I am planning a homebirth (it is right around the corner) and since I am new to Whitestone, Queens and Queens as a whole, I have been interviewing local peds I found off of google maps.
Honestly, it has been truly disappointing. They don't have any clients with homebirths and they act as if they cannot figure out what a midwife does. They are also really medically oriented from the get-go.
Does anyone know of a doctor in this area who would be welcoming us for a first visit and from then on?
I would like to travel, but not as far as Manhattan or Brooklyn. Of course, if I have to, I will. But I am hoping that natural mothering has spread to this part of town.
P.S. Our insurance is Aetna.
Dr. Izak Reischer in Forest Hills is HB friendly. Call the office (718-268-6200) and they will schedule you for a consultation with him. I did that when I was pregnant with a few docs and he was really the only one who was supportive of HB. Honestly, I was not extremely impressed after I met him and needless to say the office space leaves a lot to be desired but he was HB supportive and other people that I know use him love him so I decided to give him a shot. I cannot be more pleased with him and the office staff - he is very thorough, explains everything etc
I know the moment has passed, but I'd like to second the recommendation of Dr. Izak Reischer. He's my kids' ped and was great with DD after her hb a year ago. Yes, the decor is outdated and the toys are a bit blah, but we go for his knowledge and skill as a pediatrician. He gave DD the newborn checkup and did the PKU test in office. He's very supportive of HB, is a proponent of ebf and is a font of info when it comes to organic foods and nutrition. Good doc.