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#1 of 12 Old 04-05-2010, 05:19 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone given birth here? Would you care to share your stories?

Thank you in advance!

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Hey! Not to scare you, but my friend used to work at Emerson as an L&D nurse and left because of their horrible treatment of moms and babies, as well as really high unnecessary C- Section rates. Please PM me if you want any more info… But I would not EVER give birth there after hearing about their policies and politics!!!!
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I have not personally birthed here, but I have to say that everyone I know who has, has had a c-section. Purely anecdotal, for whatever that is worth. I live 2 towns over from there, but I drove into Cambridge and birthed with the midwives at Mount Auburn.
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I think Mt Auburn would be a great hospital to go to!
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It was a great birth, I was so happy with them
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agree with PP. Emerson and my OB's attitude toward natural birth forced me to explore other options. I'm so happy that I did. Had a glorious homebirth instead.

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Gave birth there in January. Different OBs (even w/in same practice group) have different approaches, but the doc on call for my delivery was VERY hands off, left me alone w/DH and our young, fun, pro-natural birth nurse until the very end. No hassle about failure to progress despite taking 16 hrs to get from 4 to 10cm. I met 3 L&D nurses there who were awesome, one who was not so awesome. Postpartum nursing was less than impressive. A few things I was unhappy with but mostly my birth plan was respected. That said, I'll do it at home next time, now that I know I'm capable. Mostly just because I don't want to be in a strange place if I don't need to be, and goodness knows I can do w/o the car ride, ugh. PM me if you want more details. I recommend taking the hospital's hypnobirthing course even if you do not want to hypnobirth - it's taught by an excellent L&D nurse who will break it all down for you. Good luck!

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I think it really depends on which group you choose at Emerson Hopsital. I had my two babies at Emerson Hospital with AFA OB/GYN and Dr. Balcomb delivered both of my babies exactly how I wanted her to deliver them....she was very patient with me and I had a wonderful experience....not to mention their recent renovations to the post-partum rooms...it was like staying in a hotel after the delivery of my second baby.....
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I was actually looking for this thread today...

My college roomate just had her daughter at Emerson, 100% unmedicated and with zero interventions. She was with the group mentioned above AFA OB/GYN and she had a doula present with her.

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I think it really depends on which group you choose at Emerson Hopsital. I had my two babies at Emerson Hospital with AFA OB/GYN and Dr. Balcomb delivered both of my babies exactly how I wanted her to deliver them....she was very patient with me and I had a wonderful experience....not to mention their recent renovations to the post-partum rooms...it was like staying in a hotel after the delivery of my second baby.....
Sherri & Dr Balcomb share on-call duty w/the Concord OBGYN group, don't they? So no guarantees she'd be there to deliver you. Unless I misunderstood their on-call rotation...

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You're right that they share with Concord OBGYN but I was told Sherri/Dr. Balcomb deliver 80-90% of their patients. Have already discussed with Sherri that if baby is late, I want to wait until 42 weeks before induction and she is supportive, though they would like me to come in for non-stress tests, etc, if we get to that point. Also supportive of using prostaglandin, etc., before Pitocin or anything like that.
On our tour of the "Birth Center" they seemed very natural-birth friendly, even though I didn't tell them I was planning for a natural birth (things like, the nurses will have you up and walking the halls, etc.) I'd be happy to report back after my baby arrives sometime in July.
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agree with PP. Emerson and my OB's attitude toward natural birth forced me to explore other options. I'm so happy that I did. Had a glorious homebirth instead.
Was Dr. Kramer your ob? She drove me to homebirth as well. Who did you use?

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