I came to these midwives because of a friend's recommendation, and had a wonderful experience. Minimal time in the waiting room, comfortable discussions in the exam room, and a quick, wonderful birth with Jess, the midwife I'd seen for most of my visits. She didn't let me deliver in an upright position because the baby would come too fast and make me tear. Half reclined, she was able to massage and stretch me enough to need only 1 stitch.
Methodist Hospital was terrible, incorrectly weighing my newborn and then not releasing me after 24 hours because he'd "lost too much weight" (another midwife in the practice demanded they let us go); giving him formula in the nursery despite the "breastfeeding only" sign on the bassinet; paper-thin walls; loud nurses in the hall; broken heating system; etc. But the actual checkups, labor, and delivery with Park Slope Midwives were fantastic!
Wow. This is amazing and terrifying at the same time. How important your commentary is. I'm researching birth service providers in the NYC area and was given the name, but now am a little gun-shy about this particular group. Thanks for the courage to tell your stories. If you'd like to learn more about the work I do, please visit www.ecstatic-birth.com.
I had a horrible birth experience with Park Slope Midwives (but one that I'm guessing is pretty typical all over the country these days). I had some bleeding at almost 9 months and went into the hospital. Everything was fine, I was just in early labor. After a few hours at Methodist Hospital, the midwife on call started getting really grumpy about me moving labor along. IT HAD BEEN ONLY THREE HOURS. They encouraged all kinds of things to "get things going" and the last one, breaking my waters, resulted in the baby's heart rate dropping, so I was rushed off to an emergency c-section. If I'd been left to labor normally, I doubt that would have happened. Most of all, I hated the attitude, that I was taking up their time, and that things had to be rushed. This was my first baby, and I didn't know what I was doing--I gave in to the pressure. I won't do that next time. And I'll certainly nevergo back to the Park Slope Midwives.
Agree with above reviewer, except that I avoided the c-section. If you saw the documentary "the business of birthing", you may understand why I was interested in using a midwife for my first birth. Unhappily, in order for me to have a natural birth, I was literally bullied DURING ACTIVE UN-MEDICATED LABOR. For example, when I told her that I was not ready to push (she just told me I was 9cm and didn't mention that I was 10). My midwife slammed the door as she left, screaming "then let me know when you will be ready to push" . She told me that if my dilatation did not continue to progress beyond 7 cm in one hour, other methods would have to be used. Why? The baby and I were not in danger. She offered to break water prematurely, and I had refused. Then came in later and did it without asking!! stating that it happened spontaneously during her physical exam. I felt physically beat up (the midwife pulled perineum down during my contractions so roughly, I was bruised for months and was torn down to brand new hemmoroidal territory).
She frightened me into thinking that my pregnancy was not going correctly instead of encouraging me. They offered an atmosphere not conducive to dilating. I did do it. I had natural childbirth without interventions. I achieved this but not without Post Traumatic Stress left to contend with. The midwives were all surprised that I did it. They were surprised I did not use any medication. Surprised that I delivered on time. Surprised that I did not have a c-section. That is after all what they are used to. I will say, however that the midwives respected my birth preferences. Even if they tried at each turn to overturn them. Why? I don't know.
The midwife who delivered my baby was quick to offer medical interventions that were not necessarily needed, resulting in a c-section. She then went on to tell me that I may never have a regular birth because of factors that are proven nearly impossible to measure (I quickly got a second and third opinion who disagreed with her). She also made statements that I must wait 24 months between delivers or else no Doctor or Midwife will deliver my child naturally. This is not true. I went on to have a child 19 months after my first. I found a wonderful new midwife who was supportive and enthusiastic about helping me deliver my second child naturally. The other two midwives in the practice appeared to be very knowledgeable but you may never know who you will end up with once it is time to deliver.
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