if I could find someone a better match philosophy-wise, that would be swell.

As for the birth of my new one, I'm really torn up about this whole thing. I want to just move back to where I came from with the midwives I had and the hospital I had there with the nursery nurses who only show up if you call them. And it's SOP for the baby to never leave your side. Ok, so I did have one or two dumb nursery nurses at the hospital ("here, dear, put this formula on your nipple to encourage your baby to latch on"?!? blech!) Anyway, my OB is with PHA, so now I'm even more anxious. So anymore you can tell me about that would be great. I actually live closer to Wayne Memorial, but have heard less than glowing reports about the hospital in general which makes me nervous, and with those midwives, they're in with OB's and there's no guarantee who will be there for delivery. Both of my other children have been born grey and in need of some assistance for the first while--DS was with an idiot misogynistic OB who had me in a race against another laboring mom, and there was dark meconium in the amniotic fluid, so that's what went on with him; still not exactly clear on what went on with my DD who was with a midwife, but she was having issues before labor, so anyway--babies' early problems coupled with the fact that my husband is paranoid, homebirth just really isn't an option. AAAAACK!

I should check out the LLL mtg. I live in Wayne Co, but the LLL here pretty much just consists of having a contact person if you need help, no real mtg anymore. I didn't think of heading to Scranton. Though if I remember correctly, you said it's at 10:30, which wouldn't give me enough time to get my DS off the bus from school. And, I'm not currently nursing. But maybe DH will help me get there for some baby-and-me time after the new one arrives. So, I will keep that in mind.

OK, that was long rambling. I've just been desperate for some like-minded company and information. My family is in the area, but my sister is the only one my age and she parents in a completely different way from me. (she followed and swears by her ped's advice to let her babies CIO at EIGHT weeks--for instance!): Thanks for any help you can offer.
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Ok, since you asked I am going to gush about my ped. He is awesome. Let me tell you a little about him. He is the father of 10. His wife is a LLL leader (the meeting I go to is at her house). She nursed all of her children until they weaned on their own (except 1, it is a long story, but she was pg and was really sick, and it was essential, the child was probably about 2 at the time). All children, except the first, weaned while she was pg. They co-slept with all of their nursing children. He is ok with no or delayed vax (I vax on schedule, though), he doesn't recommend circ, but will do it if the parents insist. When you go for your office visits you may wait 1-2 hours to see him, BUT when you see him he will treat you like you are the only patient he is seeing that day. He is a board certified ped and internist so he can be the dr for your whole family. He is a Geisinger dr, so I don't know if that will be an issue with your ins. I LOVE him. Oh, his name, I guess that is important...Dr Rogan. He practices at Geisinger Lake Scranton. Honestly, I do not have a single complaint about him. I was diagnosed with a 2 vessel cord this pregnancy and I was given NO info at PHA and was basically treated like "don't ask any questions." Anyway, I contacted Dr Rogan and he got me in with a specialist and talked to me on the phone for quite a while late at night (about 10PM) when I know he was probably tired and wanted to get home, but he let me talk and answered ALL of my questions. In my opinion, you will not find a better dr.

As for the meeting. It starts at 10:30, but lasts all day. Of course, you are not required to stay but if you have to come late, there will still be mommas there. It is totally fine if you are not nursing now. I started going before I had my dd and there are a number of women there who aren't nursing at the time. I really recommend it. There is plenty of good healthy food to eat there too and if you have older children there is alot for them to do there. Everyone has a good time. PM me if you want directions. If you can't come this month the meeting is the 4th Thur of the month except when there are holidays (usually there is only an issue in Nov and Dec and I think sometimes in May).

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I didn't know he goes to GWV too. No wonder he's so busy.

I got the "put some formula on your nipple" thing too. : And the problem was that it was FLAT. Oh yeah, formula will fix that up! Gah.

Have you connected with the Earthy Birthy group in Honesdale? They have monthly meetings I think. Sometimes they have a sign in the himalayan cafe. There are a couple of them on the boards too, maybe if you search this forum for honesdale.
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Yeah, I don't know how often he goes down there, but I do remember him telling us when he came to see Therese in the hospital after she was born that he had to run down to GWV in the middle of the previous night. Yeah, he is crazy busy. He also works in the ER at MTH and volunteers at the CAC. I think he just doesn't sleep

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you mentioned a midwife in tannersville.
is it dhyana heller.
she is amazing.
we had a home birth with her, but i know she does help out in hospital births too.
email me through MDC if you dont have her number.

maureen

ps. i am giong away tomorrow so it will be a couple of days before i check my email.
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you mentioned a midwife in tannersville.
she is amazing.
we had a home birth with her, but i know she does help out in hospital births too.
email me through MDC if you dont have her number.

maureen

ps. i am giong away tomorrow so it will be a couple of days before i check my email.
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She is absolutely amazing. PM me if you need more info.
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have you had any luck with your midwife search?? i have actually been seeing the midwives who deliver at wayne memorial, but i have an appointment with dhyana (so happy to see the positive feedback there!!!) on friday
pm me if you want any info on either.
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