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Hi,<br><br>
I'm looking forward to hearing anyone's experience giving birth at Beth Israel. Were you able to have an unmedicated birth there? Do you recommend any midwives that are affiliated with this hospital?<br><br>
Thanks in advance!
 

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You can check out their stats from 2005 here.<br><br><a href="http://www.choicesinchildbirth.org/nyshlis/hospital_stat.htm?nydh_code=N1107&year=2005" target="_blank">http://www.choicesinchildbirth.org/n...1107&year=2005</a><br><br>
Perhaps others have more specific/personal information also. Good luck!
 

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Thanks for the info. I've heard that Beth Israel works with a lot of midwives, but I wasn't able to find too many reviews of those midwives on this site. I took a tour of the facility and it looked okay although I really have no basis for comparison. I hope others that actually gave birth there chime in!
 

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If you want to give me the list of midwives you are considering, I can ask on the Metro Doula list to see if other doulas have thoughts about them they would like to share. Perhaps that would help.<br><br>
You can email me and I'll email you back the thoughts other have.<br><br>
brooklyndoula @ gmail(dot)com
 

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Brooklyndoula - You have mail! <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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I had my first birth there but it was almost 5 years ago so I am not sure if you would still be interested in hearing my story. I used the midwives there who were lovely women and did everything in their power to ultimately enable me to have a vaginal birth (after 33 hours since my water broke- unheard of in hosiptals) within the confines of hospital rules and regulations. I know that the hospital is working at making it more mother/baby friendly and the lactation consultants are some of the best in the city in my opinion. Whereas at Roosevelt, if you are transferred from the birthing center to the maternity ward, the midwives kind of lose their autonomy and there are no lactation consultants there anymore (!).<br><br>
In saying all of that- I had my second at home in the water and that's the only way I can imagine it now!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Good luck! It's an exciting time...
 

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Thanks for the info. I would love to have a home birth but DH is really against it and since it's my first birth, I think I'll feel better at a hospital, too. I'm definitely having a home birth for the 2nd one.<br><br>
I'd really like to give birth at SLR, but I'm getting the sense that it would be difficult to have one there unless I have a perfect pregnancy and it's not booked on the day I am in labor and if a midwife I contacted returns my call! I even considered going w/ an OB but if I happen to labor during the day when she has office hours, then I'll get pushed to L&D. It's funny how difficult they make things out to be when all I want is an unmedicated birth and be able to walk around.
 

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One other option, if you have not looked into it and ruled it out, is the Brooklyn Birthing Center. Not sure where you live, likely Manhattan given the birthing places you are considering, but it is another option between hospital and home and they are like SLR but perhaps easier to get into!<br><br><a href="http://www.brooklynbirthingcenter.com/home" target="_blank">http://www.brooklynbirthingcenter.com/home</a>
 

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From my friends who birthed there I heard the rooms are tiny and no room to walk around (what many women need in labor). Of the two friends that birthed there both had c-sections, one for "failure to progress" and one for baby being breech. So anecdotal evidence, but all I know.<br><br>
If YOU are more comfortable homebirthing, don't give up. It's your body and your instincts you need to be listening to when pregnant, not other peoples'. If you are more comfortable in hospital and that happens to accord with your husband's preference, then that works out fine. But overriding your instincts based on your husband's preference, even a strong one, can lead to difficulties, to say the least.
 

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I would still give roosevelt a chance. You can try for the birthing center and even if you get risked out which you probably won't the hospital is still a better option than beth israel.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would still give roosevelt a chance. You can try for the birthing center and even if you get risked out which you probably won't the hospital is still a better option than beth israel.</div>
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Thanks! I'm definitely not giving birth at Beth Israel!
 
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