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Dh and I are finally seriously considering TTC our last babe. I adore my current OB/GYN, but she didn't seem very in favor of a VBA2C when I asked her about her feelings on it last year. I do need to see an OB or MW that practices with OBs as I have a history of pre-e and premature births, which along with the desire to VBA2C kinda plunks me in the high risk department. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I'm looking to have as natural a birth as possible in the hospital.<br><br>
Location isn't a huge issue, but if they are closer to the southern end of the metro area, it'd be a big plus, we live in Arnold. And if they deliver at St. Mary's, even better, that's where I had my first 3, and I really like it. But those are just the "nice to haves". I'd be up for a longer drive and different hospital if I could VBA2C.
 

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How exciting for you!<br><br>
I am co-leader of ICAN of St. Louis. Do you know about ICAN? <a href="http://www.ican-online.org" target="_blank">www.ican-online.org</a> We meet once a month to help support moms in cesarean prevention, cesarean recovery and vbac support.<br><br>
Anyways, there are doctors who will attend a vba2c. I don't know of any docs that have midwives that attend births in a hospital in St. Louis. They have to "back-up" the mw and they won't do it. Kansas City has some and maybe the rest of the state, but not St. Louis. Are you interested in a homebirth?<br><br>
I had an awesome vbac at St. Mary's and many in our group really like St. Mary's too. My doctor, Dr. Blaskiewicz supports vba2c. I'm sure there are others, but I haven't personally asked them. Feel free to pm me and I can tell you all I know about vbac in St. Louis----which grows every month!<br><br>
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Thank you thank you! I have heard of ICAN, but didn't know there was a local group, how awesome! I'll definitely look into that.<br><br>
I also had a wonderful VBAC with my middle child at St. Mary's, which is one of the reasons I'd like to go there again if possible.<br><br>
I'm familiar with Dr. Blaskiewicz, he was part of the practice I saw with my first pregnancy. He might have even been the one who performed that section, I was under general and out of it, and it was 10 years ago, hard to remember! If I'm not mistaken, he also delivered a couple of my brothers! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> St. Louis can have a small town feel at times! I didn't like the practice he was with at the time, but I think he may have moved, I'll pm you for more details.<br><br>
I really didn't think I'd find a MW, but it never hurts to ask! I'd love a homebirth, but dh isn't comfortable with it, and I'm not sure that I like how far a good hospital is from our house. If I didn't have this history hanging over my head, I'd totally go for it, but I gotta deal with what is.<br><br>
I'll also look into Dr. Bale, thanks Abbieandlady. I'm still open to hearing more ideas if any St. Louis mamas have any!
 

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I'm familiar with Dr. Blaskiewicz, he was part of the practice I saw with my first pregnancy. He might have even been the one who performed that section, I was under general and out of it, and it was 10 years ago, hard to remember! If I'm not mistaken, he also delivered a couple of my brothers! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Dr. B is not w/ the practice Durell, Shaner, Jewell, DeRosa anymore. He's the head of the Obstetrics at SLU med school, so he only attends at St. Mary's. The other practice he was w/ is really not that supportive of natural birth or of vbac. I started w/ them too. They are kind docs and have good bedside manner, but that's about it.<br><br>
Pm me and we'll talk about ICAN!
 

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Dr. Becky Shelton does VBAC's but she delivers mainly out of St. John's and St. Luke's. She does have a MW in her practice who is excellent. I have a friend who is getting ready to have a VBAC with her and has recieved nothing but support.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Dr. Becky Shelton does VBAC's but she delivers mainly out of St. John's and St. Luke's. She does have a MW in her practice who is excellent. I have a friend who is getting ready to have a VBAC with her and has recieved nothing but support.</div>
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Does the mw attend births? Or just do prenatals? I know of docs that will have mw do the prenatals, but won't cover them for birth.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Dr. R. Don Bale at St. John's will support your choices.</div>
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I have heard great things about Dr. Bale too, but not his back-up docs.
 

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McBride (his primary backup) is also very very good. But yeah, beyond that some of the others aren't as good.
 

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No Cindy, Dr. Shelton's MW only does the prenatal, but I can't say enough good things about them both, I had two wonderful experiences delivering with her...she really works to help you have the birth you want.<br><br>
The only thing to be careful of are her backups, Dr. Maxson and Dr. Morley I believe her name is. I was a patient of Maxson's with my first, did not like her at all, she is not supportive of birth plans, unmedicated births, etc. luckily she was not on call the night I gave birth and that was how I met Shelton, she is great!
 
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