I noticed there were a few threads mentioning the midwives at Mount Auburn, and feelings seem to be mixed about maternity services there. I tried to get an appointment with Dr. Beth Hardiman because I would really like to work with one OB and/or one midwife (who wouldnt?
), but unfortunately she has a 5-person waiting list for February 2009. A friend of mine is delivering at the Cambridge Birthing Center at the end of this month, but I would prefer to deliver in a hospital that is natural-birth friendly.
Dr. Hardiman's office recommended two OBs: Dr. Maureen Cook (Lexington) and Dr. Amy McGaraghan (Center for Women, Mount Auburn). Dr. Cook practices alone but delivers with the other OBs at Mount Auburn. So, either way, there's a good chance I won't be all too familiar with my OB at the time of delivery. I decided to schedule an appointment with Dr. McGaraghan since I live in Cambridge, but I was wondering if anyone could share their experiences with the OBs, nurses, and midwives at the Center for Women.
Since I know that both Dr. Cook and Dr. McGaraghan might assist in the delivery, I feel somewhat reassured. However, I don't know if the other OBs can be trusted to facilitate a less invasive birth. I'm probably running out of options at this point (not so interested in a homebirth or birthing center), but it doesn't hurt to know what I might be getting myself into. I will definitely have a doula, which I know will help reduce my chances of having a c-section.
I was originally linked into the Brigham and Women's system because of my health insurance, but after reading so many negative reviews, I decided to transfer. Newton-Wellesley sounds nice, but it's much too far away for a wintry due date!