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I need help! I am a compulsive researcher and I am trying to pin down some stuff before I even know I'm pregnant! I currently go to Dr. Angela Falany in Woodstock but I can't drive out there with my schedule now and really don't want to birth out at Northside Cherokee. We live in Cartersville. We checked out the Cartersville Medical Center today and I thought it was ok. There is a practice out here with midwives, but if i'm not too sure about the hospital, ya know?.......<br>
We are going to make an appointment with Kennestone to tour the facility there. I have heard some good things about their center and they took good care of my mom when she had cancer. I was born there (in the old building)!<br><br>
Ok I will stop rambling.... here are my actual questions....<br>
1. Anyone had experience with Cartersville Medical center or Cartersville Ob.Gyn (midwives)?<br><br>
2. Natural birth experiences at Kennestone? In specific will they let you birth in a squatting position? This makes sense to me....<br><br>
3. Experience with Ob/Gyn Marietta (Dr. Espy's group with midwives-----Dr. Espy delivered me, but I truly want a midwife experience)<br><br>
Any help appreciated!!!!!<br>
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Hi, Sara!<br>
I have no real information to offer regarding Cartersville except that I have heard (from a past clients sister who gave birth there in the last 18 months), that she was treated very well and was able to have the birth she wanted. As for Kennestone, the majority of my experiences have been good there. When I was doing dual care with my last pregnancy (and for my 2 previous pregnancies), I went to Kennestone OB/GYN. I have also worked with this practice a lot and have had great experiences with them almost every time. This being said, there are a couple of OB's in that practice that I would not allow anywhere near anyone I know. And just as with anything else, some of the midwives are better than others with Merilee being the best one by far, from personal and professional experience. With regard to the other group mentioned, do they have midwives? There are 2 practices with very similar names and one has them and the other does not, but used to some time ago. If it is the one with the midwives, I have only worked with them once and had a good experience (although this mom knew she wanted an epidural from the start). I have another client due 9/9 that also goes to that practice and will most likely deliver with a midwife so I can let you know on that one.<br><br>
As for Kennestone in general and their policies and procedures, I can only tell you that it is very dependent on your care provider what you will and will not have to fight for. I have seen someone push in a squatting position so I do know that it is possible. I personally have given birth there and refused the IV (including hep-lock), blood draw, efm (except with doppler while in the tub), pit after the birth, etc. So from one hippie to another - you can have the birth you want, but you have to be willing to fight for it and sometimes that is hard to do during labor. And I just wasn't willing to fight again so I chose to have my last child at home!<br><br>
I hope you find this helpful and please let me know if I can answer any other questions for you!
 

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Of course having a doula there to remind me of what I want could help. If you know anyone good......... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/Sheepish.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sheepish">:<br><br>
I will PM you with the exact practices that I am looking at. theyall have CNMs and are on my insurance (very important).<br><br>
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I used Dr. Espy's group for my last delivery and loved, loved, loved giving birth at Kennestone. The nurses are not bullies when it comes to the birth you want but you have to be willing to communicate your needs and wants.
 

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Hi Paulding Co, Mom! I teach in Paulding... small world!<br>
Thanks for the advice , I truly appreciate it.<br><br>
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Just wanted to dust this one off and bump it. I am particularly interested in natural childbirth experiences with midwives who deliver out of Kennestone.<br><br>
Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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If you're set on a hospital, North Fulton is worth the drive.<br><a href="http://www.isisobgyn.com" target="_blank">www.isisobgyn.com</a>
 

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Hey! I started this thread!<br><br>
Just in case anyone is curious, i went with OB/GYN associates in marietta. Went to the midwives there. Got low amniotic fluid and they were going to induce me but by that evening Rhiannon was coming on her own. Kennestone never pressured me to get pain meds but when i did request them [after it was discovered that rhiannon was stuck!] they got on it. I sat in the tub for awhile before that, it was nice but really made the contractions come on like gangbusters. finally had to have one of the regular obs come in and after 17 hours, rhiannon was there! afterwards everyone was kind, lactation nurses very helpful. so anyhoo, almost three years later, an update!
 

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Thanks for the update Sara. If you don't mind me asking, how did they discover your fluid was low? Where you approaching 41-42 weeks and they performed an ultrasound or was it just a routine ultrasound?<br><br>
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I think that it depends a great deal on who your nurse and care providers are. I delivered my first two at Kennestone, but am delivering this babe at North Fulton. I found that I was fighting for everything at Kennestone, even WALKING. I didn't have any BAD nurses in either birth, but certainly ones that thought they knew how to deliver my baby better than I did.<br><br>
Sublime posted isisobgyn.com, and that's who I'm going with. N. Fulton will let you do water births, and that's what I'm planning. It's not easy to find someone for that, let me tell you. I switched practices at 36 weeks to them, and Kay Johnson has been WONDERFUL. I was with Kennestone ob/gyn, and had a bad experience with two of the midwives. I feel like Kay is still "medical" in some ways, but for sure respectful of my choices.<br><br>
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I had my first two babies Cartersville Medical Center. (my 3rd was at home) I would choose that over Kennestone any day. Most of my friends/family have birthed at Kennestone and the treatment there has been less than stellar. I was very well cared for in C'ville and always have been.<br><br>
I used Carterville OB/GYN and I highly recommend their practice. I had been going there since I was 18 years old. They have 3 midwives at their practice, E. Jean Day, R.N., C.N.M, Macie Self, R.N., C.N.M, and Cynthia S. Wallace, R.N., C.N.M. I have only had experience with Jean whom I love, love and she has been with the practice for many years. She is very soft spoken and gentle. The other ladies weren't at the practice when I was there.<br><br>
Good luck and please let me know if I can answer more questions.
 

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Thanks for your response Celeste. Did you find the hospital to be natural childbirth friendly. Was laboring in a tub and option. How about hep locks and telemetry or intermittent monitoring?<br><br>
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Well, I would certainly have to revise my earlier post....sadly. A lot of things have changed at Kennestone in the last several years including the recent implementation of a well baby nursery. So much has changed in fact, that I am no longer comfortable recommending them or any practice out of there. Sadly, sinsaratea's experience with the induction for "low amniotic fluid" is pretty standard with the practice she went to. Can't even begin to tell you how many women they have induced for low or no amniotic fluid.....kinda think it's their way of talking people into inductions that are convenient for the careproviders.<br><br>
The only hospital I would recommend would be North Fulton with Isis OB/GYN specifically. Other than that, if you are looking for an unmedicated birth, you should stay home.
 

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For anyone still looking, I just had my baby Sunday night at North Fulton with Kay Johnson at Isis. I cannot recommend either of them highly enough. Seriously, they followed my birth plan to a T. I didn't have to say a word about it from L&D to recovery to nursery (she didn't stay in there, but they do the screens and any vax/eye drops/vit k you'd allow in there, along with weighing and a bath if you choose).<br><br>
Kay was amazing, the nursing staff was kind and respectful, even the techs were great. The food was bad, but hello, it's a hospital. Oh! But after I delivered and they got me to recovery, my tech brought me a basket of snacks and a turkey sandwich and beverage even though it was midnight. It was seriously the most perfect experience I could have asked for, much better than my previous two births (both at Kennestone)!<br><br>
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The last time I birthed there was over 8 1/2 years ago. (I had my last baby at home.) At that time they did not have a laboring tub. They pretty much let me make the decisions regarding my labor and delivery. (and I didn't make any <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">, didn't know any better) Nothing was forced and they always asked me first. I think that you would probably want to speak to a particular doctor or midwife about the hep locks and telemetry or intermittent monitoring.
 

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I've had two births at Cartersville Medical Center, a c-section for breech presentation in 2003, and a natural VBAC in 2006. I use the midwives at Cartersville OBGYN, and I have had nothing but positive experiences with them. Laboring in a tub at the Cartersville Hospital is not an option, but each L&D room has a shower that you can use. I had an IV with my VBAC birth (my choice), but my nurse read my birthplan and was extremely supportive of my desire for a natural VBAC. I had my doula and my DH with me, also. My c-section experience was also very positive, though totally different, of course. Hope that helps!
 

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im very interested in this thread. I have been seeing ob/gyn Dr. Pitcher of Kennestone and I have been disappointed with how obviously overbooked she is. My husband and I waited almost three hours just for a 15 min pregnancy checkup where she listened to the heartbeat and said "its fine" and that was it! It was very impersonal. Her internal exam was a bit painful and seemed like she was just rushing to get on to the next appt. It makes me wonder how long I would have to labor by myself with random nurses coming in and out of the room. I also did not like how one of the first things she mentioned as far as the hospitals amenities for laboring women was a full time anesthesiologist "just for the maternity ward!" Right so no pressure for an epidural there, huh?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Has anyone had any recent experiences at Kennestone.<br><br>
I live in Cartersville and have heard some unpleasant stories about C'ville Medical but everyones experience is different..<br><br>
I am going to see Claudia Conn in a week and was very pleased to see her mentioned here. I want a homebirth :>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">im very interested in this thread. I have been seeing ob/gyn Dr. Pitcher of Kennestone and I have been disappointed with how obviously overbooked she is. My husband and I waited almost three hours just for a 15 min pregnancy checkup where she listened to the heartbeat and said "its fine" and that was it! It was very impersonal. Her internal exam was a bit painful and seemed like she was just rushing to get on to the next appt. It makes me wonder how long I would have to labor by myself with random nurses coming in and out of the room. I also did not like how one of the first things she mentioned as far as the hospitals amenities for laboring women was a full time anesthesiologist "just for the maternity ward!" Right so no pressure for an epidural there, huh?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Has anyone had any recent experiences at Kennestone.<br><br>
I live in Cartersville and have heard some unpleasant stories about C'ville Medical but everyones experience is different..<br><br>
I am going to see Claudia Conn in a week and was very pleased to see her mentioned here. I want a homebirth :></div>
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My homebirth midwife was mentioned in this thread as well! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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