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For anyone who has given birth in Oklahoma City and used an OB...what doctors have you had experiences with and which hospital did you give birth at?

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My OB with 5 pgs was Tallerico. His practice is in south Edmond. I've liked him because he never pressured me with tests, induction, etc. He pretty much let me tell him what I wanted. He's very hands off, but a little aloof, too. Doesn't spend a whole lot of time with you if everything is great. I've had easy pgs. I liked it better when he delivered at the Renaissance center in Edmond, but it closed. The last baby was born at Mercy. The nurses were great! They left me alone to labor only checking on me preiodically. One of them actually caught the last baby because the dr didn't make it in time (one of the bad things about being 15mins away from the hospital.)

The only caution about Mercy I have is one of the staff peds called CPS on us for medical neglect. We had the audacity to decline standard procedures for newborns and to want to go home that evening with baby #6!

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I had a WONDERFUL all natural water birth at OU Med Center with Anne Stewart.. an amazing CNM. I can't speak more highly of the facility (They don't have a nursery -- rooming in is the norm!!) and the staff...
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I had an all natural unmedicated birth with my son at OU Medical Center with Leanna Harkess, one of the CNMs. She was great. I labored in the tub, but delivered out of the tub which is what I planned. OU Medical Center was great. I also had a birthplan and the nurses actually read it and followed it exactly.
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I also had a wonderful experience at OU medical using a midwife (Ann Stewart actually!) I agree with what the previous posters said and wanted to add, they have GREAT FOOD!
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I am currently seeing Pauline Lisle, a CNM at OU Medical and I LOVE her and the staff. I feel like they are keeping track of me but are not pushy with regard to invasive procedures.

I'm also happy to hear all the great things about birthing at OU. I plan to labor in the tub and birth outside of it. I had planned a water birth but Pauline told me the hospital has temporarily halted water births while they review their tub safety. They don't currently have 360 degree access and they feel that is not safe should something happen to a mom and the staff need to pull her from the tub in an emergency. (I'm pretty sure this is accurate but don't hold me to the fire on every detail.)

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I am currently seeing Pauline Lisle, a CNM at OU Medical and I LOVE her and the staff. I feel like they are keeping track of me but are not pushy with regard to invasive procedures.

I'm also happy to hear all the great things about birthing at OU. I plan to labor in the tub and birth outside of it. I had planned a water birth but Pauline told me the hospital has temporarily halted water births while they review their tub safety. They don't currently have 360 degree access and they feel that is not safe should something happen to a mom and the staff need to pull her from the tub in an emergency. (I'm pretty sure this is accurate but don't hold me to the fire on every detail.)
That's unfortunate! I just had a water birth at OU with Ann Stewart in August. Hopefully they start allowing them again soon.
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I wonder if Mulligan was just so different the few times I saw her because she was standing in for her mom then. One of those 'bite your tongue, it's not your patient' because she never said anything to me. Glad to know the info, I have friends (who def are not MDC material ) who have said they liked her.

Personally, we UC now, but if we needed someone we'd get a midwife.

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I delivered at home with CMS in Norman, but, their backup is Dr Ryan in OKC and I really liked him. I would go to him if I needed a doctor. (I had to use him after delivery for a pretty severe case of mastitis he and his staff were awesome.
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I've also heard Dr. Ryan is pretty good--had two friends who used him, one was an MDC-type mom and one was not, but both felt he was very respectful of them. But he wasn't covered on my insurance when it was my turn to look...so still going with the Dr. Saunders rec for you! =)
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i worked at norman regional for a while in their birth center and you couldnt pay me to have a baby there. the only drs i would even consider letting touch me were bethel or resender, but then again they both have mulligan as their back-up and i wouldnt let her go near me unless i needed an emergency c-section. (she has a crappy bedside manner but she IS a good surgeon). i might consider seeing dr ollar-shoemake if i knew for sure that she would be attending my delivery but i wouldnt use any of her partners.
ITA with everything about OUMC. my best friend is planning her 2nd baby w/ ann stewart and loves her. i work at OUMC as well and really liked all the midwives. if were still in the okc area that is where i would go.
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Just a quick correction to my previous post in this thread. I met with Ann Stewart today for my regular midwife appointment and found out that OU is STILL DOING water births!

Apparently it is just Pauline who is not doing them until some issue with the tubs is resolved.

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Gentle reminder-- MDC cannot host potentially defamatory posts. Please take the negatives to PM. Thanks!
Thanks for the reminder. Just out of curiosity, are we allowed to talk about negative experiences? Where exactly is the line between sharing information that would be useful to other mom's and being defamatory?

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That's a good question, and one the admins are trying to work out. Right now it's sort of like the Supreme Court's definition of porn-- we may not be able to define it, but we know it when we see it.

One guiding factor is that if you're posting with the purpose of taking business away from someone/stopping people from patronizing that person, it's something we can't host.

Sorry I can't pin it down better!

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That's a good question, and one the admins are trying to work out. Right now it's sort of like the Supreme Court's definition of porn-- we may not be able to define it, but we know it when we see it.

One guiding factor is that if you're posting with the purpose of taking business away from someone/stopping people from patronizing that person, it's something we can't host.

Sorry I can't pin it down better!

No, I think I understand...
So it would be ok to say, "My experience with Dr. Soandso was pretty negative. I felt that she....

And not OK to say, "Don't ever go to this doctor, she was HORRIBLE"

Does that sound right? Sharing your experience would be ok, but speaking negatively about the person is not?

I think this is a hard issue when talking about birth experiences because emotions are so charged...

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I believe that if you stick with facts and your intent is not to stop people from going there, you're OK. But your best bet would be to PM an administrator if you need further clarification.

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i used cms in norman for my pregnancy but had to have my baby at st anthony's with dr ryan's attending. dr ryan was on his way but didn't get there in time because i my water broke at home and the baby was born at saints an hour later! dr ryan was great though about wanting to give me just the birth that i wanted. my actual birth went so quickly and was so chaotic that his attending put me in stirrups b/c she didn't know that i didn't want that. when dr ryan got there and found out about the stirrups he was furious! he really fights for what his patients want. if i ever needed a dr. i would definitely use him. i've heard great things about the cnm's at ou too.

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We had a baby in August 2007 at Mercy Hopsital in OKC, and we saw Dr. Darren Goff. He is great. I also work at Mercy, so knew my doc beforehand. We planned a waterbirth, and I brought my own pool purchased from waterbirth.org (birth pool in a box mini).
Her birth went great, and after that Mercy developed a policy allowing for future waterbirths as long as the family brings their own pool, sets it up, and breaks it down themselves. They only have showers in the bathrooms. Dr. Goff is very open to doing more waterbirths, and I would highly recommend him for a natural labor and birth. He attends all his own pateint's births and so there's never an on call doc showing up that you've never met before to deliver your baby.
I will say most moms choose epidurals at Mercy and the c-section rate is definitely higher than OU Med Center, but that has a lot to do with the doctor you see. Dr. Goff is one of the docs there who supports families in whatever type of birth they want. I knwo he also delivers at Baptist and OU med Center occasionally, but mostly Mercy.
We are planning our next waterbirth there in about three weeks, and I am using the same birth pool as last time. It went perfect last time with the setup, shower adapter, filling and draining, etc. so we anticipate the same again.
I know the nurses there that are very supportive of natural birth/waterbirth, so if you are planning a delivery there, or just have questions, feel free to pm me. I also make an attempt to assist with the waterbirths there, since I am the staff member with the most experience with waterbirth at this time.
Will have to post an update in a few weeks after we have our birth there.
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i used cms in norman for my pregnancy but had to have my baby at st anthony's with dr ryan's attending. dr ryan was on his way but didn't get there in time because i my water broke at home and the baby was born at saints an hour later! dr ryan was great though about wanting to give me just the birth that i wanted. my actual birth went so quickly and was so chaotic that his attending put me in stirrups b/c she didn't know that i didn't want that. when dr ryan got there and found out about the stirrups he was furious! he really fights for what his patients want. if i ever needed a dr. i would definitely use him. i've heard great things about the cnm's at ou too.
The same thing happened to me. I had to be induced do to unforeseen medical problems and I had to transfer to Dr. Ryan. He let me use a breatpump and broke my water to avoid pitt. on the advice of the CMS midwives. It worked! There are not many OB's who would let you do that.

I also delivered at Mercy, although Dr. Ryan usually uses St. Anthony's. The nurses where very supportive of my alternative induction methods and encouraged me to use a birth ball and walk. I wish I would have known that birth pools are allowed. I had no idea! I had one all ready for my homebirth. My baby was also never taken from me, and I held her for a good half hour before I allowed newborn procedures.
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The only caution about Mercy I have is one of the staff peds called CPS on us for medical neglect. We had the audacity to decline standard procedures for newborns and to want to go home that evening with baby #6!
You are not the only one this has happened to at Mercy. I know others. If you plan on declining ANYTHING for the newborn be prepared to have the govt at your door.

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That's unfortunate! I just had a water birth at OU with Ann Stewart in August. Hopefully they start allowing them again soon.
My understanding is its more of a "Oops, look at that she was still in the tub" *wink wink* The OBs at OUMC say no waterbirth.

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I've also heard Dr. Ryan is pretty good--had two friends who used him, one was an MDC-type mom and one was not, but both felt he was very respectful of them. But he wasn't covered on my insurance when it was my turn to look...so still going with the Dr. Saunders rec for you! =)
Saunders is gone moved out of state.


I am using Miles who delievered DD2 because Saunders was too busy moving : , but my next appt is with Stewart. I had an appt with her once with DD2 and she told me all the things I *HAD* to do because I am VBAC, she seemed kinda pushy to me at the time so I didn't use her. I will be telling her at my appt that I will be declining everything this time and if she says she will not take me then I will probably be using the HB MWs in norman.

DD1 was born at integris..... I will never go there again even if they took VBACs..... :

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I live in Mustang ok anyone know a good obgyn thats not going to hassle me on vaccines.

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Aimee, I'm in Yukon! I delivered my second baby with Elisa Crouse down at OU. She is great, and will not say one word about vaccines if you choose not to do them. She once told me that as long as I and the baby were doing okay, she didn't care if I gave birth standing on my head!

I would avoid the OBs at the Yukon hospital if you want anything other than a conventional L&D. I used Dr. Beeson with my first, and while she has a great bedside manner, she and I had pretty different philosophies about birth when it came right down to it. And I was lead to believe that we were on the same page, until I was in labor longer than she thought I should be without "help" in the form of pitocin.

Anyway, I highly recommend Dr. Crouse! She intended to become a midwife, but decided to get the MD for those "just in case" times, and her bedside manner highly reflects that!

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Some one her mentioned Dr.Goff, He was recommeded to me buy a doula and she said he has done water births in a hospital for some. For those who have used him did it work out the way you planned? We would like to do a water birth and I was looking into getting a birthing tub but I don't really know what I am looking for and what supplies I would need. How does filling it and draining it work in the hospital?


Sorry I should have intro'ed myself first, I am Amber this is my first time to MDC and I came across this forum in a search for Dr.Goff. I have 3 girls already and this will be my 3rd NCB. Any info would be helpful.
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I would also be interested in the question above. We are planning on TTC next year and I would love to have a waterbirth in a hospital and it seems like that is the only option. It helps that we are 5 mins away from Mercy too! How accomodating is Mercy for waterbirths? I feel silly thinking about bringing a big tub in the hospital room...especially if I feel like I can't handle it and want an epidural anyways - I have low pain tolerance but I'm trying to think positive and set myself up for success rather than failure.

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I would also be interested in the question above. We are planning on TTC next year and I would love to have a waterbirth in a hospital and it seems like that is the only option. It helps that we are 5 mins away from Mercy too! How accomodating is Mercy for waterbirths? I feel silly thinking about bringing a big tub in the hospital room...especially if I feel like I can't handle it and want an epidural anyways - I have low pain tolerance but I'm trying to think positive and set myself up for success rather than failure.
I would actually check out the OU midwives as well!
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I would actually check out the OU midwives as well!
Last time I checked (a few months ago), OU was not doing waterbirths. Have they decided to start doing them again? I used Pauline Lisle with my first pregnancy but had to switch to a doctor (who I didn't like) the last couple of months due to insurance change

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Last time I checked (a few months ago), OU was not doing waterbirths. Have they decided to start doing them again? I used Pauline Lisle with my first pregnancy but had to switch to a doctor (who I didn't like) the last couple of months due to insurance change
From my understanding they have to say no, whether or not they will still "let" you give birth in the tub (as in "oops, it happened so fast I couldn't get her out") I don't know.

I totally agree with lanabug Crouse was great! She ended up delivery DD3 and was wonderful.

Only one intern at OU med gave me crap for not vaxing w/ DD2 and I told her to bugger off. Didn't have any problems w/ DD3. Its the ped staff at the hospital you have to worry about. The OBs don't care.

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