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Ladies,<br><br>
Our story is found in this thread: <a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=1166885" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1166885</a><br><br>
Basically we planned on birthing at the North Shore Birth Center. We were anticipating a natural birth. I'm 36w5d and the baby is frank breech so we are being opted out of the birth center, and shipped to Beverly Hospital where they want to schedule a c-section at week 39. I'm opposed to scheduling a c-section a week before our EDD of Dec 24th. I need a surgeon, and OB/GYN who will actually work with us, and allow my labor to begin naturally before the c-section, knowing the baby could still flip at any time, or may never flip.<br><br>
Any suggestions, please! Our PCP is out on maternity leave (she birthed where we wanted to birth) and I don't have access to her right now. If you know anyone who you'd recommend I'd love to call them asap. We have to plan for this birth as if it may indeed be a c-section.<br><br>
Thank you so much.
 

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He's not in Boston but Dr Robert Gottlieb at the Framingham site of Southboro Medical Group. I'm not sure what hospitals he's affiliated with anymore.<br>
He believes in trying to do things as naturally as possible but he's also a fabulous surgeon.
 

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I have heard many good things about Beth Hardiman, both here and from my midwives. I don't have her information but you could do a search for her on google.
 

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Thank you for your quick suggestions! Please keep sending them because I'm calling everyone and will have to find someone to take us on with only a couple of weeks before baby's EDD. :) I'm feeling hopeful with your help. <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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Beth Hardiman is at Mount Auburn Hospital (<a href="http://www.mountauburnhospital.org/body.cfm?xyzpdqabc=0&id=165" target="_blank">http://www.mountauburnhospital.org/b...dqabc=0&id=165</a>) and her telephone number is 617.495.9700. Her schedule usually feels up pretty quickly, but it's worth a call to see if she can take you!<br><br>
ETA: I did not have a c-section with Beth, but a close friend did and had a very good experience.
 

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I will dissent and fully suggest that you do not use Beth Hardiman. I had a c-section that she performed and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. My post partum care was inadequate and I experienced a lot of pain for a long time, which Dr. Hardiman insisted was normal.<br><br>
When I finally saw another doctor at another hospital nine months after my son's birth who said that this was not normal and that this should have been acted on, oh, much, much sooner and who actually took my concerns seriously, I started to get better. Some conditions were ruled out. I was sent to another OB with a specialty in pelvic pain, who also agreed that the pain was not a normal part of c-section recovery, and I finally, finally, finally after nearly a year since my c-section had a day of mostly no pain, which turned into a day of no pain, which turned into several days of no pain. And I'm hoping those days will eventually turn into a full week.<br><br>
But that is all no thanks to Dr. Hardiman who did not listen all the times I called and saw her when I said I was experiencing debilitating pain on a daily basis for months after my c-section. And I made the mistake of believing her for a lot longer than I should have.<br><br>
I can't speak to how the first OB I saw at the other hospital is as a surgeon, since I didn't use her for that. But she took my concerns seriously from the beginning and really worked with me to figure out what was going on until she thought I could get better results from her colleague more knowledgeable in the area, but she might be worth a call. Her name is Virginia Simmons and she's through the Newton-Wellesley Women's Care office.
 

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Hi everyone,<br><br>
Goestoshow, thank you for your story. Thank you for sharing. Before I even saw your post we called her office and she can't see us, so no worries on this end. I hear great things about her, but you clearly had another experience worth knwoing about.<br><br>
I have recommendations for Dr.Brian Price in Watertown, a Dr.Maureen Cook in Lexington, and a Dr. Amy McGaraghan at Mt. Auburn, along with Dr. Gottlieb. We are calling them all this afternoon.<br><br>
If you have anyone else you want to suggest, please let me know. Fingers crossed. I'm hopeful. <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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Lellian,<br><br>
I feel for you! My first child, my son and I had preeclampsia which changed our whole plans...and birth, of course.<br><br>
I know you may live in the Boston area but I want to make a strong recommendation for coming down to the South Coast to see Dr. Tripp at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. He is a wonderful OB...he is kind, smart and gives full informed consent and believes in medical evidence based practice. Dr. Tripp has a 10% c/s rate and does a lot of external versions. He will see you for the version even though he has never met with you. I have arranged this for other moms at the last minute from the Boston area and am happy to do so for you. The hospital he works with has the best stats in MA for c/s because of him and Louise Bastarache, CNM, who has an 8% c/s rate. I can give you more details if you are interested, give me a call...I am around tonight. (508) 979-8887.<br><br>
Take care, Paige
 

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I forgot to also mention that you might consider after meeting Dr. Tripp, him as the backup plan for a c/s. They are very natural birth oriented at this hospital and have done unusual things in the OR for moms. I have a friend who created a c/s birth plan and it was honored...she was the first to immediately breast feed in the or...some of the nurses were so excited that they traded shifts so they could be at the surgery. They also did a prayer before all holding hands, led by my friends mother, my friends arms were not tied down and they honored her wished not to speak except to describe what was happening...dad announcing sex, etc... She was very pleased (she had placenta previa, where the placenta is across the cervix so very nessesary c/s). And yes her mom and husband were allowed to be present.
 

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Hi Paige, thank you for your posts. We have our doula coming over tonight, but would you be available to talk tomorrow? I'd like to hear more.
 

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Yes I should be around in the morning, and some of the afternoon.<br><br>
Have a nice visit with your doula and talk to you soon! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Lellian,<br><br>
My situation was almost exactly the same as yours. Planned for a drug and intervention free birth but our boy remained happily breech until the day he was born. My prenatal care was given by the CNMs at Harvard Vanguard in Wellesley. Mary Baker was my primary CNM, and she supported our decision to go into labor naturally because I did not feel comfortable scheduling a c-section at all. My water broke and I had to be delivered by the OB/GYN on call the day my son was born. He was perfectly nice, but I didn't have history with him, so I can't recommend him specifically. I will recommend the HVMA practice for respecting what was right for our family, so perhaps they are worth a call. I have met two of the OBs at that office -- Dr. Lori Wroble and Dr. Licia Raymond -- and they are both very nice.<br><br>
Wishing you all the best!<br>
Nicole
 

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Hi Nicole,<br><br>
I haven't been on line in a few days so I'm just seeing your post. How interesting is this: my dh and I met with Mary Baker yesterday, and were lucky enough to meet Dr. Wroble as well. Dr. Wroble is calling us on Sunday morning to set up a time that day to try ECV. We finally feel comfortable with trying this process after much research, and a very informative conversation with Mary and Dr. Wroble about their process. We aren't interested in forcing the baby into place, but I am interested in giving the baby a little help, if s/he wants to take it. Dr. Wroble said she would know within minutes if the baby wants to turn, or not. If the baby turns, we'll stay at the NSBC, if the baby doesn't we are playing on switching to NWH to delivery there after labor has begun naturally. I like that they support this idea fully, and we don't have to fight them to NOT schedule a section.<br><br>
How did you like the hospital for recovery?<br><br>
Thanks again for sharing, Nicole. I appreciate it.
 

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So glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with Mary and Dr. Wroble! That's so encouraging! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
We had an amazing experience at NWH. All of our nurses were incredible. I still get a bit teary-eyed when I think about how wonderful they all were. From the six hours we spent in antenatal to our four days in recovery, we learned first hand why NWH nurses have such a great reputation. I had a bad reaction to the spinal/morphine combo, and had to spend an extended period of time in recovery, and very unfortunately, that nurse is the only one whose name I can't remember! I guess what I'm getting at is that they really left an impression on me. I was very afraid of having a c-section, was devastated that I wasn't going to have the birth I'd dreamed of, and the TLC we received from the nurses helped me move past my disappointment much quicker than I anticipated. I certainly didn't expect to have such positive feelings about my hospital birth (we'd hoped to switch to a home birth midwife if my son turned vertex), and I'm so grateful that I can look back on my son's birth with absolutely no regrets.<br><br>
Feel free to PM me if you'd like even more specifics about my experience with the HVMA folks or NWH.
 
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