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Natural birth friend hospitals/OBs

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Please tell is where (city/state), what hospital or what OB(or both), and what the positives are about these places.(no pressure, baby friendly status, no formula giftbags, no IV required, water birth allowed, etc etc) This post will be edited as replies are added.


Boojum ob/gyn-Chandler, AZ, AZ

Chandler Regional-Chandler, AZ

Mercy Gilbert hospital- Chandler- AZ


Kaiser-Roseville, Antioch, and Walnut Creek, CA


Rush Copley Medical Center-Aurora, IL


Willis-Knighton South, Shreveport, Louisiana


Cambridge hospital-Cambridge, MA


St. Joseph's Hospital-St.Paul, Minnesota


niversity of Nebraska medical center-Omaha, Nebraska

New Hampshire

Caring Partners (Dr. Mueller)-Rochester NH

Frisbie Memorial Hospital-Rochester NH


Dr. Steven Harter (delivers at Summerlin and Centennial Hills hospitals) Reno-Nevada

Mike O'Callaghan hospital on Nellis AFB- Las Vegas, NV


Sid Peterson Regional Medical Center-Kerrville, TX


St. Joseph's Hospital-Bellingham, Washinton

Dr. Frederick J. Gunningham- Bellingham, Washington

by on Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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by on Sep. 17, 2012 at 6:34 PM
Harris in fort worth Texas is an amazing natural birth hospital. Many of my midwife friends and birth photog friend have "worked" there and loved every time.
They even allow full water births,
by on Sep. 17, 2012 at 6:36 PM
Quoting NaturalMamaCZ:

Colorado: mountain midwifery, licensed and accredited free standing birth center, next door to Swedish hospital.

Sadly the only true free birth center on the front range.
by on Sep. 17, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Dr. Stella Walvoord at Simpsonville OB/GYN Associates in South Carolina. She delivers at Greenville Hospital. She was amazing at following my birth plan as close as possible. The hospital was awesome and they even took our the vax and eye ointment so that no one would give it to her by accident. 

by on Sep. 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM
Dr.(s) Jennifer Schwarz & Lindsey Dawson, Sacramento, Ca. (delivery out of Mercy San Juan or Sutter Memorial-Sutter being very baby friendly).

I had to be do induced @36wks as my liver and kidneys were failing. Dr. Schwarz (my usual OB) had encouraged my home birth plan before the complications and when I came back to her and Dr. Dawson she told me I had to be induced and the birth plan goes out the window, but they would do everything to stay as close as safely possible to my birth plan (which neither had seen, but both knew of our home birth plans). I ended up having a lot of control over my induction, nurses were very careful to ensure that all staff that interacted with me during l&d didn't ask about or offer pain meds, Dr. Dawson allowed me to push in whatever position I wanted as long as I stayed on the monitor (quite a few positions are possible still), they delayed cutting the cord and my son went directly onto me once he was out. Overall my OBs were amazing in their efforts to give us the birth we wanted and everyone end up healthy.
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by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Newport Hospital, Newport RI.

Have suites for your rooms, give birth in the room you stay in.  Baby stays in the room, have jacuzzi bathtubs in every room for relaxation before birth.  Have a water birth suite if that is what you are looking for as well.  Strongly encourage breastfeedding and dont have a nursurey.  baby stays with you the whole time, unless there are any issues. What an awsome place

by on Oct. 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM

are there any OB recommendations for the Pinehurst area of North Carolina?

by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I don't know if anyone has already said this, but IU Health in Bloomington, IN is a fantastic baby-friendly hospital. They do many different styles of birthing, on the spectrum from fully medicated to natural, anesthesia-free. There are nursing consultants on staff who come when called and stop by at least once per 24 hours, and most of the nursing staff are willing to help with breastfeeding. They allow doulas everywhere except in the C-section surgery room. (There was an incident where a doula yelled at a doctor and now they're all banned from the surgery, or so I hear.) They pretty much let you do whatever you want for your birth, especially if you have a doula. And best of all, there is no nursery. The baby stays with you at all times. (There's a NICU, of course, but healthy babies do not go there.)

I was planning on an unmedicated birth but ended up needing to plan a cesarean because the baby was breech. (A version attempt was unsuccessful, and later it was determined that a uterine abnormality would cause all my babies to be breech.) But even then the hospital managed to make the birth as family-centered as possible, and there was a lot of breastfeeding support. Hands down a great option for anyone in Indiana. People from neighboring counties will drive there to give bith.

by on Oct. 9, 2012 at 10:07 PM

I used the Reading Birth & Women's Center in Reading, PA.  There's 4 midwives and an OB/GYN, if needed.  These midwives are allowed to practice at Reading Hospital if you choose to or have to give birth in the hospital.  You can either give birth in the hospital, at the birthing center, or at home.  I did a home birth and they were wonderful!


by on Oct. 14, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Another one for Massachusetts.... Tobey Hospital in Wareham, Massachusetts and the midwife, Louise Bastarache.

Mom and baby friendly hospital, they prefer breastfeeding moms, no formula bags, no IVs unless you need one for complications, you can labor in the tub or walking the halls, you can birth in any position you want to. They do not offer epidurals AT ALL- you cannot even get one even if you want one, delayed cord clamping, placenta is not considered medical waste- you can bring it home to be encapsulated if you choose to, plus a whole ton more!!!

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by on Dec. 7, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Bay Area Maternity Group ( Cupertino, CA: midwifery practice started by CNM Lin Lee, with OBs on staff; they deliver exclusively at:

El Camino Hospital- Los Gatos, CA: dedicated women's hospital division, lactation specialists on staff, CNMs on staff, private birthing suites with bath or jacuzzi for labor/delivery, encourages skin to skin and rooming in
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