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Hi! I have a friend who just recently moved to the Lake Placid area and is looking for a good pedi(ok with not vax) and a good midwife. She hasn't found any LM for a homebirth and heard from a local CNM that she couldn't have a homebirth there ("it's not legal")... is this true??<br><br>
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I live in the next town over from Placid and as far as I know there aren't any midwives who'll do a homebirth. I don't think it's illegal per se, but I know that CNMs can't do them, for insurance reasons I think.<br><br>
That said, I had great midwives in Plattsburgh (an hour from Placid) and my ped is okay with no vax...(we will vax but a friend does not and he's been okay with it.)
 

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Just wanted to say that if your friend doesn't mind driving into Plattsburgh Dr Beguin & Dr Ching at Primary Care Pediatrics are awesome. We do not vax DD and they have no problem with that. It's a bit of a drive, but if she really can't find anyone in the Lake Placid area....<br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> That's pretty neat. Can't say I'm super suprised. I think the AP pediatricians up here are few & far between. A friend went through 2 other practices in Plattsburgh before finally finding them. Both of the other docs wanted her to stop breastfeeding & FF because her son wasn't gaining weight "fast enough". This was at 1 & 2 weeks old! Anyway, we started going to them because of her experience. They were very supportive of her and her son was EBF until he was 6 months & 1 week old. I knew they were OK with not vaxing because she actually *stopped* vaxing around 3 months old and they didn't mind.<br><br>
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thanks so much for the responses...i'll let her know about the pedi! she may actually be having a homebirth at our home in VT now...since it seems (like you said) that there are no LMs around there.<br><br>
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Just had to ask where in VT are you? We lived in the Middlebury/Shoreham area for a year and a half & St Johnsbury for 3 years. Moved back over to Plattsburgh to be closer to family.<br><br>
I love VT! We're hoping to relocate to the Burlington area once DH is done grad school. I'm actually considering traveling to Burlington to give birth if we have another, especially since there are no homebirth midwives up here in NY. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
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we live in castleton. i love vt too! it's a neat state. my friend is thinking of working with a middlebury midwife...we're about 45min south of middlebury.<br><br>
maybe you could find a LM in burlington willing to share her home...the midwife that my friend is working with offered her own home, if it wouldn't work to have the baby at our home.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">we live in castleton. i love vt too! it's a neat state. my friend is thinking of working with a middlebury midwife...we're about 45min south of middlebury.<br><br>
maybe you could find a LM in burlington willing to share her home...the midwife that my friend is working with offered her own home, if it wouldn't work to have the baby at our home.<br><br>
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That's an interesting idea. I'll definitly look into that if we're lucky enough to get pg again.<br><br>
Castleton is beautiful. We used to drive through there all the time heading to the lakes or just out taking a drive. =)<br><br>
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I'm jumping on this thread, because I live in Plattsburgh! I want to add to the recommendation for the above peds - DD actually goes to Dr. Meyer (she is part of that group) and we LOVE her - she has 4 kids, all of which she BF until they were at least 2, and she supports co-sleeping. She totally supports our decision to selectively vax, and informed us when we interviewed her that she would only provide advice, but would NEVER try to tell us how to parent our child. She likes to avoid unnecessary meds/chemicals for babies, and is just an all around nice doc. We have also seen Dr. Ching (he was the on-call doc when DD was born), and Dr. Beguin for emergency sick visits. I have been impressed with all three docs - while they are still somewhat mainstream, they are absolutely accepting of natural parenting. I would recommend that she avoid Dr. Patnode at that office (he's not as supportive as the others). This practice is definitely the best in town, as far as I am concerned.<br><br>
As for as midwives and homebirths, I think that it is true that it is "illegal" or at least not allowed in this state to do homebirths. A friend of mine wanted a homebirth with her first (didn't end up, because he got stuck and wouldn't come out, but that's a different story), and was told that it wasn't possible. she found a medical person who agreed to be present at her homebirth, not as a midwife or anything like that, but just as a friend/support person who happened to have a medical background. That is always an option - "Oops, I'm sorry I never come in when I was in labor, I really didn't know, and then all of a sudden, the baby was on it's way out " (he he). That's kind of how my mom did it when she had me at home almost 30 years ago...<br><br>
If your friend wants a midwife, I would highly recommend Lake Champlain Midwifery Services - they are excellent (but still have to deliver in a hospital). They cared for me during my pregnancy and DD's birth, and I was very happy with the care we received.<br><br>
Finally, Lake Placid, and the surrounding area, should have some more natural family living respurces that your friend may not be aware of - I would encourage her to begin asking around - people in this area are always willing to share information. I hope this helps - please post if she needs more suggestions...
 

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They are my office too. The same friend who recommended the peds office recommended them. She had Linda for both of her natural births at CVPH and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> her. So far I've only seen Dr. Dodge to get back on my meds for my PCOS, but hopefully I'll be seeing the midwives soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/dust.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dust"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">:<br><br>
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Howdy ladies...I am a doula from south of you...near Gore Mt.<br><br>
I have someone who may be moving to a more southerly area...just a bit south of me looking for a ped who is ok with non-vaxing...any ideas?<br><br>
By the way...I am 47 and have grown kids. Had two of my three kids at home: one in Troy, NY in the early '80's and the other up here in North Creek area.<br><br>
I had midwives both times.<br><br>
And here's the thing...how can anyone stop you from having a homebirth? I had one this far north in the mid-80's.<br><br>
Also...if you are willing to take complete responsibility for your childbirth education and for your personal birth outcome, and understand there are no guarantees in life, then I don't see how anyone can stop you.<br><br>
Y'know I had underground help back then. And when I took my baby (now gonna be 21 in a week or so) to the local health center, they tried to get me to tell 'em who helped. I told 'em I was leaving...started to walk out the door and they backed down. I would protect any midwife that was helping me.<br><br>
The changes don't happen if you don't demand them.<br><br>
If I was still in a position to bear children today, I would still have homebirth...no matter what.<br><br>
Who's body is it? Who's child is it? Who's life is it?<br><br>
I am not and never was afraid....I guess I might just be weird or something.<br><br>
J.
 
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