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Old 02-12-2013, 09:30 AM
 
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It seems hard to find a natural birth friendly hospital in Broward County. We've already discounted Coral Springs & NW Medical Center. Anyone know of a hospital they would recommend? What about an OB that believes in natural birth?

Thanks.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:56 AM
 
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Oh this question is right up my Alley! Natural birth is a big passion of mine. After my first birth and realizing how incredibly manipulative my doctor really was, I started to research a LOT an my views certainly changed. I finally found an amazingly supportive OB who I was able to trust to the fullest and had an amazing natural birth with my 3rd child. Then, we moved here and my search has been tough.

It's so hard to weed through a bait and switch doctor. One who tells you yes yes yes, until you get close to your due date. And even with a great doctor my concern is, their partners aren't always on the same page. So, if your doctor isn't on call, you're fighting a battle!

Regardless of where you go and who you're with, I highly highly highly suggest a doula!!! Worth every penny for the support before and during labor. To help you make decisions when you start getting unnecessary pressure! And to help you not second guess yourself and everything you've worked towards for 9 months!

As for hospitals, I was first with a doctor that delivers at Broward General. I've heard they do water birth (good sign for natural friendly), and I know successful mamas there. But, the hospital has over a 40% c-section rate. That does not scream natural friendly to me!!! But then, almost every south Florida hospital seems to be 40% or more. Some even in the 60's and 70's! That's a far distance from being natural friendly!!

I know some hospitals will even separate mom and baby after a perfectly healthy and normal delivery. For 2-4 hours, while baby gets a bath, observed and so on. That's unacceptable to me as there's no reason mom and baby should be separated if both are healthy. So, make sure you look into that too. That does not scream natural friendly either.

So, I know you're asking where is natural friendly, so far, I don't have a good answer. I'm looking into birth centers and midwives...meeting with one on Friday.

Feel free to private message me...I could go on all day!
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:02 AM
 
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Thanks for your response. We are meeting with a midwife who works in a birthing center tomorrow. It is very sad that all the hospitals (and OBs) in the area push c-sections (although they won't admit it -- but their actions speak loud and clear).
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Old 02-21-2013, 11:10 PM
 
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A Birth Center on West Hallandale Beach Blvd. I *almost* had my son there... went 2 weeks post due I couldn't deliver there, ended up being induced and going to Memorial West, still wish I had. Son was a perfect ten- I didn't even need an induction.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:37 AM
 
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A Birth Center on West Hallandale Beach Blvd. I *almost* had my son there... went 2 weeks post due I couldn't deliver there, ended up being induced and going to Memorial West, still wish I had. Son was a perfect ten- I didn't even need an induction.

Oh yes! I just met with the midwife there and will be seeing her!
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:39 AM
 
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Thanks for your response. We are meeting with a midwife who works in a birthing center tomorrow. It is very sad that all the hospitals (and OBs) in the area push c-sections (although they won't admit it -- but their actions speak loud and clear).

How did it go? I met with a midwife last week (for a consult) and will be officially seeing her for the first time next week! I'm so much happier! She was so much more of what I was looking for in a provider!
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:13 AM
 
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Great! We transferred to Hollywood Birth Center. We are much happier!
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Old 10-12-2015, 03:19 PM
 
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The Birthing Cottage is opening on Altlantic Blvd and State Rd 7, it is run by Midwife Gelena Hinkley. I think they said they will open by Feb 2016!!

I know a few people that had births with her, she's great so I hear. Good Luck!
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Old 05-25-2016, 08:11 AM
 
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I've heard of birthing centers attached to hospitals- does anyone know of one like this in South Florida?
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:25 AM
 
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I had my first daughter at Memorial Hospital Miramar, really nice hospital
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