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We are going to start trying for babe #2 and I no longer have a midwife/ob-gyn b/c chestnut hill shut down I am interested in exploring birthing center options and need a good midwife/practice. I have no idea where I am going to have LO #2..Abington is too big for my comfort level and I would prefer for him/her to be born in Philly anyway. any reccomendations/guidance would be greatly appreciated!
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE Kathy Hindle and Janet Lewis. They are a 2 midwife practice called midwifery traditions (215-249-9646). They do home and hospital births. We used them for our hb with #2 and would use them again in a heartbeat!

I also really like the Birth Center in Bryn Mawr, although after having done the hb route with #2, I'll keep doing that.

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I delivered ds at Pennsy. I had a really good experience there. The midwifery practice is really big though.

I know tons of people who have loved Bryn Mawr Birth Center and I am friendly with some of the midwives there who are totally awesome.
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Bryn Mawr BC looks amazing! I was checking out their website and I am so sad to learn that they cannot accept women who have had previous C-sections , which I have. That is so dissappointing, especially b/c that is in part WHY I am interested in BCs. What am I going to do? I feel like I am going to be forced into another hospital birth b/c of my C-section--so frustrating!
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Have you talked to Barbara D'Amatto at Valley Birthplace? I think she may do VBACs---she'll do home, her BC or hospital. I have heard good things about her.

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Have you talked to Barbara D'Amatto at Valley Birthplace? I think she may do VBACs---she'll do home, her BC or hospital. I have heard good things about her.
Thanks! I will definitely look into this!
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Have you talked to Barbara D'Amatto at Valley Birthplace? I think she may do VBACs---she'll do home, her BC or hospital. I have heard good things about her.
She does VBACs but only in a hosptial setting.

Honestly, around here if you want a VBAC your going to need to have a homebirth with a CPM or a hospital birth with a midwife like Barbara.

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I am facing that reality Now I just need to find a good midwife and hospital b/c I don't have the courage to try a homebirth. Any suggestions?
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I don't have first hand knowledge, but I took prenatal yoga at Yoga Child on South St lastyear. There were a few mamas there who were working towards a VBAC, and were going to deliver at Pennsy. You could call and ask Gail there if she has any insight or contact Penn OB/Gyn and Midwifery Care--its my guess that these mamas used this practice.
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Just FYI, CABC (the group that accredits birth centers) does not allow VBAC outside the context of a clinical trial, which does not currently exist and which AABC has decided is not feasible to do again. That's every birth center in PA. This is a national policy decision and not that of the birth center midwives.

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I am facing that reality Now I just need to find a good midwife and hospital b/c I don't have the courage to try a homebirth. Any suggestions?
I'd go with Barbara D'amato and deliver at Montgomery Hospital.

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I'd go with Kathy Hindle, my friend has had several HB's with her and she is pretty amazing. My friend had her first HB after 2 C-sections.

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I was under the impression that Kathy didn't take VBAC's but you could give her a call and see... I go to Valley Birthplace so I know they take VBAC's
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I was under the impression that Kathy didn't take VBAC's but you could give her a call and see... I go to Valley Birthplace so I know they take VBAC's
Same here. From what I understand she now sends VBACs to Barbara. Plus I'm pretty positive that Kathy does not do VBACs at home unless maybe under special circumstances, like she knows the person personally.

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Ronni Rothman of Woman Wise Midwifery is a midwife at Montgomery Hospital. She is wonderful! Solo practice so she is the midwife you would be working with if you decided to see her. I'm a childbirth educator for the bryn mawr birth center and a doula in private practice. I've had all three of my children with her and it was a great experience.

Ronni does take VBAC clients and the birth center recommends her (and others) to birth center clients who are now trying for a VBAC. As a doula I attend a client who was attempting a VBAC with Ronni. My client had a great experience and was very happy with Montgomery and Ronni.
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I LOVE Valley Birthplace, they are just wonderful. I can't wait to get pregnant again it was such a great experience!
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I have a friend who had a great VBAC with Ronni Rothman.
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As a local doula, I can tell you that all of these midwives are wonderful. You have to find the right fit for you, but they are all fantastic. An OB who is VBAC friendly and even encourages it is Dr. Bailey at Lankenau.

Talk to some women through ICan. It will make you feel more empowered and confident as you enter your pregnancy(:

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Just had a VBAC at Montgomery Hospital with Barbara D'Amato. It turned out wonderfully and I would highly recommend both Barbara and the hospital.

I did meet with Ronni Rothman when I was checking out practitioners and she was really nice, too. Barbara just seemed a bit more confident and I meshed better with her, but Ronni was my second choice.

I'm not quite as in touch here with a newborn, but feel free to PM if you have any questions.
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Just FYI, CABC (the group that accredits birth centers) does not allow VBAC outside the context of a clinical trial, which does not currently exist and which AABC has decided is not feasible to do again. That's every birth center in PA. This is a national policy decision and not that of the birth center midwives.
Actually, this isn't true. CABC does allow secondary VBACs under certain circumstances, and primary VBACs on a case-by-case basis. The reason BCs in SEPA don't offer VBACs is the back-up docs. They can't, for various reasons, support BC-VBACs.
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Interesting. AABC still says this:

http://www.birthcenters.org/about-aa...vbac-study.php

Which is what I based my post above on.

But googling further says that CABC changed its mind several months later.
http://www.birthgirlz.com/upload/CABC_VBAC_Policy.pdf

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