I've been living in Austin for about a year and been seeing an internist for my woman well care needs. Well, on Wednesday I got a bfp
. This is a long post, so I thank you soo much in advance for reading (and hopefully commenting).
This would be our first baby, so hubby and I are still trying to figure out everything. Unfortunately, we don't have any family or close friends out here, and since we don't want to tell anyone until at least after the 1st trimester (well we told our parents
), I really really need help finding a practitioner and birthing facility.
Initially, I thought I wanted a hospital birth, but after reading about birthing centers, a birthing center is sort of appealing to me. So I am open to a hospital birth or a birthing center ..I do want a natural birth, but I will admit the thought of the pain scares me.
I am going to set up an appointment with Austin Area Birthing Center to tour their facilities. I'm not sure if DH would feel comfortable with us not being a hospital, but I think he may warm up to the idea.
I live in Northwest Austin, and we would like to chose a facility that is closer to home (no more than 30 min drive in rush hour). I don't have an OB/GYN right now (since I was seeing the internist). Since we don't have a dr, we figured that we could find try finding a hospital with good policies, and then find a doctor with hospital privledges there.So here's my question, what do you think of the policies at Seton Medical Center, Seton NW, and St. Davids NW Women Center? If you delivered at one of these hospitals, what was your experience? Would you use them again? How was the rooms? Where you given a chance to hold your baby immediately after delivery? If you were like me, and picked the hospital first and then selected a dr, why did you chose the hospital you did?
Seton NW is the closest hospital to me. However, I read really good things about St. David's Women Center. Even more complicating, is that the OBs that my internist recommended only have hospital privledges at Seton Medical Center. So that is why I am so confused!
Also, if you have any reccomendations on other birthing center facilities other than AABC in Austin (preference is in central or NW austin), please let me know.
Oh, I should mention that my internist reccommended the following doctors/practices:
--any doctors at Women's Partner in Health, particularily Dr. Donnell Oliver and Dr. Nash
--Dr. Melissa Winn
From searching online, I read good things about the following doctors:
Dr. Tara Mills and Dr. Litzinger at the Renaissance Women Group
Dr. Mikeal Love
Dr. Christina Sebestyen and Dr. Andrea Campaigne at OB/GYN North
Of the doctors listed above, I would probably use the OB/GYN North Group, unless the Seton hospitals are better (the OB/GYN North only have hospital privledges at St. David's NW Women Center).
So once again, thanks for reading! I appreciate all and any advice.