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Old 06-05-2008, 10:16 AM
 
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Hi, everyone, I'm new here. We just moved to KOP area months ago. I have been pregnant for weeks, and am looking for a good ob/gyn group to take care of my pregnancy, and also a good hosoital for delivery. I searched online and found 3 hospitals in the neighborhood:
Phoenixville Hospital
Main Line-Bryn Mawr Hospital
Main Line-Paoli Hospital
Anyone knows which one is better?

Since I'm 36 and this is my first time, I'm kind of anxious. Any input would be very appreciated.
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:56 AM
 
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If I were you I would go with Lankenau hospital in Wynnewood or Pennsylvania Hospital downtown as your age makes you high risk.

If you really want to stay suburban, I would go with Paoli or Bryn Mawr as they are both very good hospitals that serve upscale clientele so you will tbe reated much better than at some of the larger hospitals...even Lankenau and Pennsylvania, but the high risk component may make it worth grinning and bearing the rude staff and nurses at the larger hospitals.

I can recommend Dr. Ufberg and Mellon downtown and Dr. Marlene Dookan at Suburban OB/GYN but I'm not sure if she has priveleges at any of the hospitals above. Also Physicians for Women in Glen Mills. You may want to call these practices to ask for recommendations...they may give you some.

You can also search the Parenting forum and Google for that matter to find info on this and other websites that will give you some leads.

Good Luck!
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Old 06-05-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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Thank you, orrmobl. The only concern about hospitals in the City is the distance and the bad traffic. It would take me around 40mins to get to any hospital downtown without any traffic. But you're right, large hospital should be better for me because of my age. It's really difficult to make a decision.
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Old 06-05-2008, 09:19 PM
 
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Google says KOP to Lankenau in 27 minutes so figure definitely under 40 minutes as long as the Schuylkill is clear...we drove to the city for our first child and it was a royal pain in the rump. At least Lankenau isn't downtown and has access from several major highways...

Also found this:

Expectant Mother's Guide to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Pregnancy, Childbirth and Baby Resources

Penn Medicine at Radnor
250 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA 19087

PENN Ob/Gyn Care - University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia

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Old 06-06-2008, 04:01 AM
 
Location: Between Philadelphia and Allentown, PA
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Hi, everyone, I'm new here. We just moved to KOP area months ago. I have been pregnant for weeks, and am looking for a good ob/gyn group to take care of my pregnancy, and also a good hosoital for delivery. I searched online and found 3 hospitals in the neighborhood:
Phoenixville Hospital
Main Line-Bryn Mawr Hospital
Main Line-Paoli Hospital
Anyone knows which one is better?

Since I'm 36 and this is my first time, I'm kind of anxious. Any input would be very appreciated.
Sorry no help here but just a comment - you post made me breath a big sigh of relief, I'm 38 and my second child is about to graduate - I couldn't imagine having started this process of raising kids at this age in these financial times - my hats off to you! There is actually a lot of good health care around, it's just been a long time since I have needed those services.
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:03 AM
 
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orrmobl, thanks for your information. It seems Lankenau hospital is actually in the same system as Bryn Mawr and Paoli hospital. Do they have any big difference?
I have seen some good reviews on Dr. Ufberg and Mellon downtown, but you mentioned somewhere else that they don't cover weekends, so who would take charge in their absence?
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:05 PM
 
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I saw your post regarding good ob/gyn care in the Philadelphia area, and I just wanted to share my personal experience with you. Dr. Ufberg delivered my second child (we have three children) at Pennsylvania Hospital. He was a decent doctor but unless you have a high-risk pregnancy I wouldn't recommend his practice. It's very busy and impersonal. Also, he is very geared towards medical intervention including induction and epidurals which increase your risk of a c-section.

My personal preference is using a midwife rather than an ob/gyn. There are good midwives at Penn Hospital although it's a busy practice. My midwife works out of Chestnut Hill Hospital. I highly recommend Cathy Hindle as being very experienced, down to earth and committed to giving you the birth experience you choose. Let me know if you'd like her contact info. Good luck to you!
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:44 PM
 
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Dr. Ravy Lu at Main Line Women's Healthcare is a great doctor and her practice has several doctors that are also great, Dr. Leone & there is another female dr at the practice that was also great. I can't remember the other lady's name. I would also recommend Bryn Mawr over Paoli. I love both hospitals, however, should it be necessary Bryn Mawr has a NICU in their hospital whereas Paoli does not. I had my baby at bryn Mawr & did not need the the NICU but I wanted to have that option as she was my first child and I just did not know what to expect. Good luck.
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Old 06-11-2008, 08:52 AM
 
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Ironically, I spoke to someone last night who had their first child and are having their second at Paoli. For some reason, the husband didn't like Bryn Mawr though my non maternity experiences there have been good.

If they do indeed have a NICU you may want to choose it over Paoli.

Regarding Ufberg and Mellon...I agree with everything the other poster said, except for the impersonal part, I found them to be quite personable but it seems she was looking for a more "touchy feely" experience than most people are. If you are high risk, they are the BEST in the Philly area bar none...all the snobby and informed Moms go there .

Also Dr. Debs was the weekend deliverer when my son was born. He did not push the c-section but did offer it. His bedside manner was crapola. I really didn't like him at all, especially considering he was a complete stranger to us and it was our first child. I think the hospital was super busy that weekend so that may have a lot to do with our wholly bad experience with PA Hospital, I have read elsewhere to avoid them if delivering in the fall as that is their busy time... But again Dr. Debs is THE high risk guy in this area, the best for certain types of high risk pregnancies.

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Old 06-11-2008, 10:48 AM
 
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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.
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