[Parentsgroup-list] Re: Parentsgroup-list Digest, Vol 387, Issue 1

Daniela Augusta Pittman dpittman at fas.harvard.edu
Fri Nov 21 12:51:34 EST 2008


Hi,

With a high risk pregnancy, I would DEFINETELY stay at Brigham's, they have the
best NICU in the country, should something go wrong.
I was also considered high risk(with a history of severe preeclampsia) and was
delivered there last year (2007) with Dr. Rosemary Reiss. I LOVED her and all
of her staff at the the Maternal-Fetal specialist department(3rd floor).


Hope this helps!
Daniela


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> Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 12:40:51 -0500
> From: Andrea Heberlein <heberlein at wjh.harvard.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Parentsgroup-list] Switching OB/GYNs
> To: Ayfer Karakaya Stump <stump at fas.harvard.edu>,
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> Hi there,
> I'm not sure if it would be covered by your insurance, but I was very
> happy with my experience at MGH.  I was not high-risk but had a
> recent pregnancy loss while being seen by the midwives there; all 4
> of the OBs I encountered over the course of dealing with that were
> extremely kind, professional, and competent.  I'm happy to provide
> more info if you are interested.
>
> best,
> Andrea
>
> At 10:36 AM -0500 11/20/08, Ayfer Karakaya Stump wrote:
> >Hi everyone!
> >
> >While we are on the subject of choosing OB/GYNs, I would like to get
> >some advice from the list members about how to change doctors.
> >
> >I am almost seven months pregnant. I have been seeing a doctor at
> >Brigham where I was referred to by a gynecologist at the Cambridge
> >hospital. (I wanted the referral because my pregnancy is regarded as
> >high-risk because of a blood-related condition that I had when I was
> >a teenager. I had a related episode during the second trimester of
> >my first pregnancy, and had to take low doses of steroids for the
> >rest of my pregancy because of it.)
> >
> >But I don't really like the doctor I am seeing at Brigham. He is
> >inattentive, rushes you during visits, and does not seem to respect
> >your wishes and intelligence. I considered switching to another
> >doctor within Brigham, but didn't do anything about it partly
> >because one of his nurse-practitioners to whom I implicitly
> >suggested my possible desire to change doctors seemed rather put off
> >by what I said, and suggested that it would something difficult to
> >do because most doctors at Brigham don't take new patients.
> >
> >So my questions are as follows:
> >
> >1) Has anyone switched from one OB/GYN to another one within
> >Brigham? How did you go about doing it? And did you experience any
> >negative repercussions afterwards because of it (such as being
> >treated as a trouble maker by the nurses etc.)?
> >
> >2) So far I have assumed it might be better to stay with Brigham
> >because of my high-risk pregnancy, which renders a C-section
> >delivery much safer than a natural one. But after reading all the
> >messages, I have been thinking that maybe I should switch from
> >Brigham to a doctor at the Harvard University Health Center. But I
> >understand from the messages that even if I choose my OB/GYN from
> >the HUHC, I will be sent to Brigham for the delivery, although it
> >will still be my Harvard Center doctor who will attend my delivery.
> >Do I understand this correctly?
> >
> >3) If you choose an OB/GYN from the HUHS, can you request to be sent
> >to the Cambridge Hospital, rather than to Brigham, for the delivery.
> >And does anyone have any ideas as to whether the Cambridge Hospital
> >would be as fully equipped as Brigham in case any serious
> >complications occur during delivery?
> >
> >Sorry for the long, message,
> >and thanks in advance for all your suggestions,
> >
> >ayfer
> >
> >
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> Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 20:40:40 -0500
> From: "Jennifer Worden" <jmw981 at mail.harvard.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Parentsgroup-list] Switching OB/GYNs
> To: "Andrea Heberlein" <heberlein at wjh.harvard.edu>
> Cc: "parentsgroup-list at lists.hcs.harvard.edu"
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> I used the midwives at the Cambridge Birth Center, but ended up giving birth
> at Cambridge Hospital due to my own decision to have an epidural after all
> (after 8 hours of back labor). As it turned out, there was also meconium in
> the sac, so they would have transferred me anyway once my water broke. That
> said, I had a "normal" delivery so I'm not sure how Cambridge Hospital
> compares to B&W in terms of high risk deliveries, but speaking generally I
> was super-impressed by the quality of nurses, their relationships with my
> midwives (since my labor spanned a couple of shifts I was attended by two
> and then my own- Gretchen, who was fabulous- visited frequently), and
> everything else with the experience. They were great about helping us out
> with nervous first parent jitters, breastfeeding, they were very respectful
> about our decisions to room-in and went out of their way to make my husband
> as comfortable as possible considering rooms are private with only one bed.
> It was a great experience and while it wasn't the one I originally planned
> for, I was really happy with Cambridge Hospital. I also use the Women's
> Clinic there for some general gynecological issues and am equally impressed
> with that staff.
>
> Good luck making your decision and I'm sending you best wishes for an
> uncomplicated delivery!
>
> Jennifer
>
> On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 12:40 PM, Andrea Heberlein <
> heberlein at wjh.harvard.edu> wrote:
>
> > Hi there,
> > I'm not sure if it would be covered by your insurance, but I was very hap=
> py
> > with my experience at MGH.  I was not high-risk but had a recent pregnancy
> > loss while being seen by the midwives there; all 4 of the OBs I encounter=
> ed
> > over the course of dealing with that were extremely kind, professional, a=
> nd
> > competent.  I'm happy to provide more info if you are interested.
> >
> > best,
> > Andrea
> >
> >
> > At 10:36 AM -0500 11/20/08, Ayfer Karakaya Stump wrote:
> >
> >> Hi everyone!
> >>
> >> While we are on the subject of choosing OB/GYNs, I would like to get some
> >> advice from the list members about how to change doctors.
> >>
> >> I am almost seven months pregnant. I have been seeing a doctor at Brigham
> >> where I was referred to by a gynecologist at the Cambridge hospital. (I
> >> wanted the referral because my pregnancy is regarded as high-risk becaus=
> e of
> >> a blood-related condition that I had when I was a teenager. I had a rela=
> ted
> >> episode during the second trimester of my first pregnancy, and had to ta=
> ke
> >> low doses of steroids for the rest of my pregancy because of it.)
> >>
> >> But I don't really like the doctor I am seeing at Brigham. He is
> >> inattentive, rushes you during visits, and does not seem to respect your
> >> wishes and intelligence. I considered switching to another doctor within
> >> Brigham, but didn't do anything about it partly because one of his
> >> nurse-practitioners to whom I implicitly suggested my possible desire to
> >> change doctors seemed rather put off by what I said, and suggested that =
> it
> >> would something difficult to do because most doctors at Brigham don't ta=
> ke
> >> new patients.
> >>
> >> So my questions are as follows:
> >>
> >> 1) Has anyone switched from one OB/GYN to another one within Brigham? How
> >> did you go about doing it? And did you experience any negative repercuss=
> ions
> >> afterwards because of it (such as being treated as a trouble maker by the
> >> nurses etc.)?
> >>
> >> 2) So far I have assumed it might be better to stay with Brigham because
> >> of my high-risk pregnancy, which renders a C-section delivery much safer
> >> than a natural one. But after reading all the messages, I have been thin=
> king
> >> that maybe I should switch from Brigham to a doctor at the Harvard
> >> University Health Center. But I understand from the messages that even i=
> f I
> >> choose my OB/GYN from the HUHC, I will be sent to Brigham for the delive=
> ry,
> >> although it will still be my Harvard Center doctor who will attend my
> >> delivery. Do I understand this correctly?
> >>
> >> 3) If you choose an OB/GYN from the HUHS, can you request to be sent to
> >> the Cambridge Hospital, rather than to Brigham, for the delivery. And do=
> es
> >> anyone have any ideas as to whether the Cambridge Hospital would be as f=
> ully
> >> equipped as Brigham in case any serious complications occur during deliv=
> ery?
> >>
> >> Sorry for the long, message,
> >> and thanks in advance for all your suggestions,
> >>
> >> ayfer
> >>
> >>
> >>
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> Jennifer M. Worden
> Doctoral Student
> Human Development & Education
> Harvard Graduate School of Education
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