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Old 06-12-2008, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by flowergarden View Post
Paoli Hospital updated their maternity ward so moms-to-be get suites and delivery rooms that look like hotel rooms. It's a very nice hospital and they try to specialize in deliveries (as well as some other areas!). My son was delivered there 9 years ago and we had a very positive experience. Having said that, Paoli does not have pediatric specialists on staff IF (that's a big if) something goes wrong. Bryn Mawr hospital has the local area's premier pediatric services. If your child needed specialty services after birth, they would transfer him to Bryn Mawr. Many moms choose to deliver at Bryn Mawr for that reason. I haven't been there recently, but Bryn Mawr is an older facility and it just doesn't "look" that neat and slick. It looks like an older hospital. Or at least it did 9 years ago.

Good luck and enjoy your pregnancy!

Traveling to the city isn't really necessary (U of Penn or Thomas Jefferson) for a "regular" birth.

Paoli does have very nice rooms and they are very big and spacious. Bryn Mawr's rooms are smaller and you have the potential to have a roommate if they have a overflow.

However, for my family even though I was not high risk at all, I thought it was important to have the NICU just in case. Now if I was having a baby at 36 (which that age alone puts you in various high risk catergories, although you yourself may not be high risk, ou just have the potential) and having my first child, it would be very important for me to be where a NICU was.

As for the rooms at Bryn Mawr, I had a very nice room. It had a huge window and since my baby was born in the spring I could look out at the sun & flowers (nice memory right now as it is still the most amazing day I ever had ). The nurses were also very attentive and so happy.

Now I must admit I have stayed at Bryn Mawr over the years for other surgeries (knee) and it has always been that way. The hospital does not seem old & gross but it is in no way the shiny new facility that Paoli is now since the makeover. If I have another child I may consider Paoli (I have to pass it to get to BM). However, it would only be if my Dr.s practice had privileges there.

Just be thankful that out here at least you have all of these options. My sister had a baby in a small town about an hour south of chicago. First of all in that hospital all of my sisters have had c-sections (I'm not accusing, I'm just making a point). Anyway, my cute little nephew ended up getting a rsd (or is it rsv) and the town did not have a hospital with a nicu so he had to be flown to chicago where he was admitted for about 3 weeks. Meanwhile my sister already had an older child so it was really difficult for her family.
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Old 07-21-2008, 12:51 PM
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Default Suburban/Philly Labor/Delivery

I don't know if you are still checking this forum, but I hope you are! I just had my 3rd child at age 38 with Penn Medicine for Women. We are about 5 minutes from Paoli Hospital but chose to go to HUP (UPenn Hospital) for the birth. I have a history of complications during labor and wanted the university setting. My previous children were born at Stanford University Hospital in California - so I really wanted to have a similar experience. My second child had to go to the NICU so it was important to have a NICU and what better place than CHOP.

I worried a lot about the traffic issues but at the same time realized there are more chances that the traffic would be FINE versus the traffic being BAD. With a 3rd child you are more likely to go quickly than your 1st child. It ended up that we left for the hospital on a Sunday morning; it took us 20 minutes door-to-door without speeding (no traffic!) and I ended up not delivering for another 11 hours (with my 3rd!!!) Our back-up plan if my labor was progressing too quickly was to get to Bryn Mawr Hospital - as someone else said, it has a NICU. I have heard great things about Lankenau as well, but for us the distance/time to Lankenau worked out the same as to HUP anyway.

The practice I used was Penn Health for Women. They have offices in Radnor. Most of the time I went to Radnor for my prenatal checkups. You have to go downtown for the ultrasound and other fetal testing (if you choose to do them). It is a pain to go downtown all the time, I have to admit. I was happy with the practice; they really do all they can to make sure everything is ok with the baby (and you during L&D, post-partum) - although some of it seems overkill and you can always refuse procedures.

I thought the nurses and the anesthesiologist at HUP were fabulous. Everything went smoothly and I was happy with this L&D experience.

I was very happy with my OB care from Penn Health. They listened to everything I was concerned about from my other deliveries and NICU experience and were more than prepared to deal with the problems when they arose. The one negative I found is that they are somewhat difficult in terms of making appointments at Radnor... so definitely advocate for yourself and make them WAY in advance and insist on making them in advance. Otherwise you get stuck having to go downtown or getting the 8pm slot (not fun!).

Anyway, I hope this information is helpful to you!
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:21 PM
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I had Dr. Alexander Anthopolous for the past 9 years and he is just amazing! He has the combination of personality, compasion and skill. I hate doctors that rush and he always took his time and explained things very clearly. I had both my children with him one at Bryn Mawr and one at Paoli.

I have to say that I liked Paoli's experience better. I had the baby in my room unlike Bryn Mawr which made me feel like I was going in for a proceedure. The nurses at Paoli seemed nicer to me. Could be just my experience at that time others could tell otherwise. But I had the best experiences having my 2 boys with him.

Good luck!
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:54 AM
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Can someone please help me, I am looking for a high risk ob-gyn.My baby boy passed away at 41 weeks.I live in Dover, Delaware, but I am willing to travel anywhere,as along as I see the best Ob-gyn.Thanks for your help.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:51 PM
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eed a hospital in northeast phila for my first child delivery ....penn,..temple..st.josephs....which one?!im 6months[spoiler][ my email is [email]solecollector712@yahoo.com[/email] /SPOILER]
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:52 AM
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Great info. I am actually looking for a high risk OB-GYN before I try and get pregnant. I am 33 and take anti depressants. I too do not want to go in the city. If you have found someone please share. I live in the same area and would love to hear your decision.
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