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<p>Can you recommend a pediatrician, OB or midwife(just in case) and a preschool?  I am so clueless, I will even take city recommends.  Dh will be working in north east Atlanta near I-85 (in the perimeter).  What are the safe neighborhoods? Our almost 3 yr old and 4yr old go to a montessori school right now.</p>
 

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<p>hey there!  what part of detroit are you moving from?  I'm originally from there :)</p>
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<p>I live in Alpharetta right on the border of john's creek.  our pediatrician is <a href="http://www.thepediatricplace.com" target="_blank">Dr. David Bergman</a>.  My OB is <a href="http://www.kudzu.com/m/TateJoseph-MD-683486" target="_blank">Dr. Joseph Tate</a>, midwife Kay Johnson at <a href="http://www.awsobgyn.com" target="_blank">Alpharetta Women's Specialists</a> is also wonderful.  </p>
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<p>No idea about preschools, sorry!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>thorn</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280108/moving-to-atl-alpheretta-johns-creek-area#post_16054169"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>hey there!  what part of detroit are you moving from?  I'm originally from there :)</p>
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<p>I live in Alpharetta right on the border of john's creek.  our pediatrician is <a href="http://www.thepediatricplace.com" target="_blank">Dr. David Bergman</a>.  My OB is <a href="http://www.kudzu.com/m/TateJoseph-MD-683486" target="_blank">Dr. Joseph Tate</a>, midwife Kay Johnson at <a href="http://www.awsobgyn.com" target="_blank">Alpharetta Women's Specialists</a> is also wonderful.  </p>
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<p>No idea about preschools, sorry!</p>
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<p>Thanks!  How are they with VBAC's?  I see you are involved with ICAN.  I have had 1 c/s with 2 VBACS. <br>
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<p>they're the top two providers I would recommend for VBACs in the hospital :)  Kay has privileges at N. Fulton hospital which is closer to Alpharetta.  North Fulton has telemetry monitoring so you can walk around and shower during labor (they have labor/birth tubs but sadly VBACs are not allowed in them).  Dr. Tate's office is in Norcross, also close to Alpharetta, but delivers at Emory Midtown.  Although people come to see him from other countries even, so distance is not always a problem, LOL.  Emory does NOT have telemetry (they did a few years ago but it's a long drama) but Dr. Tate is experienced with forceps and does vaginal breeches (even for VBACs).  He's also the only hospital provider who currently takes VBACs after more than one cesarean.</p>
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<p>Intown Midwifery is a third option and they have a new backup OB who is supposedly very natural birth friendly, they have done a few breeches in the past month and they are also possibly opening up a birth center.  (I don't know how far along in the process they are or whether they will take VBACs at the birth center though, there is a planning meeting early next month.)  They are at Atlanta Medical Center, which is owned by the same system as N. Fulton, so they also do not let VBACs labor in the water.  If the birth center does open and take VBACs and let them in the water I would expect to see a lot of them choosing that option.  But it's all still in planning right now.</p>
 

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<p>Hello! I just moved to this area about a month ago, so I'm not up on recommending doctors and the like. However, I will vouch for thorn being AWESOME! Trust her judgement. She's very knowledgeable about the birth community here. She's also just a hip chicky. <img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"></p>
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<p>I'll tell you I live in Roswell, GA and I LOVE it. </p>
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<p style="margin-top:.5em;margin-right:.5em;margin-bottom:1em;margin-left:1em;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:0px;padding-left:0px;border-top-width:0px;border-right-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;border-left-width:0px;list-style-type:none;line-height:1.5em;text-align:justify;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family:'Lucida Grande', Verdana, Lucida, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;line-height:18px;font-size:12px;color:rgb(85,85,85);">Home to several plantation houses from the Civil War era, historically rich Roswell is committed to a family-friendly environment. It has some of the best public schools in the state, the lowest crime rate in the region, and a myriad of outdoor activities, making it easy to understand why families flock to this affluent Atlanta suburb. Residents love their many public events, including the monthly Alive after Five summer festival, with plenty of food, shopping, and live music. –J.S.</span></p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>AtYourCervices</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1280108/moving-to-atl-alpheretta-johns-creek-area#post_16055646"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Hello! I just moved to this area about a month ago, so I'm not up on recommending doctors and the like. However, I will vouch for thorn being AWESOME! Trust her judgement. She's very knowledgeable about the birth community here. She's also just a hip chicky. <img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"></p>
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<br><p>awww thanks! <img alt="coolshine.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/coolshine.gif"></p>
 

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I second the vote for Kay, midwife at Alpharetta Women's Specialists. She is great, and I liked North Fulton hospital too. I also saw Anjli at Intown Midwifery during my pregnancy, and I really liked her too. I'll probably go back to her for my next pregnancy. I really like our pediatrician, Dr. Bleekrode at Alpharetta Pediatrics. She's located right behind N. Fulton. There's another doctor at the practice - Dr. Landry - who I don't like nearly as much. I don't have a preschool or neighborhood recommendation, sorry!
 

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<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Hello!</span></span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">I've lived in the Alpharetta for almost 10 years now and have two DD's; 6 and 5 and we're expecting a 3rd. Kay really is great. She worked at a practice with Margret Strickhouser, who was my main midwife (I would recommend Margret, but she doesn’t practice in the area anymore) when I was having my second. I was hoping to use Kay for my 3rd, but the practice she is working for; I found to be very unprofessional. Luckily I found Diane Tandy who owns her own practice “Gifts from Grace OBGYN”. She is amazing! She also worked with Margret for a while and they were going to open the practice together, but Margret could no longer travel to the area. I can’t recommend Diane enough. Her office is at Johns Creek Emory Hospital, but she delivers at North Fulton hospital too, which is great because I'd like another water birth and that's the only place they do them.</span></span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Pediatrician - We use Dr Kute. She is brilliant. Very open to selective/delayed vaccinations. She also offers natural and home remedies and isn’t' quick to prescribe medication, which was really important for me. I know people travel for miles to use her, so I'm grateful she's on my doorstep :).</span></span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">My girls both attended ******* Ridge Montessori Alpharetta School which we loved! It's a great preschool with a real close nit family feel, every nationality is represented in that school, which was wonderful. My girls were taught Spanish and Chinese and got a great, non pressuring head start.</span></span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">I would say that you are safe in any area in Alpharetta. It really is a great place to live and raise young a young family. Schools are excellent here too, however a friend of mine who works in Education department advised us against living in the area zoned for the Manning Oaks Elementary school. She said it had gone downhill in the last few years and is very transitional and not as good as the rest of the schools in the area.</span></span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:12px;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">I hope I was helpful. Feel free to PM me if you need any more information.</span></span></span></p>
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<p>Margaret practices intown.  It's not "north fulton" area but she didn't like move away or anything.  She's the one trying to open the birth center.</p>
 

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<p>Thanks everyone:)  I have a ton more questions for all you but I can't think of  all them right now lol:) </p>
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<p>I had a 1hr 45 minute from 1st contraction to birth with my 3rd and I am a little worried when I have another it will be even quicker.  So if I live in Alpheretta is it a quick trip to the hospital or birth center(if take VBACs).  What about if we live in Suwanee or johns creek?   I have had 1 c/s for a breech baby and 2 VBACS if that matters on where to deliver. </p>
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<p>Is ******* ridge a certified montessori?</p>
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<p>It depends on what part of Alpharetta - I live less than 10 minutes from N. Fulton.  Probably 30 from Atlanta Medical Center (without traffic, always a caveat in the atlanta area!)</p>
 

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<p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;">If you will live in the John's Creek or Swanee area, you may want to look at people who deliver at Emory Johns Creek (if you're not concerned with water births) or North Fulton Hospital. Like you my births have been super fast. I almost gave birth in the car park for my last pregnancy and I only lived about 8 mins from North Fulton Hospital! I just made it, during rush hour...Personally I would NOT risk trying to drive into town, with this pregnancy. Atlanta traffic is awful. It can take my husband 45 mins just to get to the perimeter, using GA 400 (usually a 15 min trip without traffic). </span></span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:arial, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family:arial;">******* Ridge Montessori is part of the Montessori Unlimited Group, and I'm not sure what their status is, you could probably call and find out. To be honest, when I was looking for a school, I didn’t check for certifications. A dear friend of mine who had taught Montessori in the USA for a short time and in Europe for many years advised me that the certification system in the USA was not reliable. She told me to make sure the <strong>teachers</strong> are fully certified and had at least 5 years experience. She also said to sit in on a class to get a good feel of how the classroom is run, so that's what I did. I visited 5 or 6 schools in the area and ******* Ridge met all of my criteria. I would always advise anyone else to do the same. Find out about the teachers qualifications and experience, teacher turnover, sit in on a class; have your children do a trial couple of hours to get a good sense of if the school is the right one for you.  I hope you get all the information you need. I know how it can be moving to a new place. Good luck with everything and keep us posted. :)</span></span></span></span></p>
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<p>what is a great city that doesn't take long to get inside the perimeter(off I-85)?  We are in ATL right now and we are not liking the houses for rent in Johns creek or Norcross so far.  We found a nice preschool in roswell(west of 400) but will the the commute might be too horrible if we live there too(east 400)?  Please help:)   </p>
 

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<p>well, define "too bad" - from roswell east of 400 it shouldn't be that bad, in my opinion. how far inside the perimeter is the job?  you can take holcomb bridge to p'tree industrial to get down near that area and mostly avoid the interstates anyway.</p>
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<p>you could also look in dunwoody and sandy springs, although they will likely be pricier, I don't know what the rental market is like there.</p>
 

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<p>I'm not sure if you're tied to the idea of living outside the perimeter, but we live in Decatur, and we love it here.  Some areas that you might like that are near 85 and would be easy, easy, easy for your dh to commute would be in north Decatur (Medlock Park, University Heights, Clairmont Heights).  The houses are smaller there.  Some neighborhoods with a little bigger houses (not sure what you're looking for) would be Sagamore Hills, Leafmore, Oak Grove, and they are in a similar area, with an easy commute as well. <br><br>
If you look at a map, when you go south from the 85/285 interchange, then you would get off at the Clairmont exit and head east.  There might be some areas in there that you would like.  Certainly worth driving around (or looking at the real estate listings) and seeing if they would work for you.</p>
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<p>There is a well loved Montessori school in the area called Arbor Montessori.  My kids don't go there, but I know people whose kids do, and they are very happy. <span style="display:none;"> </span>arbormontessori.org</p>
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<p>I have friends whose children go to Arbor as well and they love it.  I'm not sure the commute would be much better though - we used to live in Oak Grove and it took my husband just as long to get to his job (7 miles away, in buckhead) than it does from Alpharetta (17.2 miles).  Traffic is really congested in that area.  It is totally gorgeous though!<br>
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If you look at a map, when you go south from the 85/285 interchange, then you would get off at the Clairmont exit and head east.  There might be some areas in there that you would like.  Certainly worth driving around (or looking at the real estate listings) and seeing if they would work for you.</p>
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<p>There is a well loved Montessori school in the area called Arbor Montessori.  My kids don't go there, but I know people whose kids do, and they are very happy. <span style="display:none;"> </span>arbormontessori.org</p>
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<p>I also used Margaret Strickhouser...awesome! Pediatrician is also David Bergman, who has been fine with selected vaccine schedule.</p>
 

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<p>We are moving to roswell:)  We found a house on 1 acre and love it!  We will be moving there in 1 week. </p>
 

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<p>great!  glad you found something!  </p>
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<p>welcome to the area! :)</p>
 
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