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Okay, Here is my situation. This is my 3rd pregnancy/ 2nd child. I have gestational diabetes as I had with my last pregnancy. My husband and I were on Pacificare insurance, but has since lost his job. We have been applying for aid and in the process of choosing new General Practioner, OB/GYN, and Peds. I could use some advice on who other people liked.<br><br>
My goals for this pregnancy are to try for a VBAC and as natural and non-medicated a labor and delivery as possible. Since I have GD my husband and I think its best to stick with a hospital. We were going to deliver at John Muir in Walnut Creek. I really don't want to go back to the Martinez Regional Med. Center. I wouldn't mind going to Alta Bates in Berkeley for OB and delivery, but I'd rather have my GP and Peds closer to home. I would also love to hear from anyone who has been in a similar situation...with gestational diabetes and pregnancy and who wanted a vaginal, non-medicated birth. Were you able to do it. Ideally I would love a normal low-risk pregnancy that would allow me to feel that I could go with a midwife if not a home birth. We are looking into getting a doula for this one. Thanks. Sorry about the rambling.
 

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Have you tried this thread in the Finding Your Tribe section? You may have more luck finding people who know the area you're speaking of. Personally, I"m on the other side of the country, so I can't help you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Sorry! Good luck!
 

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I'm just south of Walnut Creek and I don't know of any great doctors really since the last one and this one will be born at home with a midwife but perhaps her back up doctor, Dr.Bleeker in Pleasanton might be supportive. They used to run a birth center together.
 

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I used to live in Antioch until about 9 months ago when I moved to Concord. My first birth was actually attended be Dr Bleeker in Pleasanton. I had planned on giving birth at the birth center with a midwife, but I was two weeks overdue, so I was no longer considered "low risk" so I gave birth at the hospital with Dr Bleeker. I can't say I was happy with everything, It was not the natural birth that I wanted, but as far as OBs go, he was very understanding that I wanted everything as natural as possible and made sure the baby was placed immediately on me after birth etc. I liked him, but I have to admit that unfortunately I did not know him that well when I gave birth, because I had been seeing the midwives most of the time for prenatal care. I am now on Kaiser, so he's not an option, but after a midwife birth, he would be next on my list. I hope you find someone that you like and feel comfortable with!
 

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Just a thought...don't know if you found insurance or not. When I got pregnant with DS we had no insurance. I applied for the AIM program through California...its for those that make too much to qualify for Medi-cal, but can't afford the higher insurances...and its only for maternity. They make your monthly payment off of your income. Its a really good program and as soon as the baby is born, they enroll him/her in Healthy Families utnil you get insurance on your own. That way the baby is covered for everything as well. With my son being a c/s, hospital charges ran about $40,000 and we paid about $1000 out of pocket over the nine months, which was doable.<br><br>
As far as dr.'s go, it has a pretty extensive list of the dr's that take the insurance.
 
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