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#1 of 5 Old 09-14-2013, 08:24 PM - Thread Starter
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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.


Thanks, mamas!

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Congratulations on your upcoming move! It looks like your post might have been missed, so I wanted to bump it up for attention. :bump: Anyone have information to share?

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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! 

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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.      

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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- 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. 

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