Originally Posted by Bonbonne
I recently relocated to San Antonio, and am still trying to get the lay of the land, medically. I'm juuuuust pregnant, and am trying to find out where the best hospital would be here for a respectful and naturally minded cesarean. I'm sure that sounds contradictory
but I'm no longer in the running for a VBAC, and have grieved hard for my previous surgeries...I'm *told* that there are actually hospitals in the world that don't force separation from the baby during recovery, that don't look at you like some kind of freak for declining routine treatments, that even allow for initiating nursing - with husband's help - while they finish up things down south. Is there any hope of finding this here? And once I find the best hospital, of course, I'll need recommendations for an OB who is a crackerjack surgeon *and* respectful, sympathetic and "crunchy".
You want to stay away from Methodist. It is all pretty and spa-like but they have a reputation for keeping mothers and babies separated. I know doulas who refuse to attend births there now they are so NOT mother-baby friendly. Although I have had very positive experiences at the Children's Hospital I wouldn't birth there.
The 'crunchiest' hospital is probably St. Luke's. To the best of my knowledge it is the only hospital that does mother-baby nursing instead of PP nurse for mom and nursery nurse for baby. The only CNM's in the city that deliver, deliver there.
As for crackerjack surgeon and as crunchy as an OB can one would be Gail Vanwingerden at Riverwalk. She did homebirths way back when, is still pretty open to natural birth but from what I understand is a pretty skilled surgeon too. She is not warm and fuzzy, at all. Her schedule is over-crowded and you wait forever but she will respect your wishes ( I know this from experience, not rumor). She uses North Central Baptist. Nice hospital, decent nursery nurses, awesome NICU and neonatalogists. Dr. Wearden is just wonderful and extremely pro-breastfeeding. I can't recommend her highly enough.
I'm currently seeing Dr. Kuhl at Lonestar OB-gyn he is very sweet, mild-mannered and talkative. A lot of the 'crunchier' mom's who need an OB in SA see him. He uses St. Lukes and Methodist. I'm going to St. Lukes.
There is another group, all women OB's, Women Partners in OB-Gyn that I've heard a few people recommend but I don't have any details so I give that recommendation with hesitation.