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Hello...I am a first time mommy to be (15 weeks) so far so good all is well and baby & I are both healthy.  Right now I am paying out of pocket because I am still waiting for my medicaid to be approved. I currently am going to Tampa to the Genesis center for my prenatal care. They are wonderful but it's about an hour away.

I would like to switch to a clinic closer to home and was looking into some of your opinions and experiences....also I have started snooping online and exploring possible hospital options but have found it somewhat difficult...has anyone ever had a water birth? If so, where and how did it go?  That's what I REALLY wanna do but can't seem to find centers/hospitals that do it...HELP?

 

Thanks so much, Tiffany

 

EDIT://  I went to the doctor on Friday and was labeled "High Risk"...not because of anything wrong with the baby, but because I have a history or seizures.  Even though I haven't had one in almost 2 years, they are using the label as a precaution :(  I guess there goes my plans of water birth :(

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try "labor of love" in Lakeland. They accept medicaid and a friend of mine used their midwives and had a wonderful at home waterbirth! I've had 2 children, but both of mine were born in the traditional hospital setting at LRMC.

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Tiffany,

 

I have a great suggestion based on personal experience.

 

And yes, they have water births as an option.

 

My wife and I opted for our 2nd child to be born at a birthing center because of issues we had with the 'big box' hospitals.  We wanted a more natural, less intrusive birth.

 

We were home within THREE HOURS after my wife gave birth.  There is no need to be held hostage in a hospital for three days unless you had some sort of medical emergency.  Birth is NOT a medical emergency, by the way.

 

I recommend Labor of Love Birthing Center, right here in Lakeland:

 

http://laborluv.com/

 

Lakeland Birthing Center
1525 Edgewater Beach Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33805
(863) 680-BABY
eMail
Get Directions

 

And then AFTER you have your child, for a pediatrician, I highly recommend the father/son team at The Robinson Family Clinic here in Lakeland:

 

Robinson Family Clinic


(863) 646-5088

4406 S Florida Ave Ste 30
Lakeland, FL 33813

  Get Map & Directions »

 


05/04/09

Best Doctor's Office I have Ever Visited!

by CathiQivana at Citysearch

The Robinson Family Clinic has changed my life! Dr. Robinson's diagnosis concerning my over-prescribed medications was an ephaney for me and well worth the drive from St Lucie County! His instructions have literally saved my life and greatly improved the quality of my life as well! He respects his patients as individuals and is keen on educating them so that they can better assist with their own health and wellbeing. I greatly recommend this clinic to anyone who is interested in a natural approach to health and wellness without the fear of being pumped up w/more toxic and unnecessary meds! Bravo Dr's Todd and Harold!

  • Pros: Holistic approach to wellness
  • Cons: The Clinic is a 6 hour round trip drive for our family!
how was your experience at LRMC?  My main thing is I don't wait a million drugs in my system and I have heard amazing things about water birth and have done research on it.

Krista Tant said:
try "labor of love" in Lakeland. They accept medicaid and a friend of mine used their midwives and had a wonderful at home waterbirth! I've had 2 children, but both of mine were born in the traditional hospital setting at LRMC.

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Tiffany,

Just be forewarned:

 

LRMC is going to badger you to death for your MINUTES-old baby to take the highly toxic and unnecessary Hep B vaccine along with the so-called Vitamin K shot.   Your child will NOT be using dirty needles from drugs or engaging in risky sexual behavior until AT LEAST age 5 or 6.......MAYBE age 7 (rolls eyes).

 

Please consider that factor as well.  Labor of Love will NOT be pushing vaccines or any other unnecessary/dangerous drugs or vaccines on you or your precious newborn.  Your baby ONLY needs your breast milk, as God Designed - NOT some toxic, man-made serum.

 

From Dr. Sherri Tenpenny:

 

 Vaccines and Childhood Arthritis

 

 Why is the Hepatitis B Vaccine Given to Newborns?

 

Health does not come through a needle

 

 

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From Dr. Joseph Mercola:

 

Do NOT Let Your Child Get Flu Vaccine -- 9 Reasons Why

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/06/why-y...

 

 

Refuse Hep B Vaccine - Or Expose Your Baby's Brain to Severe Danger

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/03/hepat...

 

UGH....I'm trying to go for a natural, I guess the word is "holistic" upbringing...natural remedies and what not...Id on't want to have to take my child to the hospital unless it's a definite emergency....obviously regular vaccines are necessary, maybe, some, but I feel America's kids are too drugged up right now!

18watt_fan said:

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Tiffany,

Just be forewarned:

 

LRMC is going to badger you to death for your MINUTES-old baby to take the highly toxic and unnecessary Hep B vaccine along with the so-called Vitamin K shot.   Your child will NOT be using dirty needles from drugs or engaging in risky sexual behavior until AT LEAST age 5 or 6.......MAYBE age 7 (rolls eyes).

 

Please consider that factor as well.  Labor of Love will NOT be pushing vaccines or any other unnecessary/dangerous drugs or vaccines on you.

 

From Dr. Sherri Tenpenny:

 

 Vaccines and Childhood Arthritis

 

 Why is the Hepatitis B Vaccine Given to Newborns?

 

Health does not come through a needle

 

 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

From Dr. Joseph Mercola:

 

Do NOT Let Your Child Get Flu Vaccine -- 9 Reasons Why

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/10/06/why-y...

 

 

Refuse Hep B Vaccine - Or Expose Your Baby's Brain to Severe Danger

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/03/hepat...

 

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Tiffany, I could give you more info later on the vaccines you think are necessary, but take a look at this in the meantime:

 

Each time I had a great experience. They were both very different labors, but both equally as beautiful! I was over due both times and had to induce because of low amniotic fluid and awkward heart rhythms on the non-stress tests.

#1(girl) Induction was started at about 10pm on August 1st, with the introduction of a foley catheter into my cervix. I've never heard of anyone else having that done though :/ At 2am, it had put just the right about of pressure on my cervix to start the dilation process. I woke up at 2 thinking i needed to pass gas, but when i tried to, i felt the catheter slip out. Boy, oh boy, thats when I started to get nervous! They told me i was dilated about 3 cm, and i needed to sleep a little bit. No medication at this point because my contractions weren't bad. At 6am they started the pitocin, and came immediately in with my epidural. The only pain i experienced was extremely bad back labor. When i was making my birth plan, I thought i would want to walk around. But when the back labor started, my mind changed pretty quick. All i wanted to do was lay there and have someone rub my back. Started pushing around 2:30 pm and she was born at 4:21. No complications, and only 3 stitches on me :)

#2(boy) Induction started with cytotek(to soften cervix) at 10pm Feb 19th. They gave me some ambien to I could get some sleep that night. I woke up at 7 am, and the Midwive came in at 8 to start the pitocin drip (btw, pitocin is the devil!) . I didn't know what contractions actually felt like because my epidural was given to me so early with my previous delivery. My contractions were insanely strong from the beginning. I went from 1-6 cm in the first 2 hours, and then the Midwive decided to break my water. Even though they didn't want me to get up and walk around, my nurse stayed in my room and helped me re-position to try to find comfort. She brought the mayo stand and put pillows on top so I could get on my knees and lean over it, she allowed me to get on all fours. Basically any position I could do while still on the bed was acceptable. I recieved an epidural when I was 9cm, and he was born about 30 minutes later! I only pushed through 5 contractions. The epidural didn't stop me from having feeling, it just took the "stinging" away.

Both of my experiences there were great, the Dr's and Nurses were always top notch. :)

 

I was present at my best friends labor which was at home with the labor of love midwives, and BOTH of those vaccines were given after the baby was delivered. So, it's not just the hospitals that do it. Labor of love does it TOO! Maybe they wouldn't if you asked them not to. After all, you DO have to sign a consent form for all of that stuff. And LRMC did not push formula on me. I wanted to breastfeed from the time I found out I was pregnant, so they stuck by me with that. Even in the middle of the night when I was doubting myself and my newborn daughter was screaming, they encouraged me to not give up on breastfeeding, and told me that even one sip out of a bottle could cause nipple confusion. They held me to my wishes more than I did.

 

I'm still learning, obviously I'm new to this but I do know I definitely want to breastfeed....I'm so nervous about it though....

Krista Tant said:

I was present at my best friends labor which was at home with the labor of love midwives, and BOTH of those vaccines were given after the baby was delivered. So, it's not just the hospitals that do it. Labor of love does it TOO! Maybe they wouldn't if you asked them not to. After all, you DO have to sign a consent form for all of that stuff. And LRMC did not push formula on me. I wanted to breastfeed from the time I found out I was pregnant, so they stuck by me with that. Even in the middle of the night when I was doubting myself and my newborn daughter was screaming, they encouraged me to not give up on breastfeeding, and told me that even one sip out of a bottle could cause nipple confusion. They held me to my wishes more than I did.

 

Take all the information from other people, and make your own decisions based on what you feel in your heart. As soon as the baby enters the world, all the fear will decrease. You will be at peace with being a mommy. Its the coolest job in the world! on the subject of breastfeeding, its the best decision i believe you could ever make. I BFed both of my children for a year. They are both healthy, and smart as can be. It allows you and your child to make a bond that no one else will ever have with them. My husband got pretty jealous, but it was so worth it!

 

Labor of Love birth center does water births: their site

 

It's a midwifery practice and not on the site of a hospital.  If you go there you're looking at no meds, period, unless you opt to transfer to the hospital.  That said, I had a home birth with them and they were awesome.

Melissa Morrow (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001063763548) was the midwife who helped me birth my 2nd daughter. At the time she worked for Labor of Love, but has since moved on to her own homebirth practice. I would not hestitate to use her services if we were to get pregnant again.

 

My 2nd daughter was born while I was in the birthing tub. It was a wonderful experience and much, much more satisfying than the one I had giving birth to my 1st daughter in a hospital. Someone mentioned vaccines at Labor of Love, and as I recall, it was completely up to the mother. My daughter had neither.

 

Another great midwife in the Lakeland area is Marianne Power ( http://www.facebook.com/lakelandmidwiferycare). She was the midwife who provided the majority of my care during my 2nd pregnancy and was only not at the birth because of the timing.

 

If a completely natural child birth is your goal, I can not stress enough the importance of using a midwifery service. Hospitals may have policies to support a mother's choice to nurse or not have any pain meds, but in the end, these things come down to the nurse who is working when you come in. Some nurses are supportive and encouraging in natural methods and some are not.

 

One of my primary reasons for choosing a midwife is that I did not like being made to lay on my back for the last several hours of labor. I was in bed, not allowed to get up at all, for about 12 hours. And there was nothing wrong with me or my baby! Laying on our backs is the least natural way to give birth.

 

I wish you the best in finding a care provider who is caring and considerate of your wishes. 

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