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#1 of 7 Old 06-04-2011, 03:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I love mountainside hospital but I'm hearing so many good things about morristown especially since you get your own private room. I'm planning on having a vbac and i just want to choose what hospital so i can choose a good doctor. I'm very picky about this because NJ have very high c-section rates. We want more than three children so if i cant push my next child out it will be very devastating. Any advice? Which hospital do you think is better to go to?

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I would say Morristown! I haven't delivered there but I know my midwife worked with them and I've seen the birthing rooms and they are lovely! Birth balls, pools, privacy etc...


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Both hospitals have really high cesarean rates but Morristown has a better VBAC rate (11.3 vs 5.8%).  Morristown also has a much better VBAC success rate (referring to the percent of VBAC attempts that are successful).  Only 42% of VBAC attempts are successful at Mountainside while about 71% of VBAC attempts are successful at Morristown.

 

That being said, you still can't factor out the impact of your care provider.  I think Morristown has a lot more providers that will support VBAC than Mountainside does.  In other words, you still need to make sure you are using a doctor or midwife who is truly supportive of VBAC.

 

I would suggest touring both hospitals and see which one seems to have better policies and tools to support natural birth (e.g. wireless monitoring, saline-locks vs running IVs, showers, tubs, birthing balls, allowing for movement out of bed while in labor, etc).  Then interview doctors/midwives to see whose philosophy is most in line with yours. 

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you are so right. Im going with a doctor names judy Banks. She is a doctor that supports vbacs. The ICAN website gave me her name letting me know she supports vbacs. Wish me luck!

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I had a VBAC in Morristown in March.  They insist on monitoring you the whole time which is annoying, but they were supportive of the VBAC (my nurse had all 4 of hers naturally), but thank goodness my midwife was there to shut up my Doctor who was quite gloomy!  Make sure your Dr/Midwife is very pro VBAC and I'm sure you'll do well.


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Stelly what midwife did u use? my insurance only accept certain midwives
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Dr Banks is wonderful.  She is definitely supportive of VBACs and would be my first choice at Morristown.  The staff there likes her too which helps.  ;)


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