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I also like the practice Dr. Travers is part of. Dr. Levitt has been my gynecologist for almost 15 years, and I've always been happy with him. My most recent birth was attended by Dr. Berger-Weiss, who was totally supportive of my birthing choices. For example, she:
1) Told me over the phone I sounded way too cheerful to need to come to the hospital. I told her I agreed, I just felt like I ought to call in since my labor pattern met the guidelines.
2) When I called back a few hours later, when I thought I really did need to go to the hospital, she said I still sounded too cheerful. I told her that was likely to persist until transition (it did), so we agreed it was time for me to come in. (It was)
3) Told the nurses I didn't need an IV, didn't need continuous monitoring, etc. without me even having to ask her to. We had discussed it in the office, but I had expected to have to advocate for myself more.
4) Was totally fine with whatever I wanted to do during labor, such as sit on a birthing ball, walk around, etc. In the food department, they are fine with drinking and sucking on hard candy, though they wouldn't want you to eat anything more. Since that was the limit of what I would have wanted to do during hard labor anyway, that was fine with me.
5) Did not suggest pain medication of any kind.
6) When it turned out that the amniotic fluid had a fair amount of meconium in it, she went against the hospital's standard procedures and did not recommend continuous monitoring.
I preferred to deliver the baby lying on my back, so I don't know what would have happened if I'd wanted to use some other position. Lying on my back was by far the most comfortable position for me to be in at that point, and the last part of my labor went very quickly, so there was no need to try alternative positions to move things along.
Dr. Berger-Weiss did recommend an episiotomy just as the head was coming out, because I was tearing in the direction of the urethra and she felt that could cause complications for me. I consented to the episiotomy, and the upward tearing stopped. I actually found the recovery from the episiotomy to be considerably easier than the recovery from the natural tear of similar length/location I had with my first birth.
I birth easily; as Dr. Levitt once told me, "you could deliver in the middle of Montgomery Mall without any problems," so I have no experience with how this practice would deal with a more difficult birth.
Edited to add: I forgot to mention that they were willing to let the pregnancy go to 42 weeks before inducing labor, but wouldn't have been OK past that. My first child came at 41w0d, and no one had ever mentioned induction to me. With my son, they really wanted to induce at 41w4d, which I wound up consenting to based on my own reading of recent research. Luckily, I wound up going into labor on my own and he was delivered at 41w3d.
Sonja , 40, married to DH (42) since 5-29-93, DD born 11-3-2004, DS born 1-18-2007.