Originally Posted by Rhiannon77
I love Dr. Cauthen in Kennesaw. Everyone in that office is great including the staff.
I STONGLY caution you against using Dr.Cauthen. She stripped my membranes at 37 weeks without my permission, then tried to backpedal when my husband called her and say she didn't do it. She was going out of town, by the way, and had made a comment about how I needed to have the baby now so she didn't miss it (she didn't know I was UCing), then suddenly she's performing an extremely painful pelvic exam that I made her stop, because I knew what she was doing (she admitted it at the time).
She and another doctor (Dr. Shin) then tried to fabricate a reason for me to have to be induced, so that her actions were justified. Every week, they told me "Oh, you probably have low fluid, you must do an ultrasound," but any time I consented, my fluids were more than sufficient. Because I had an anxiety attack in the office (AFTER the cervical assault) that caused one, single high blood pressure reading, she and Dr. Shin insisted I had pre-eclampsia, even though a) there was no protein in my urine, b) my bloodwork came back stellar, and c) they wouldn't even let me have a glass of water to get calmed down. Again, I was threatened with induction (which I, of course, told them they could stuff).
I did not return to her office until after I had my UC, at which point, she fired ME because I didn't trust her. Uh...why on earth would I trust her!
Anyway, please, please, please use caution. Elizabeth Street, the lead physician in that office, also has an almost 100% episiotomy rate. Yes, you aren't looking for an OB, but if they have this sort of cavalier attitude with pregnant women, why would they treat a woman who isn't pregnant with much more respect? If they don't use informed consent during pregnancy, why would they at any other time?