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#1 of 18 Old 12-10-2012, 07:45 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi-

I was wondering if anyone delivered at the North Shore Birth Center in recent years?  I delivered my first at another local hospital, but I am really interested in learning more about the Birth Center.

Specifically, who did you see in the practice for care?  What did you like/dislike about your appointments?

How was the actual facility? Clean? Comfortable?

DId you end up transferring to the hospital due to complications, or simply for a 48 hour stay after birth?  Or did you go straight home?  How was that?

 

Would you deliver there again? If not, why not?

 

THank you so much!!!
 


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Hi, I have not delivered at the North Shore Birthing center but have been a doula there several times. I love the birthing center and the midwives on staff.  It's a very hands off, homey atmosphere perfect for a natural childbirth. Let me know if you have any other questions!

 

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Thanks, Enza! Do u think any of the mothers you have worked with might be willing to talk with me? I delivered my first at Salem hospital but would like to check the birth center. I know I can talk to the midwives to get a sense, but just feel like I would benefit from hearing personal experiences .

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Sure, let me see if anyone has the time....new moms are exhausted and may not be able to get to you quickly but I will check! smile.gif

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No rush! I am just starting my research. I am keeping my 1st prenatal with my current dr. If all is well I will go from there. I actually am a little surprised that no moms have responded here yet .

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Hi! I just recently (Oct '12) had my son at the Beverly Birth Center - he is my second child born there (my first born in UK with midwives, 2nd born in CT with OB/GYN and because of my delivery with OB being a horrible experience I went to Birth Center with 3rd (March '10) as we lived in Mass then). 

 

I can say my two experiences there were wonderful.  My 3rd baby was a relatively easy pregnancy and no issues came up during the 9 months - I actually transfered from a midwife in Reading as she didn't feel I would get the birth experience that I wanted.  She was in a practice with OBs and was concerned that if I went into labor when she wasn't on call I would be subject to interventions. So I went in to the birth center not knowing what to expect around 29 weeks and really wished I had been with them right from the start (even though my midwife in Reading was wonderful).  I felt lots of support and care from all the midwives I met.  My water broke 3 weeks early with my son - good timing as before 37 weeks you cannot deliver in birth center, rather hospital with the midwives attending.  I was actually supposed to close on our house that day so was a bit of an unplanned and hectic birth day :) Eva Wax was my initial midwife, but as the day progressed I switched to a trainee midwife who is no longer there.  She was wonderful and let me do my own thing.  My son was born that evening and was a very emotional and amazing experience. 

 

When I found out I was pregnant with my 4th I knew right where I would go.  Unfortunately it was a rough pregnancy from the start - around 9 weeks I hemorrhaged and thought I was miscarrying.  I called the birth center and was told to lay low that day and go in for ultrasound next day.  It was a miracle and the baby was still alive although I was diagnosed with subchorionic hematomas.  Karen was my midwife that I saw for the first 24 weeks or so.  Because of my bleeding which continued until about 16 weeks and the hematomas I was also seeing a specialist from Tufts that Karen had set me up with.  The dr was right on Beverly Campus.  Just extra reassurance.  Eventually was told that the pregnancy was a healthy one around 19 weeks as the clots had disolved.  For a few weeks it was peaceful and then around 28 weeks I failed my glucose test :( I had never failed before so was out of left field and threw me for a big bout of confusion and guilt.  I was able to keep my blood sugar #s under control with diet and exercise as I really wanted to stay with the midwives.  If you are GD positive and don't keep #s good the midwives can no longer have you as a patient.  So I stayed super strict with my diet.  Around 32 weeks I was told baby was breech.  And sent to a chiropractor and an acupuncturist, along with being given physical (and mental) exercises to do at home.  Very stressful.  Baby managed to flip around 36 weeks, a week before my scheduled external version.  My water broke 12 days early with this one - should have seen that coming - and after a very, very quick labor deliverd my second son.  Eva and Susan were with me and I can say again it was an amazing experience. 

 

The midwives I have seen and gotten to know are all lovely and helpful - they will give you alternatives to conventional medicines, provide support when you feel emotional and I can truly say I have loved having them in my life.  I only wish I had know about birth centers when I had my 2nd child.  Coming from delivering my 1st in the UK where most women deliver with midwives to moving back to the US and having experienced an OB driven pregnancy/labor/birth I would recommend midwives to anyone who wants to have a natural delivery.  I really felt that my OB, even though she said she was ok, was not "ok" with a drug free, patient centered delivery. 

 

If you have any other questions please let me know :) I hope my rambling stories helped!

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4Loves:  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I was so excited to see your response this morning.  I have heard some very general positives about the Birth Center, but your detailed message was so helpful. My 1st was a healthy pregnancy with some minor high blood pressure at the end (although not even enough for intervention). I am hoping that this one will be the same. I have my first OB appt with my current MD in the next two weeks.  I think right after that I will call to make an appointment at the Birth Center.  It sounds like Eva or Karen might be good choices?


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Yes, I would say Eva or Karen are great! I really, really love Eva but to be honest all are good.  They all have different personalites but in the end allow you to guide your own pregnancy/labor/delivery.

 

Karen was so supportive during my scare as I would often go in sad as was such a delicate pregnancy for the first few months.  She often gave me lovely hugs which was so nice to be consoled!

 

Hope it goes well and that you feel the same attention and care from them!

 

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I have 3 children and delivered my last 2 with them. I had my first in a hospital in NYC and hemorrhaged afterwards, and was really nervous about delivery the second time around. But they assured me that they would prevent things by being proactive and that everything would be fine. I had a wonderful waterbirth and was told that I could go home just an hour or so after he was born, but still anxious about my previous hemorrhage I requested to transfer. Low and behold, I had a huge delayed hemorrhage when I got to the hospital and required a transfusion. I was really shocked that they were so quick to let me go home without monitoring me, with my history. Honestly, I could have died had I gone home. So I was very apprehensive to use them again for my third. As I got close to full term, I brought up the previous hemorrhages with them and wanted to talk about what would happen differently. They didn't have anything different to say about it, aside from the fact that I should deliver at the hospital instead. I was not pleased with just going with the same game plan as before, I was expecting them to have another strategy. I requested for them to get me in touch with a regular OBGYN to get a second opinion, I had to initiate it and set it all up and then tell them what that OB recommended. If I hadn't been so proactive, nothing would have been different the third time aside from me being in a hospital. But since they took the OBGYNs advice, I was on pitocin for 12 hours after delivery and luckily did not hemorrhage. I was really not happy with how much I had to advocate for myself. The birth center is wonderful, the center itself is very comfortable and the midwives are very good. But I feel like they lack the awareness that sometimes things can go terribly wrong, that birth isn't always as easy as it should be. I have a friend who used them who had a clinically small pelvis and they had her push for over 4 hours before transferring her. It ended in a cection and she was later told by the surgeon that it should have been diagnosed at her first prenatal visit. 

 

I had a really terrible experience with them having my son circed too. He had it done in the birth center by a doctor and it was performed without any anesthesia whatsoever. The midwife that was there for it acted very terrible towards me for having it done and I honestly felt like they made my son suffer more than he should of because they did not agree with our decision. 

 

The midwives are all so different and vary in their granola feel tremendously. The woman I got for my last birth was very medically oriented and I actually ended up with a lot of pitocin and an epidural (it had to do with me not progressing for 20 hours and her fearing my uterus would majorly hemorrhage again because of being so tired, so understandable) and I am really totally fine with how it panned out, but I did have a more granola midwife with my second and ended up with a totally different experience. You just never know what you'll get with them. They are all so different. 

 

Overall, I really would recommend them. Just be an advocate for yourself. 

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Kristenpie-

Thanks for your input.  I am just wondering, with your 3rd did you deliver at the hospital with a midwife or were you back at the birth center, and then transfer?  It seems like there are quite a few options there, which honestly, is what is appealing to me. I am not sure i feel comfortable going home after 1 hour, but maybe after 4 or a transfer for a day to the hospital if i can't stay at the birth center.  I am a little concerned about the circumcision issue, but i was the first time with my son too because I think I am the first person in my family to have their son circ'd at the hospital and not by a mohel.  I guess i just need to go in and meet them. 


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I had my baby at the NSBC back in 2008. Eva was my midwife and she was fantastic. What happened afterwards wasn't that great, but that was Beverly Hospital, not the midwives.

 

I was GBS positive, but I am allergic to the antibiotics used to treat that during labor. So I opted for no antibiotics, as I was told the alternatives are not always "allowed" by pediatricians as being proper treatment. I agreed to stay in the hospital for 48 hours with my baby to be monitored. The docs came in a few hours after she was born, took blood and ran the labs. When they came back, they told us that while my daughter's Blood Cell Ratios were good, her WBC count was too high, so therefore she needed IV antibiotics and a stay in the special nursery, instead of just rooming in with us. This was the neonatalogist's decision, who we never even saw. I was also pressured into a vitamin k shot, which I was against, by the pediatrician. At least they let us not vax her for hep B.

 

Even better was that my daughter's cultures came back completely clear. She had not contracted GBS, but had completely unnecessary antibiotics. Thank goodness we didn't get thrush!


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They would not allow me to deliver at the birth center with #3 because of my history, so I saw them for prenatals there but delivered with one of them in the hospital.When I was in labor I stopped by the BC to get checked out, and after I went home for a few hours and things picked up, we met at the hospital.

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Oh also wanted to add, they gave my daughter a vitamin K shot without my consent!!! This was a nurse at the hospital, not the midwives. It was in my birth plan to decline, too. Unbelievable.

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Did any of my clients contact you?  Please feel free to email Anna Burt.  She just recently delivered and I know wouldn't mind answering any of your questions. Her email is chiqanna at  gmail.com! Just tell her I sent you! smile.gif

 

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My two cents: If you stay at the hospital, don't do the full two day stay. The nurses do not communicate well with one another, just getting an ibuprofen for cramps took literally two to three hours at some points. Only two of the five nurses who rotated while I was there seemed to know what was going on (although those two were very, very good. Sarah and Denise, I will never forget them!) I wish they had the option to stay at the birth center at least 12 hours or more. BTW, another heads up: some of the midwives are also a bit...scatterbrained. Wonderful ladies, but sometimes a bit spacy. If you need anything special (paperwork or anything...we donated our cord blood and placenta, which was a bit of an ordeal) ask Reina, Amanda, Karen or Susan to handle it. They just seem to be a little more on the ball! Make sure you really spell out what you will need!

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Btw, we declined eye prophylactics and the Hep B vaccine and no one had a problem with that. No one at the hospital even mentioned it, the midwives made sure it was on our chart. We didn't decline Vitamin K because of the circ. I'm not sure if we would have taken hell if we'd declined it and circ'ed. If we'd had a girl, though, we probably would have declined the K too.

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Karen was so supportive during my scare as I would often go in sad as was such a delicate pregnancy for the first few months.  She often gave me lovely hugs which was so nice to be consoled!
Karen really is amazing. When we found out we were having another boy, I burst into tears on the ultrasound table. It was embarrassing, I didn't expect to have such an extreme reaction, I had just been dreaming of a girl. I had a midwife appointment right after that...I'd never met Karen before, and yet there she was, comforting me like she was an old friend. She was so wonderful and understanding. My baby boy is amazing, by the way. :-)

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TouchaByeBaby:  Thank you so much for your comments.  I did end up switching to the BC and have had 4 appts so far. I am due in August. I too have experienced the variability in approaches by the MW's already and am working with a Doula to document my birth plan/wishes.   All in all, i would say its been positive so far and hope to have a smooth delivery at the BC in a couple of months. 


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