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Hi! My ob is affiliated through NYU Med Center and I'm trying to find out if they are amenable to natural birth there? Has anyone had any experiences they can share?<br><br>
Thanks so much!
 

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I don't know anyone who has birthed there, but here are some statistics about <a href="http://choicesinchildbirth.org/nyshlis/hospital_stat.htm?nydh_code=N1189&year=2005" target="_blank">NYUMC's interventions rates</a>, if that can help you.
 

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Hi there, I delivered my son at NYU in Dec 06. I went there because my OB is affiliated, too. I am German, so I had to get used to the American health system first (which leans more towards medication, intervention et cetera IMO). For example, I had always dreamed of a water birth, but my OB practically laughed at me and said in the US that is only possible in a birthing center. What do you mean by natural birth? Of course it is your choice of having an epidural or not (I was glad I had one). My delivery was not a smooth one, so I was lucky to be able to rely on my OB who really did a great job (I wanted to avoid a c-section by all means).<br><br>
To make it short: my delivery experience was a professional one, but I have to credit my OB for that, not the hospital I guess. The after-care was not a pleasant experience, nurses were everything from kind and helpful to rude and negligent. But the lactation consultant was awesome and very helpful and another big plus for me was that they don't give newborns the Hep B shot.
 

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NO!! They all talk the talk but when it comes down to it they go against the moms wishes. I was with a dr once who actually used a vacuum just to show the resident how to use it. This was a first time mom who was crowning after only 30 min of pushing....I was sick but as a doula you are in a very tricky spot when things like that happen. Anyway....if you feel like the hospital is the best place for you I would go to St Lukes Roosevelt and get a doula.
 

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They are not known for unmedicated births, even the midwives who practice there. My SIL had an unnecesssary c-section there and went elsewhere for a vbac with #2. This is not uncommon for them because they take a very managed approach to labor and the intevention rate is enormous because of it.<br><br>
If you'd like suggestions about other places/care providers, there are many places where you might find your chances of having the birth you'd like are higher. Congrats on your pregnancy and best wishes for a beautiful birth.
 

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BrooklynDoula and mrscunning14: the more I think about your posts, the more I question my delivery experience. It was my first delivery, so of course I was scared and trusted everything they did. But now that you mention the intervention rate, I am wondering whether I really needed that horribly painful and for my baby risky vacuum extraction??? At that time I had been pushing for almost 3 hours and my OB said that the vacuum would be his last resort before c-section.<br><br>
But what concerns me the most now: one of you said they give shots? I was told several times because I kept asking them that they do NOT give the Hep B shot. I guess only Vit K and the eye thing. Do you have any information on the Hep B and wouldn't I have received documentation if he was injected?
 

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I did not say anything about giving shots, I think that was another poster, but if they gave your child Hep B there would be a record of this with the State Immunization Registry which is on Worth Street in Manhattan. You can contact them at 212-676-2323 and they can send you a form to fill out to request your child's entire vaccine history. If they gave Hep B, it would be recorded there for sure. It is likely, however, that your child did not get this vaccine without your knowledge, as that would be a very serious violation of your rights and standard health care procedures for your child.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">BrooklynDoula and mrscunning14: the more I think about your posts, the more I question my delivery experience. It was my first delivery, so of course I was scared and trusted everything they did. But now that you mention the intervention rate, I am wondering whether I really needed that horribly painful and for my baby risky vacuum extraction??? At that time I had been pushing for almost 3 hours and my OB said that the vacuum would be his last resort before c-section.</div>
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Was your Dr a Dr W??
 

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No, a Dr K.<br><br>
Bookgirl76: My experience at <i>that</i> time was ok. I was a first-time mom and didn't know any better. But like mrscunning14, I was traumatized for several days if not weeks and thought that all birthing experiences are like that. I remember that in the first weeks after delivery, I wholeheartedly commiserated with all the pregnant women on the street who had their delivery still to come. I think this speaks for itself. So I guess if you are leaning towards natural birth, this is not the place to recommend. Being pregnant and having a baby is the most wonderful gift of all, so you should also have a delivery you remember positively. All best to you!!
 

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Have to agree with the negative comments made here. My sister is one of their maternity ward nurses (she is a natural-birth and breastfeeding advocate herself). She is very unhappy at what she observes next door in L&D every shift - highly over-managed labor is the norm, the induction rate is spectacularly high, and she ends up with at least half the moms she cares for recovering from c-sections on any given night. Forget having a natural birth, if you get out of there without a surgical scar you could consider yourself very lucky.<br><br>
I think they may have made some improvements in the post-partum experience since you were there, mrscunning. My understanding from my sis is that they have overhauled their approach and philosophy to promote breastfeeding, avoid separations, encourage rooming-in, care for mother-baby "couplets" holistically, etc. That said, there may still be nurses left over from the old school who are behaving differently - retraining and changing attitudes of staff is an issue for many hospitals. And, the crowding is a real issue. They OFTEN over-flow the maternity ward, which makes it very challenging for the staff to provide good service and care. And even on a good day, 90% of their rooms are semi-private (shared). So: dads can't stay overnight; visiting hours are minima; you may be trying to breastfeed with someone else's entire family squeezed into the room; if you both try to have baby room-in there's barely space for the two bassinets and the nurse to work around you - etc.<br><br>
All this is just to confirm that if at all possible, you should look into alternative hospitals in NYC. These comments are not isolated experiences, I've been hearing about this day in and day out for a year now.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">FWIW, here is NYU's site:<br><br><a href="http://www.nyubaby.org/" target="_blank">http://www.nyubaby.org/</a><br><br>
It looks so nice and professional, but it was VERY medicalized and VERY intervention heavy (to say the LEAST!). If you have to give birth in the hospital in NYC, this is not the place to do it.<br><br>
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I checked out their website out of curiousity. On the L&D Nursing page they say their nurses care for over 4,000 patients including "<i>patents</i> {their typo not mine} who undergo Cesarean section and other minor obstetrical procedures". Anyone who's ever had a c-sec would beg to differ that it is a "minor obstetrical procedure". That should tell you something right there....<br><br>
Hope you find a great place for you to birth!
 

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My midwife, who is <i>very</i> mainstream, had privileges at NYU and left there after years because she thought it was a factory. She had patients on gurneys in hallways... Anyway, had a very good if very mainstream birth experience at St. Vincent's in the Village.<br><br>
(FWIW, this was 2005.)
 
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