(Closed) Boston area bee’s- Hospital/OB recommendation??

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t think my suggestion will be much help because I went with an OB at a major hospital…but here goes.

My criteria was an OB office located close to my work – pregnancy appointments are frequent, especially at the end, and I did not want to take lots of time off of work to go to appointments.  My OB office is literally right across from my work.  Great for last minute appointments and emergency visits. 

Also, I wanted to deliver at one of the teaching hospitals in Boston (MGH, Brigham, Beth Israel).  Those hospitals deliver many more babies than community hospitals and to us that was important.  Also, Brigham & BI are like 10 mins (with traffic) from my house. 

I chose an OB at Harvard Vanguard – delivers at the Brigham.  I never have to wait at my appointments for more than 5 minutes, get appointments when I want them.  So I don’t think that affiliation with a major hospital and waiting for appointments are necessarily correlated.  The office is a combined OB/midwife practice so I rotate seeing OB/midwife.  The OB appts. seem more rushed than my midwife appts., but I can’t complain.  Whenever I call, someone calls me back within an hour.  Overall, I have been pretty happy with my care so far (I’m 28 weeks). 

 

 

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t have a recommendation, but since you are north of Boston, I just wanted to give you a heads-up that Melrose-Wakefield has the second highest c-section rate in MA. I don’t know what your opinion on c-section vs. VB is, but it’s something to keep in mind either way.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@IslandLove07:  I also live 20 mins north of Boston and recently found out my doc was no longer a ob anymore…I wonder if we have the same doctor!  Hmm…

Anyways, I knew I wanted to deliver at Winchester Hospital.  My daughter was delivered there (11 years ago!!), and I had a really great experience there.  So, of course, when choosing a new doctor it was really important to me that they would deliver at that hospital.

At first I really wanted a female doctor…my gyn is female, and I love her…much more than my previous doc that has since retired.  However, I had trouble finding a female doc that was close to home AND delivered at Winchester AND had good reviews online.  

I ended up choosing Winchester OBGyn, which is located in Woburn…very conveniently located about a mile off the highway.  I’m 16 weeks along, and I’ve only met with the nurse practioner and other nurses so far, but I’ll be meeting with my actual doctor on the 19th.  So far so good…I’d definitely recommend this practice.  Their lab is conveniently located in the SAME building right down the hallway, which is super convenient for bloodwork and/or ultrasounds.  

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@IslandLove07:  Not sure…I’m planning to have a scheduled c-section, though!  My daughter was breech when she was born, so I had to have one with my first pregnancy.  It was a really great experience for me, so I’m choosing to do the same with Baby #2.  My doc said I could possibly try for vaginal birth, despite already having a c-section, but I don’t think we’ll end up going that route.

I was pretty young when I had my daughter, and all the nurses and doctors I worked with through Winchester never made me feel uncomfortable…I really loved my experience there.  Good luck with your search!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m north of Boston too (12 miles) and we went with a big teaching hospital in the city. Both DH and I work in Boston (I work at a Boston hospital) so we wanted to go somewhere that was close to work and a straight shot down 93 for when we do go into labor. I thought about Winchester as it’s closer for us but decided against it for location reasons and because they do not have midwives and I wanted that option. I’ve seen my OB at every appointment and absolutely love the nurses and all the other staff I’ve met. I do have to wait 10-15 minutes sometimes but I schedule my appointments as late in the afternoon as possible so I can just head home after πŸ™‚ 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@IslandLove07:  I should clarify that my OB’s office is not located at the hospital – it’s in a Harvard Vanguard office in a separate location (which is right across from my office).  The hospital (Brigham) is on the other side of town, but is close to home (and is a 15 minute drive from work, too).

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My nephew was born at Winchester and they were fabulous. My SIL’s OB was Dr. Millar in Woburn. She had fantastic things to say about her. Obviously, I was on the waiting side of the delivery but the hospital staff and accomodations were fabulous and our whole family had a great experience.

I am not pregnant yet, but considering Newton-Wellesley for an OB & delivery as well… Dr. Richer has come very highly recommended (office is Women’s Health Associates). That is very close-by for me and have heard outstanding experiences from friends.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We are at 22 weeks and our OB is at Beth Israel – we live and work right in the city though so it is convenient for us.  Our Dr. is also at BI but I really love her and her staff. We have never had to wait very long in the waiting room and when I called once at night with a problem, my OB returned the call within about 10-20 minutes so I thought that was great!

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It sounds like you already found an OB but I just wanted to put a vote out for the group I switched to. I also had only a GYN and didn’t know about it until I got pregnant. I am now with Harvard Vanguard and can’t say enough good things about them. They have locations all over and you can call 24/7 if you have any questions or concerns and they will put you directly in touch with a nurse who actually calls you back within minutes. I am delivering at NWH and go to the Wellesley office but I know they also deliver at other hospitals. Good luck with your search!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I loved my Labor experience and I delivered at Newton-Wellesley. My doctor’s practice is called Women’s Health Associates and I totally totally love my doctor.. let me know if you’d want her name πŸ™‚ 

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