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Well I had a feeling that this would be the case. I had several issues with my first pregnancy. Everything from Kidney infections and stones to high blood pressure and pre-term labor. Sad I can't lie that I am not sad. The other thing that bothers me was that my OB said that they won't allow me to deliver at the birthing center that is directly attached to L&D.

Then the other thing about this office I don't like is that all of my appointments will be with different doctors. there 12 in the practice and I have to meet them all :/ I don't like this at all..... I want a SINGLE OB who knows my issues.... Seriously considering a new office..... Any suggestions?

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it can't hurt to interview other docs. I personally, went out of my way to schedule apts with all the docs in the practice with my second (new/current ob) because I wanted to be familiar with whoever might be on-call when I went in to labor (or know that if someone was in I wanted a different doc). But the majority of my care was one ob and he was the one "in charge". If you aren't comfortable then I think it's worth "shopping around". I like all of my docs (some more than others) and I trust that they are giving me the best care they can (they are up on all research)... the most important part is I feel listened to and valued. I would put together a list of the things that are important to you (method of birthing, care continueity, time...) and really decide if you are comfy or if you want to move.

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a couple other thoughts...

Have you asked WHY they won't let you use the birthing center? There may be legit reasons or there may be reasons that can be compromised on. For example, in the birth center it will take an extra 10 minutes to get to the OR for an emergency or they can't get certain emergency equipment into the center. (I would think that was a legit concern personally). Or, maybe it's a concern about additional testing, like they don't have internal fetal monitors in the center... in which case you could set up an agreement that you will start in the birthing center and if further testing is deemed necessary you can move into the L&D (which seems compromisable).

secondly, you said you have to "meet them all"... could you have a regular ob that tracks everything and just have a meet and greet (since you are considered "high risk" I totally understand wanting continuity of care - and might be able to approach it that way).

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They don't allow high risk pregnancy moms to deliver in the birthing center.

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I changed docs after my first m/c because the other practice i was at pushed me to the high risk side because of my history of a 33 weeker and a uterine septum ( removed 1.5 years ago). But the high risk side had 10+ doctors, all residents and their attendings. I wasn't comfortable with the situation, and after the miscarriage was handled so impersonally i began looking for new care. I have switched to another practice with only 2 docs but they handle all high risk, too. Switching was the right move for me.
If you're really uncomfortable, i say start looking. U have to be comfortable with your caregivers or it will be a miserable pregnancy.
However, you may not find any birthing center that will allow you to deliver there. They can't take the risk of a high risk pregnancy and the risk of complications that they might not be able to handle as well. Maybe you can just find a doctor that you like that is on board with your birthplan.

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My OB office is sorta the same; you rotate among the doctors on staff (there are 6). The goal is for anyone of them to be familiar with your pregnancy since anyone of them may be on call when you go into labor. I'm ok with this, but only because I'm familiar with them all already; they delivered both my kids and handled my miscarriage. But, I was more uneasy about it with my first pregnancy.

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personally I would go for another OB office too... Of course keep up your appointments with your current office until you choose a new one Smile