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Hi- I really just need some advice from like minded individuals!!!<br><br>
I might be looking for a new provider!!!???!!! I birthed w/ the<br>
midwives at the Childbirth Center back in 8/06. I wound up w/ a C/S<br>
after a VERY long labor <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
We are starting to 'think' about TTC'ing this summer (and are hoping<br>
for a VBAC) and I am concerned about going back to the Childbirth<br>
Center due to having a huge insurance deductible and the center now<br>
only taking out of network benefits. It would be alot of $$$ out of pocket for us.<br><br>
Does anyone know anything about the 2 hospitals that Lonnie is now<br>
working out of (North Bergen and Passaic- I believe)? Can anyone share their experiences at either of these hopsitals?<br><br>
Anyone know of the 'Avalon Midwife Group'- somewhere near<br>
Oranges/Montclair? What about Morristown Hospital?<br><br>
I have heard there is another midwife group in Nyack, NY and<br>
Suffern, NY...anyone have names/phone numbers, info? Which hospital, opinions?<br><br>
I know Hackettstown Hospital has a good reputation but that is at least 60 minutes away.<br><br>
I know there are lots of homebirth midwives around and I may go and<br>
talk to one that I met over the summer, however homebirth really<br>
scares me as I have already had a C/S.<br><br>
After all of this I may wind up just going back to Lonnie. I know<br>
there are lots of options in NYC but that drive in scares me...w/my<br>
last labor I labored at home (Hillsdale) for about 22 hrs and was in<br>
the car driving to hospital at rush hour; but at least PVH is/was only<br>
10 min away!<br><br>
Sorry so long...just looking for some advice/recommendations!<br><br>
THANKS so much,<br>
Brenda
 

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I don't have any personal experience with any of the midwives you mentioned but I can tell you that Hackettstown midwives cannot support vbac (hospital ban). Avalon midwives support vbac out of Morristown Hospital.<br><br>
Morristown has a very high c-s rate (40%) but they have a lot of midwives deliveries and they do a fair number of vbacs. They had a vbac rate of 10% last years which translates into 69 vbacs.<br><br>
St Mary's in Passaic did 6 vbacs last year and Palisades did 14 which gave them rates of 2% and 7%, respectively.<br><br>
Homebirth will probably have to be out of pocket since it's not technically legal for a midwife to attend an hbac in NJ so just keep the cost in mind.<br><br>
My vbac (in central NJ) was a 41 hour labor (following 5 days of prodromal labor) so you CAN do it!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm not sure how to think about the low VBAC rates at St. Mary's in Passaic and Palisades General in North Bergen (where Lonnie Morris and the childbirth center midwives now deliver). They aren't encouraging - but on the other hand, those hospitals only just got the midwvies on board in January of this year, so those stats don't apply to Lonnie's practice. Pascack Valley, where Lonnie was before it closed, had a relatively good (19%) VBAC rate when they were there in 2005. (Oh, and yes its pathetic that 19% is "good")<br><br>
VBAC in NJ is way harder than it should be, but from everything I've read Lonnie's group still remains one of your best shots for doing it. I can totally understand if you are worried because they were involved in your c-section last time. Maybe you could set up an interview appointment to talk through your last experience with them and see whether you can come to terms with what happened and judge how supportive they seem of your chances to VBAC this time. Maybe they can even give you references of people they've recently delivered in their new hospitals? Its been such a short time, I don't know how many folks on this forum have had that experience yet.
 

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Oh, and BTW there have definitely been lots of threads in the past about all those midwife groups - I don't know if there's a way to search the thread titles?
 

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Lonnie told me she'd do a VBAC for me. Also, we don't have any insurance so Lonnie helped us out with a payment plan.<br><br>
if you have any health issues though, be careful of the perinatalogist if you want a natural birth. (Hopefully you won't have to see him!)<br><br>
Feel free to PM me for more info!
 

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Hi Everyone,<br>
OP here! Thanks for all the info. I am taking it all in and trying to make a decision. I know that Lonnie would be pro VBAC for me as I did discuss it w/ her and Donna after my C/S....it is just the insurance/out of pocket expenses that were bothering me. We pay so much for health insurance already that the out of network thing could get costly.<br><br>
Think I will make an appt to talk w/ Lonnie and also the midwives at Avalon. I know there are a couple OB practices that have midwives on staff, but I have heard you get whoever is on-call when you deliver. Maybe I will go to one of those practices for my pap smear- which is now 3 months overdue.<br><br>
Thanks again....I am dealing w/ an ankle injury right now, but as soon as I am back on my feet I WILL get this decision made. I hate that it is hanging over my head!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Brenda
 

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<a href="http://www.imamidwives.com/" target="_blank">http://www.imamidwives.com/</a><br><br>
She is my home birth midwife and shes great! Check out her site, shes in suffern ny.
 
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