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Old 08-19-2009, 07:53 AM
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My husband and I are moving to Moon Township from Northeast PA, as he is furthering his education at RMU. As life would have it, we recently found out I am pregnant! So, with this in mind, I am looking for some guidance on OBGYNs and hospitals. I have done a fair amount of research but I always appreciate hearing personal opinions as well.

Considering that I will be in Moon Township, I found that Sewickley Valley Hospital will probably be the closest for us to get to when I am in labor. However, I really like things I have read about West Penn Hospital (Labor, delivery, recovery and post partum rooms; rooms suitable for c-section delivery if needed, have jacuzzi tub). My insurance covers doctors that are affiliated with both, but I just need a push in the right direction. Has anyone heard anything negative about Sewickley? Do you have any doctors you can recommend?

The three names I have come across and am considering are Dr. Christina Cirucci, Dr. Kristine Santerini (both from Moraca OBGYN and affiliated with Sewickley) and also Dr. Karen Roberti (affiliated with West Penn). Anyone know anything positive or negative?

I know this is long, but any thoughts and guidance will be appreciated. Thanks!!
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:15 AM
Location: Squirrel Hill
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I'd recommend choosing a place that is more equipped to take care of the unexpected problems than one that takes a little less time to drive to. You'll still be pretty close to West Penn...
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Old 08-19-2009, 10:28 AM
Location: southwestern PA
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I was born in Sewickley Hospital, and it is a great facility.

Have you considered Magee Womens Hospital? That's where my two were born (firstborn an unplanned c-section...).

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Old 08-19-2009, 12:09 PM
Location: Great White North Hills
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Hey, REAL Pittsburghers are born at Magee!
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Old 08-19-2009, 12:52 PM
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Magee and West Penn are the two best equipped places to handle any serious complications with births. A coworker here had issues during both her pregnancies and each time she ended up at West Penn. The rooms in that section, even several years ago (I went over to visit once or twice during those times), were quite appealing. Depending upon which insurance company you have, you may have better coverage at West Penn than Magee. (Unless you have Blue Cross or UPMC itself, access to UPMC hospitals tends to be more limited.) West Penn tends to be my go-to hospital of choice when I have to deal with one, which, luckily, has not been often.

I'm sure there must be plenty of births at Sewickley Valley as well as all the other hospitals in the area. So it's just a choice. There's no reason you can't plan to have your baby at Sewickley Valley. But it would be good to know that if you have serious issues that the facility can't handle what your plan will be. Knowing that you will, say, fall back on West Penn, and making others aware of that, will help you if complications arise. All the better if you can actually find a doctor that operates at both if that's the way you want to go, but you typically won't find a ton of overlap between West Penn and the Sewickley Valley people.

Specific doctors tends to be a matter of preference. If you can get a ref, great. Otherwise you pretty much just have to try one out and see. They do rate doctors on Angie's List now, and a couple other places, but that's still pretty hit or miss that you'll find a useful writeup of the doctors you are interested in.
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:26 PM
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One of the best things about Pittsburgh is that there are plenty of really good hospitals to choose from. If you find yourself needing a new heart, Pittsburgh is the place to be.

I was very happy with Sewickley hospital when they sewed my face back on.
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:59 PM
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Keep in mind that if you choose to give birth at Sewickley Hospital and something goes wrong with you or your baby has any problems, this hospital does not have a neonatal intensive care unit nor is it equipped to handle major medical problems the mother may encounter. If there is a problem with your baby they will life flight it or send it by ambulance to West Penn or AGH for advanced care. If YOU have a problem, they will do the same thing---meaning that unless it is an uncompliacted birth--which I hope for you---the two of you have the potential to be separated unless you have a textbook birth.
In addition, the downtown hospitals are teaching hospitals---meaning they are always learning, are up on the latest technology and trying new things there that could be life saving. Sewickley is not a teaching hospital. If you, have the option, go with an OB affiliated with a hospital downtown---that's what I did and Sewickley Hospital is in my backyard.
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