So....I was wondering if you ladies could help me at all. The only down-side is that whatever doctor it is, they will have to take Medicaid. I am not picky on whether it's a male or female doctor. I just want someone who is friendly, open minded, and understanding to what I want. My doctor back home was/ is all of these things. He delivered both of my girls, so he understands how my pregnancies go.
Also, if anyone could recommend a wonderful pediatrician, I would be so ever grateful.
Oh ya, on the pediatrician, I would prefer someone who is open minded as well. We are planning (as of this moment) to not vaccinate our baby. And we are planning on doing the whole attachment parenting/ babywearing, so open minded is a must.
Dana- wife to wonderful DH, and a non vaxed happy heathly 2 yr old!
As far as the OB/GYN, I am totally open and insist on having an epidural. And more than likely I will be induced as well, as I was with both of my girls. Not b/c of my doctor wanted me to (in fact, he wanted me to wait until I went naturally), but b/c I had been in active labor with both of them for over a month and wasn't dialating. When it happened again with Valerie, he finally explained it to me as even though I might be doing everything correctly, my body wasn't cooperating. Meaning, instead of pushing the baby down, the baby was actually being pushed up. Kind of weird. No real explanation to it either. So we had already planned on being induced with Merrick. Plus, once I am in labor, I go really fast (like six hours and four hours), so my doctor thinks that this labor will only be something like two hours.
I believe that obgyn north does not take medicaid, thought they are talking about it.
As for pediatricians, here is a reply that I just posted to another thread...
We love, love, love South Oaks Family Family Medicine (next to Seton Southwest Hospital). Dr. Cox is amazing. The wholes staff there is great (doctors, nurses, P.A., N.P.). We no longer vaccinate at all. Dr. Steigler did give me her opinion about our 12 month old needing his DTP, but she didn't push it when I told her that I appreciated her sharing her opinion with her and then moved on. Dr. Cox is so respectful of a parent's right to choose if they will vaccinate or not. Even if you choose to vaccinate he will tell you which shots he thinks are unnecessary. They never push meds unless they think it's really necessary.
We used Dr. Woods at ADC South (she takes Medicaid) until we started researching vaccines and she did not take well to us questioning her medical authority.
Did I mention that we love Dr Cox and his practice? I also love the fact that since they are a family practice the whole family can see them. Oh, another added bonus is that since they are family practice the waiting room is not full of sick kids. I felt like every time my kids went to the pediatrician before for a well child visit they would get sick a few days later. They take Chip but not Medicaid.
As far as Pediatricians go, I see Kangos Pediatrics up North (620-183 area). We are no-vax, they are also supportive of HB and the MW doing the first few weeks of well checking, but they do say they will do it also. Our son was on Hempmilk from 8 mo on, and they were unsure at first, then supportive when we talked about it, so I'd say they are pretty open minded.
It sounds like the prodromal labor you have (and this is obviously unsolicited advice) may be due to a funky positioned baby? You know, not on the cervix fully, so it doesn't stimulate effective contractions, or dilating contractions. Maybe look into chiropractic care? I use Health first chiropractic with Dr. Bradley Holden, it helps open the pelvis as much as possible prenatally so the baby can move into the best position. Not only posterior vs anterior, but asynclitism too. Just a thought.
I just moved to Austin and had heard wonderful things about Dr. Sebestyen, but found out that practice stopped accepting Medicaid patients two months ago. OBGYN North did, however, refer me to another practice (who I found out some friends had delivered through and loved!), Renaissance Women's Group. I'm seeing Dr. Montalvo and EVERY single person I've come into contact with through that practice has been amazing! Good luck!