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We currently live in Northwest Ohio and are moving SOON as DH is transferring to Dublin. Since I'm from a small town west of Columbus I'm familiar with the different areas and we are considering living in Hilliard, maybe Marysville.<br><br>
This sudden move presents me with a problem (even though I am thrilled about the move!). First of all, I love Bryden's pediatrician here because she is very supportive of non-vaxing, nursing (extended too), not circ'ing, etc. I know she is a rare find especially in our area and I would be eternally grateful if anyone can recommend a good, family-friendly pediatrician who supports non-vaxing parents. I'm willing to travel a ways to find someone good! The only requirement is, I would like to have the pedi we go with be able to visit when this baby is born.<br><br>
Second...I have a new midwife that I absolutely adore. She will only be about an hour and 20 minutes away so I am giving serious consideration to keeping her and giving birth here (it's a small hospital that is more mother/baby friendly than larger hospitals in the area). However, I would also like to know about good midwifery in the Columbus area. I'm sure there are many as I have started researching, but the important thing to know is what hospital they attend.<br><br>
Are there any birth centers?<br><br>
Any nice AP momma meetup groups or other great things...nursing-friendly places, etc. you can recommend?<br><br>
Thank you!
 

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Bumping for the Columbus moms! We are moving the last weekend of March so I don't have much time to get my ducks in a row!
 

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I'm in Hilliard, DH works in Marysville at Honda. Feel free to pm me, we havea great ped. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My kids go to Dublin schools but we live in NW Columbus. Great schools, lower taxes. My husband works in Dublin also.<br><br>
We see a family practitioner that we really like. Do a search on here, there is a columbus ap group but i can't remember their website. You acn get lots of information from them on docs/midwives, etc<br><br>
PM me with any other ?? you may have<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hey there... I live right in Columbus, in the Northland area. I'm using CHOICE on High St for my homebirth. There aren't any midwives around that do hospital births unless you go with a CNM at Professionals for Women's Health. I used to see them and saw them at the beginning of my pregnancy, but they were not for me. I don't really think it's what you're looking for by the sound of your post (they aren't actually super natural birth friendly, etc, etc.)<br><br>
Anyway, if I was doing a hospital birth I would go to Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware. In fact, my ob works out of Grady and I am seeing him through my whole pregnancy. It's small, and I've heard good things about them.<br><br>
That said, I also have heard good things about a hospital in Marysville that kind of does have a "birth center" of sorts. I can't remember the name of it, but was able to find it online. I think they might even have midwives that work out of there.<br><br>
Hope this helps... I know it's all very non-specific. I can't remember anything during this pregnancy!
 

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I just wanted to recommend Lisa Smithers CNM at New Life Midwifery in Marysville. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> She is wonderful and I did not mind driving to Marysville to receive her excellent care. She only delivers at the hospital there but it doesn't have that "baby factory" feel like some of the hospitals here in Columbus! I was able to not have an IV, use a birthplan that was respected and honored, walk about, eat, and use the jacuzzi in my room. I was monitored with a doppler and not confined to a bed. You can birth in any position you want too. It was also a neat experience when DD was born b/c I was the only woman on the L/D floor! Lisa is awesome and I highly recommend her. Her doula, Lori is wonderful too!
 

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I used Professionals for Women's Health for both of my children and I found them each time to be super supportive of my choice of natural childbirth......this last time it felt like I was at home...it was nice. I got to catch baby, cord was delayed for about 20min according to the time stamp on my pictures (we have crowning pics and me catching her pics, first nursing, then cord cutting etc so i have a great timeline).....<br><br>
I saw 2 MW there for both pregnancies and it was wonderful....they loved the doula I chose too.....both times they were able to be there for the ENTIRE birth....so nice....even though it was in a hospital (riverside).......<br><br>
There is a HB MW near Columbus that is fantastic as is her apprentice...PM me if you would like her name or the name of the MW I used....just in case.<br><br>
Our ped is ok with selective vax....<br><br>
My neighbor is no vax and I can ask her who she uses if you would like...
 

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I second CHOICE 614-263-2229; also check out Tricia Spears -- she's near Mansfield -- or Kathy Mitchell, but she's in Newark so the west side would be over an hour for her but she might be willing. Tricia and Kathy are less expensive than CHOICE as they don't have the overhead . . . but CHOICE has an excellent reputation, been around 30 years.<br><br>
Dr Backes is who everyone I know uses. He's just a little south of Hilliard (at 270 and W. Broad) -- he is HB friendly (discharged my DS from the hospital just a couple of hours after birth becuase he knew we were a HB/transfer and that we had MWs who would be looking after us, is friends with the MWs at CHOICE; also TOTALLY fine with no vax and extended BFing, etc. . . . . I don't know of any other Ped who is anywhere near as crunchy<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
No birth centers here. Others may have differing opinions, but as a doula and former apprentice midwife, I can say that IME the hospitals in Columbus are not natural birth friendly. The c-section rates are over 30 percent and climbing. I would avoid Riverside at all costs ("the baby factory") and if I had deliver in a hospital or transfer in, I'd go to Grady or Doctors West (right next to Dr. Backes) -- they are mainly staffed with DOs and so are therefore a bit more hands-off. I have heard that Grady is friendly toward HB transfers and their midwives. Professionals for Women's Health is known in the midwifery community for telling clients what they want to hear and then medicalizing the birth anyway, even ripping up birth plans during prenatals<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:.<br><br>
As far as BFing friendly places, etc, I haven't had any issue anywhere, really. I've nursed at coffee shops, stores, libraries, etc. I will say that I am a little more comfortable nursing when I am in Clintonville (just north of OSU campus) and the west side (where I live) -- the former because it's a liberal/crunchy enclave, and the latter because there is a large population of Latinos on this side of town and BFing is culturally more acceptable/common with them and so I never feel odd or that anyone is looking.<br><br>
HTH! Feel free to PM me for more info. Good luck with the move!
 

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Thank you all very much! I was definitely considering Marysville so I'm really glad to hear that they are the most natural-birth friendly place there. I had also heard that the Columbus hospitals were very medically oriented.<br><br>
I saw the CHOICE website and I will have to pay a few visits there.<br><br>
THANKS for the ped. recommendation, hopefully he is accepting new patients.<br><br>
I appreciate the info so much. Maybe we'll get to meet sometime.
 
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