Where were your children born (if they were born in Austin)? Would you recommend the hospital?

Sarah - posted on 12/03/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My last son was born in Washington and I am now pregnant again. But I do not know anything about the hospitals here in Austin. Which are good for giving birth in? Which to avoid? (I live in South Austin, if that matters. Our closest hospital is St. David's.

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Mariah - posted on 12/16/2010

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I delivered at Seton Medical Center on 38th St. Great facility, had my own room, security measures went beyond my expectations. The Nursing staff was AWESOME and the doctors were great too. Also you can get around paying for parking in the garage by taking your car out after the attendant leaves at 9pm and moving the car on to the street when there is more street parking available.

I had a c-section by Dr. Kish, she's with the OB-Gyn Group of Austin, great bedside and overall attitude.

Daphne - posted on 12/12/2010

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I have had one at North Austin Medical Center at Mopac and Parmer. The other at St Davids. It was great at both, but N Austin was so nice and new... I think would choose them!

Kristine - posted on 12/10/2010

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I delivered at Seton SW & LOVED it. I had a c-section by Dr. Schnieder (Hill Country OBGYN) & was allowed to use a vaginal mirror near my head for my surgery so I got to see my LO come out. It was AWESOME!

Gioconda - posted on 12/09/2010

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check with them about Dr Martha (Marti) Schmitz. I believe she sees patients in a south Austin location (I don't know exactly where but I have a pregnant massage client who sees her somewhere south but will deliver at NAMC with the midwives and her.) Don't know exactly when the practice formed, but it's pretty recent ... in the last 3 years maybe.

Kayla - posted on 12/09/2010

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Oh wow, this is the first I've ever heard of a place like this! How long ago was this practice formed?

Karen - posted on 12/08/2010

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I had a homebirth and an amazing experience. And I was 41 when I gave birth - my midwife was unconcerned with my age. I used Julia Bower, and would also recommend GB Khalsa if anyone is looking for a midwife to interview. We have some amazing practictioners here!

I know too that there is a doctor up North who works with midwives at the hospital there - it's N. Austin Medical Center or something like that. The doctor is Dr. Sybastian (sp. is probably incorrect) and she is supposed to be amazing.

For S. Austin, if you're planning on going to the St. David's at Ben White and S. 1st, I can't recommend Dr. Renee Lockey highly enough. She's my Gyn, and was my OB until I decided to do a home birth. She relocated to this hospital in the past 2 years and has been working to make it a better place for maternity. And she's a fantastic, personally-involved doctor.

Kayla - posted on 12/06/2010

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No, there is not. Midwives and OB/GYN's in Austin are rivaling care providers. Sadly, they do not work in conjunction with one another and there is much animosity directed toward the midwives. There are at least 3 freestanding birth centers, however (CentreVida, and 2 Austin Area Birthing Centers.) AABC South is on William Canon and the midwife who delivered my daughter at home 15 months ago is currently working there. Her name is Vicki Meindhardt. I know 3 other mothers who used her (2 at home, 1 in the center) and loved her also. I don't know about patient age restrictions, but I'm sure you can call to ask. I think they charge 3-4000.

Sarah - posted on 12/06/2010

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My son was born under the care of a midwife -- in the birth center at a hospital.

I'm completely uninterested in a homebirth. Does Austin have anything like this? Midwifes that can aid in the birth at the hospital?

Can a midwife take a patient that is >35 years?

Kayla - posted on 12/05/2010

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Austin has several birthing centers, I hear the experiences there are wonderful. I personally had a homebirth, and would never choose to birth in a hospital. There are several wonderful midwives in the area also. A simple Google search would yield several options.

Kira - posted on 12/04/2010

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My first son was born in Washington as well. :) My youngest son was born here in Austin at St. Davids North. They had just renovated their entire labor and delivery wing (as of Dec 2008) and everything was shiny and new. The staff was attentive and very nice. It was a good experience! :)
My sister in law had 2 children (the most recent in April of this year) at the St. Davids South, and she had nothing but good things to say about them too. :)

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