My family of three is planning to relocate to NE Ohio this new year. I'm from a Cleveland suburb originally, but left way before my child-bearing days.
We're leaving Denver, our birth center, and our rock-star, super crunchy and knowledgable pedi. I'm nervous about finding similar care in Cleveland, just because the city, as a whole, is quite different from Denver.
Are there any free-standing birth cetners, not affiliated with hospitals? Or if not, are there any hospitals with great CNM teams? We're trying to get pregnant with #2, and I feel pretty strongly about avoiding a typical hospital birth (but I'm sure I want to homebirth, either...)
Any pedi recs? We follow a regular vax schedule, but are very pro-breastfeeding, co-sleeping, and generally AP, and it's important we find a doctor who is supportive of those practices.
Congratulations on your upcoming move! It looks like your post might have been missed, so I wanted to bump it up for attention. Anyone have information to share?
I hope someone comes along with a recommendation! I too, am moving back to Cleveland (leaving Portland, OR) and am hoping to find a similar pedi. We are trying for #3, but also have 2 other little ones that I will need to find a great ped for.
Thanks for anyone's suggestions!
OP - I think the closest thing the CLE area has to a birth center would be St.John Medical Center which may or may not be convenient to wherever exactly you'd be relocating. I've not used them personally - but have known a few others (in a Bradley Birthing class) who did use services and birthed there and really liked it.
I know there have been some old threads with lots of ped's names - there's not a lot of OH activity in the tribe area here, but I'd search through and try to find those for suggestions in different areas around Cleveland.
We've had ped's through 2 different hospital systems though (the Clinic & Metrohealth) and have been really happy with everyone we've had through those places for the kids. It'll vary though depending on where you'll be, though - big area around here. Good luck looking into everything.
st. john westshore is more of a birthing room rather than a center. they have one room that they have dedicated to natural birth with a tub. the first true birth center that serves all women (not just amish) opened this summer in youngstown-
http://mahoningvalleybirthcenter.com/ not cleveland, but approx. 1-1.5 hours away.
as for peds, it really depends on where you end up. i am in the inner ring suburbs just east of cleveland so those are the peds that i am most aware. we use dr. phelps in chesterland. i chose him based on positive reviews & the fact that he is supportive & non-judgmental of many of the things that were very important to me with a baby - homebirth, delayed & selective vax, cosleeping, breastfeeding, etc. he is a very nice person, great with kids and very respectful to parents & kids alike.
Dr. Senders & Dr Lavin, both on east side, also came highly recommended.