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Hi I read probably every post about midwives in the area and couldn't find anyone in Cherry Hill/ Voorhees or Camden/ Burlington counties. Any ideas?
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I crossed the bridge to Pennsylvania Hospital and used the Penn Midwifery practice. It's actually closer to me than Voorhees.

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thanks
can you tell me more about that midwifery group. What is their philosophy? 

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No personal experience but I believe the former ICAN leader in South Jersey VBACed with Bobbi when she was at Kennedy. Elmer won't allow VABCs.

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I guess to clarify, I had a vaginal birth
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I liked them... they're probably about halfway between "medwives" and a homebirth midwife in terms of philosophy. They had me seeing a maternal fetal medicine doc because of my age and thyroid condition, but were supportive of the fact that I declined most screenings other than the ultrasound. They don't require an ultrasound even, if you don't want one. Generally, I really liked them. The big issue is that there are several of them, so you don't know who you'll get at birth. I actually had Estella (who has since moved out of state), who I had never met before. She was amazing. I also really liked Vikki a lot. She was the one who scheduled my induction, but wanted me to go home and take castor oil so I wouldn't have to use pit. She also picked up on my posterior babe and had me doing positions at home to turn her. (Worked--my L&D was four hours beginning to end!)

They are required as part of their group to schedule an induction at 42 weeks (I know because mine was scheduled until DD decided to show up at 41+2).

I didn't look into Voorhees, because it's actually faster to go to Philly from my home. It took me an hour to get to Virtua during rush hour when my nephew was born. I also didn't know of any midwife who was a guarantee. My sis used Garden State OB/Gyn, and they have a midwife on staff, but she's in rotation with all the docs. At Penn Midwifery, the doc patients are separate from the midwife patients so you're guaranteed to work with a midwife unless there's a medical issue during labor that requires you to be transferred to a doc's care.

Penn Midwifery: http://www.pennmedicine.org/obgyn/se...ahosp/cnm.html

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Oops! Sorry! I misinterpretted that. Are you saying Elmer is too far (I'm not sure if both hospitals are too far or just Montgomery) If Elmer is not too far, why not try Patty Madden or Karen Shields at Elmer? I called Elmer a while and they described themselves as more of a birthing center. I believe they do water birth as well. My aunt had two "failure to progress" c-sections with the Penn midwives. Her kids are 11 and 6 though so it sounds like they've gotten better (maybe it was just the particular midwife on call when she went into labor).

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