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July 19th, 2012, 01:20 PM
MoonMom's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Location: Huntsville, AL
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So I just learned from my doula that my OBs practice is not as VBAC-friendly as they profess. She said most of the doctors had the habit of saying one thing in the office, but doing another in the hospital. In particular, she said that my doctor required VBAC moms to be continuously monitored IN BED if the membranes have ruptured. I think that would make a drug-free delivery a lot more difficult, not being able to get up and move around.

Anyway, I'm not sure yet if I want to change providers. I would like to talk to my OB about it and try to get a better feel for what a VBAC with her is like. But I was just wondering if anyone here has changed providers before, and if so, what were your reasons, and how did it go?

baby Roger @ 7 months

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July 19th, 2012, 01:29 PM
Averysmama1101's Avatar Super Mommy
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Beaumont Texas
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I JUST changed because the hospital my previous provider delivered in was 2 hours away including a ferry wait. I wasn't comfortable with that, so I switched. It was a really simple process. I just called the new Dr and asked if they were accepting new patients. They were, I gave them my insurance information, got put in the system, made an appointment, then called and informed the old provider I was transferring.

Easyy. Have your Doula suggest a few OB's in your area that are more supportive of VBAC.

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July 20th, 2012, 05:02 AM
Jamyandcrew's Avatar Veteran
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Location: central Iowa
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I haven't done this but having had a natural birth I think it is critical to have a provider who is supportive. The last thing you want is to have to fight during l&d to meet your wishes. I agree with pp...get some referrals and go interview them. You will feel so much better!
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July 20th, 2012, 07:46 AM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Nashville Tn
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Ive changed twice now. It was pretty easy. I went from Florida to TN. Then from Nashville to Chattanooga. I know this Dr in Chattanooga. He took care of me with my 1st and 2nd child. With my 1st child I switched from Iowa to Tn.

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July 20th, 2012, 08:14 PM
Think4Yourself's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Not yet but I am about to change from OB to midwives in a whole different practice and different hospital for various reasons. OB never calling me back, rushed visits, takes an hour to be seen.. yada yada. I hope you can get some answers and find someone who is more willing to help you get what you want!

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