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I have Medicaid and am pregnant. My choices for Ob/Gyn Drs are: Exodus, Dr Pappachen (no good reviews out there), Health Dept, and Lakeland Ob/Gyn/Suncoast (midwives). Any opinions on any of these??? I'm not sure what the difference is between a midwives and a doctor, but I am a little nervous about trying a midwives when I have always had drs for my past pregnancies. Please help.

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Hi Michele, I am a Doula and Childbirth Educator and had my first baby in the hospital and my last 2 in a birthing center with FL licensed midwives.  Depending on what you are looking for in a care provider, and for your birth experience, please know that midwives are extremely skilled in the care of women for pregnancy and birth.  If you have any specific questions I'd be happy to try and answer them for you.  All the best to you!

Lakeland OB/GYN also has doctors, and if your pregnancy required one I believe that's who you'd see.  Midwives are specialists in normal birth; only when something goes awry does a doctor enter the picture.

Also, Lakeland OB/GYN midwives have admitting privileges at Lakeland Regional, I believe, so it's not as if you'd be away from a hospital.  I deliberately had my second son at home with a homebirth midwife, but I get that's not for everyone :)

I have done Suncoast w/ two of my pregnancies. The first time was w/ my son(7 years ago), who was born at LRMC. My most recent, one month ago, was w/ Suncoast. I prefer midwives to doctors. You will see 4 different midwives, but they are all great. They are nice, considerate and know what they are doing. Plus, if you have anything other things that arise they will send you next door.  For example, since I am over the age of 35 I am considered 'high risk' -garbage i know. Since I was considered high risk  the last couple weeks of my pregnancy were spent going next door for for non stress tests.  You won't know which midwife you will get till you deliver, it depends on who is on call that day.  Also, w/ Suncoast they don't 'push' your due date.  Which I really appreciated.  I mean my daughter came right on time (on her due date), but, just in case she was late, they gave me an induction date a week out.  Most other women I have known were given an induction date 2 days after their due date.  Well, what if your due date isn't accurate?  I wouldn't want an induction, I heard that they are WAY more painful then going into labor on your own.  I would recommend Suncoast to any woman who is pregnant.  Any questions that you have they will answer and are very knowledgeable.  They will also work w/ your schedule, but you have to speak up, if you have a problem.  They kept scheduling my apts. for me, which I was always having to change due to my work schedule.   I started at the Health Dept and it was ok, until I was considered 'high risk'.  I was sent to Bartow Health dept after having a level 2 Ultrasound at Tampa General.  Everything from that Ultrasound was normal.  I told the Lakeland Health Dept. that but they said that I still had to go to Bartow.  Well, after sitting in the waiting room for over 3 hrs, I decided I wasn't doing that again.  That is when I decided to go to SUncoast.  Also, the Health Dept. does their OB/GYN apts as group meetings.  I don't want to spen 2 hrs per apt. when most OB apts are 30 min max (if that).  I mean group apts are fine and dandy if it is your first pregnancy.  But this one was my third.  Best wishes on your choice hope I could be of some help.

Lakeland OB/GYN doesn't accept Medicaid, only Suncoast does, which is right next door.  I know this from personal experience.  Also, there is a doctor on hand at LRMC if a problem does arise.  My daughter, when born, had meconium (bad) and the doctor was there in case he was needed, on top of the nurses and my midwife.

MandyJay said:

Lakeland OB/GYN also has doctors, and if your pregnancy required one I believe that's who you'd see.  Midwives are specialists in normal birth; only when something goes awry does a doctor enter the picture.

Also, Lakeland OB/GYN midwives have admitting privileges at Lakeland Regional, I believe, so it's not as if you'd be away from a hospital.  I deliberately had my second son at home with a homebirth midwife, but I get that's not for everyone :)



HEATHER SCHIRMACHER said:

I have done Suncoast w/ two of my pregnancies. The first time was w/ my son(7 years ago), who was born at LRMC. My most recent, one month ago, was w/ Suncoast. I prefer midwives to doctors. You will see 4 different midwives, but they are all great. They are nice, considerate and know what they are doing. Plus, if you have anything other things that arise they will send you next door.  For example, since I am over the age of 35 I am considered 'high risk' -garbage i know. Since I was considered high risk  the last couple weeks of my pregnancy were spent going next door for for non stress tests.  You won't know which midwife you will get till you deliver, it depends on who is on call that day.  Also, w/ Suncoast they don't 'push' your due date.  Which I really appreciated.  I mean my daughter came right on time (on her due date), but, just in case she was late, they gave me an induction date a week out.  Most other women I have known were given an induction date 2 days after their due date.  Well, what if your due date isn't accurate?  I wouldn't want an induction, I heard that they are WAY more painful then going into labor on your own.  I would recommend Suncoast to any woman who is pregnant.  Any questions that you have they will answer and are very knowledgeable.  They will also work w/ your schedule, but you have to speak up, if you have a problem.  They kept scheduling my apts. for me, which I was always having to change due to my work schedule.   

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