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Hello-<br><br>
I am newly pregnant with baby #1, and live in Fairfield County.<br>
I am trying to decide what to do about birthing options and prenatal care.<br>
I really want to birth at the Danbury Birth Center, but I live over 1 hour away.<br><br>
There are some other options near my house such as: A midwifery practice that delivers at Yale, and a midwifery practice that delivers at Norwalk Hospital.<br><br>
I really wanted the option of a waterbirth, or at least a tub/jacuzzi to labor in.<br>
Yale does not provide the tub option to labor, but Norwalk does provide a tub option to for labor. Of course, at the Birth Center, I could have the water birth if I desire.<br><br>
Does anyone have any advice/opinions? I have started my prenatal care at the Birth Center, but I have also met with the midwives at both Norwalk and Yale. I am kind of hesitatant for the hospital birth b/c I do not want unneccesary interventions...however, if I birth at the birth center, I will be released 12 hours later. I may want more time and assistance, since it is my first?<br><br>
I have been at hospital births, since I am a doula, but I really want other women's advice. Any is appreciated!<br><br>
Thank you,<br>
Rhon
 

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Also, does anyone know if any good peditricians in the Fairfield County area that support breastfeeding moms, and are flexible with vaccination schedules?<br><br>
Thanks,<br>
Rhon
 

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I'll just share that my DS1 was born at the CT Childbirth Center and we had a wonderful experience there. I didn't mind the 12 hour rule at all and was glad to be back home snuggling with my baby and husband in our own space. I'm not sure what part of Fairfield County you're in but the homebirth midwife who delivered DS2 does serve Western Fairfield (the Stamford/Greenwich) area and I highly recommend her.
 

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Yeah, and it ain't a birthing pool at Norwalk, more a small bath in a confined bathroom! I have heard too many worrying stories about Norwalk to want ot have my baby there! If it were me and a homebirth weren't an option, I would go to Danbury without a shadow of a doubt.
 

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No peds that I know of in FF county that are okay with delay/selective/no Vax. There is one in Redding that is too bad though. We used them for the 2 visits that we actually bothered with ( oh...I guess that is still FF County<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">) and I understand there is another practice in Shelton that is not too bad.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah, and it ain't a birthing pool at Norwalk, more a small bath in a confined bathroom! I have heard too many worrying stories about Norwalk to want ot have my baby there! If it were me and a homebirth weren't an option, I would go to Danbury without a shadow of a doubt.</div>
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I had to transfer there from my HB...it was the worst decision of my life...I should have gone to ...well...any other hospital in the state!! I ended up suing them and hopefully some of their practices have changed due to that...but I certainly wouldn't risk it.
 

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1) there are some amazing HB midwives in CT. I used Maryellen Albini and Joan Mershan and had a "perfect" experience.<br><br>
2) I would check in with birthingpartners.com in naugatauk. They have an amazing birthing class that I would highly, highly recommend (my dd and I drove 45 min each way and NEVER regretted it). It is run by a woman who is the oldest practising doula in the state and so has the low down on most hospitals (she did not like Norwalk) and drs.<br><br>
3) we goto Brookfield family practise (or something like that) and they have been very good at my delaying vax for my dd. Just this one time I had to sign something to the effect of .. I know the risks, blah,blah...<br>
I just discovered that they will not seperate the vaxs so will be looking for another in order to do so. They are tied somehow with Danbury Hospital. Our Ped is Dr. Auerbach who for an ama is lovely, however IS AMA. The head dr there (dr mecola???) has been referred to as one of the most knowlagable breastfeeding drs in FC.<br><br>
Congrats!
 

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Thank you all so much for your input and help!!<br><br>
Much appreciated!<br><br>
Peace,<br>
Rhon
 

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<div style="text-align:center;">CONGRATULATIONS!!!</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">1) there are some amazing HB midwives in CT. I used Maryellen Albini and Joan Mershan and had a "perfect" experience.<br><br>
2) I would check in with birthingpartners.com in naugatauk. They have an amazing birthing class that I would highly, highly recommend (my dd and I drove 45 min each way and NEVER regretted it). It is run by a woman who is the oldest practising doula in the state and so has the low down on most hospitals (she did not like Norwalk) and drs.<br><br>
Congrats!</div>
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What she said!!!! I'm using Joan for the second time with this pregnancy and she's great! I love Maryellen, too. That is if you choose to homebirth though.<br><br>
Birth Partners is also a great resource.We also drove 45 minutes to get there and I looked forward to every class.<br><br>
My first birth was at the Danbury birth center and we had a great experience there, as well. I enjoyed being home 12 hours later. It's very comforting and one of the midwives visits you at home the next day. Do your reading and research about what to do with a newborn. You will be fine! Dr Sears Baby Book is a great baby manual!<br><br>
Here's my plan for you... take the childbirth class at <a href="http://birthpartnersdoulas.com/" target="_blank">Birth Partners</a>, higher one of her doulas and either plan a home birth or a Danbury birth. Either way, the doula will be able to help you guage when its time to call the MW or leave for the birth center.
 

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I also used Maryellen Albini with Joni Stone as the backup I too had a perfect experience and have/will recommend the 2 of them to anyone interested in HB. As for peds in FFLD county...not one I have found that is even remotely open to alternative vax schedules but there is a group in Stratford I would stay away from alltogether, you could consider using a ND as your primary care for your wee one I know of one in Newtown who does mostly peds<br>
good Luck and congrats
 

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Who's the ND in Newtown that sees mostly peds? My ND is great and will recommend things for my kids whenever I have a question, (he's also a family friend), but he doesn't "see" kids, per se.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cold.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cold">:
 

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his name is Josh Berry he does mostly kids I did some of my training with him a few years ago and have friends who use him as the primary
 

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This is who we are using currently. So far, we are very pleased with our choice!
 

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I'd say if it's between a hospital and the Danbury birthing center, go with the birthing center. They are WAY less interventionist than hospitals and do make a home visit after the birth (the next day or the day after, can't remember). However, they are more medicalized than many homebirth midwives...so you might want to look into that as well. And if you do a homebirth you can have a post-partum doula come help you afterwards...I doubt this would be more expensive than all the fees and copays involved in a hospital birth.
 
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