Clearly, I did not make an appointment with them. does anyone know of a good ob I can go to for a quick confirmation appointment and ultrasound? It's not like I haven't been through this pregnancy thing before... :-)
Also, if anyone has any good midwife/birth center recommendations please let me know! I'm thinking I might prefer a waterbirth like last time, are there any hospital birthing centers around you might recommend with great birthing tubs?
first of all, welcome to MA!
I cannot offer any personal experience at this point but have been looking at birthing centers as we TTC. Most hospitals in eastern MA do not offer water birth but some have tubs available to use in the earlier stages of labor.
two of my good friends have had very positive experiences at Lowell General, including one who chose no drugs which was completely fine, no questions from the staff or her OB. Personally I am looking at Emerson Hospital in Concord and Newton-Wellesley. I know Lowell and N-W have labor tubs, not sure about Emerson.
Good luck to you as you find the right fit.
Thanks for the info. Glad you found some places where you can have the experience you want and an emergency out!
I live in Bradford and I went to a really nice place out in Salem, NH for my first US. I called freaking out the same day of my pregnancy test (I was only four weeks) and they got me in THAT DAY for an US and an intake. I took my daughters, 3 and 4 along with me and they were all (the staff) really great. The OB is Dr. Edwards and he was really upbeat and optimistic. He works with three midwives and delivers at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA. I'm not sure if I'll actually use him or not, but I got a really good feeling going to my appointment that day. Good luck!
Just FYI that Holy Family does have the highest c-section rate in the state, at 39%. I'd love to know more about your OB and Midwives there, it would be nice to hear more positive information about that hospital. Could you tell me anything about the rate of natural births that they do? Are the midwives with Holy Family
Re. Birth Centers -- There are two AWESOME birth centers in southern NH. One is the Birth Cottage in Milford, NH, the other is the Coastal Family Birth Retreat in Stratham(?). They have really great outcomes and are both freestanding but with great relationships to nearby hospitals. I didn't catch where you're located, but those places are really phenomenal especially if you're looking at a birth center, much fewer transfers and inductions than Beverly or Cambridge