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#1 of 4 Old 08-27-2009, 12:38 AM - Thread Starter
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I was wondering if any of you can comment on previous or current experiences with Phoenix Perinatal Associates in Phoenix, Arizona. I had first visits with three different OB's that said they were high-risk, but not high enough to take me on, and each referred me to Phoenix Perinatal, so I gave in. So far I am not impressed. They are a large research high-risk practice, but the office issues are not comforting. They only deliver at hospitals I have no interest in, but I don't have a choice I guess. I can't tell if the doctor I have seen is just paying lip service or if he is all for natural childbirth. Their intervention rates are irrelevant to my situation. Baby is fine and there is only one.

Worse, I live several hours away, and they don't seem to understand that travel + hotel for several visits a month is pretty prohibitive, then the schedule goes to 2-3 visits per week. Worst, my disability is unlikely to cause labor and delivery problems, but the potential problems could be fatal to both. I understand the liability and concern from that stand point, but I'm really finding the whole high-risk thing to be disturbing on many levels.


Any insight on this practice would be greatly appreciated.
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pm'd ya
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We just started seeing that practice. The visits are pretty long and involved, but they explained to us that they are a high-risk practice, and it is what they do. The doctor we saw hadn't ever heard of where we lived, but they do see people from literally all over the world. Did you explain just how far you lived?

I'm not suggesting you do this, but I carefully evaluate if everything (visit, test, etc.) has any therapeutic value. If the answer is no, I am less likely to do it. If they just want me to come in for a visit (no exam, no tests, just a how's your mother), I schedule it then cancel it. I mean, they want us to come in every week then a month from now we start 2-3x a week, so I schedule those while I am there (because they are on the flow sheet), then call and cancel later. I understand the time and money involved. That doesn't work for everyone, and if you aren't (or baby?) in a constant life or death situation, you might not need to come in for weekly tea.

But good luck, and maybe some of us can meet up with you for lunch while yo uare in the area.
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Can you tell us who the docs are there? I might be familiar with some of them and i can PM you some info.
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