I have hardly read any reviews about her. Does anyone have positive/negative experiences with her?
Any feedback is greatly appreciated!!
M.Ed. Mama to Chunka (1/07), Beauty (5/09) and Elizabear 3/12): Birth Doula (working toward certification) AAMI Midwifery Student, Advocating with Solace for Mothers & The Birth Survey
I did not enjoy my experience at SNABC for my pregnancy. In fact, I ended up switching midwives halfway through. I had a few things that rubbed me the wrong way, but wasn't going to leave based solely on that. Here are those minor annoyances:
1. The front desk is archaic. They don't check their email often enough, so it's hard to set/change appointments online (which is important if you have a somewhat hectic schedule).
2. They could not open PDF files that I sent them, bc of their old computer.
3. They could not email me standard Forms - they could only fax them to me. Who has a fax machine at home these days? If you do, this won't be an issue for you.
4. At one of my first trimester visits, going in VERY sick and nauseaus, the receptionist decided to inform me that "some women feel the way I do for the entire 9 months." THANK YOU. NOT what I wanted to hear, after vomitting for 3 days straight and feeling like ASS.
So, as I mentioned, these things irked me, but I would not have left based solely on this criteria. I would work around these minor office-related annoyances if the fit was right.
As for the birth room, it is dark and cramped. Since I didn't actually give birth here, I can't speak to what it would be like, but based on looks alone, I'd say no. Also, if they're doing 2 births at once, the 2nd laboring mom is put into the smaller birth room, which is basically an office with a futon, and does not have a tub or bathroom.
As for care, my urine was never checked. Turned out, I did have a bladder infection at 15 weeks (which another dr had checked for me, routinely).
I did the sequential screening test, but apparently my numbers were input incorrectly, which elevated my risk number. I didn't find this out until after my amnio. >:(
There were a couple of other things that happened that I would say are too personal to write here, and also might be a "fluke" based on the fact that it is my personal experience, however based on those, I would say that overall, personally, I do not think that the care here is Top Notch.
In short it's probably just fine for a very low risk, very low anxiety pregnancy with minimal needs/expectations from care, but in my opinion, there are too many other up-to-date midwives and Birth Centers in the Seattle area to settle for SNABC.