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    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 05-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Anyone deliver at NYU & can recommend a great OB?
    Comment:  I also delivered at NYU with downtown women’s and have Aetna. I was very happy with the practice, with my favorite doctor being Dr. Whitehead. Dr. Lajoie delivered my son and she was great as well. I also really liked Dr. Min when I saw her!
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 05-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Anyone deliver at NYU & can recommend a great OB?
    Comment:  I also go to Downtown Women. I met all but one of the doctors during my pregnancy, and Dr. Whitehead was the one who actually delivered my baby. I was scheduled to meet her later that week but my daughter surprised us all and came early. I was honestly so out of it that I don’t remember much of my labor or her but do recall her being nice!At the end of my first trimester, I was considered “high-risk” due to an abnormal test result and they were nothing but thorough and made sure I was seen at Downtown Women and NYU for monthly ultrasounds and tests.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 05-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Anyone deliver at NYU & can recommend a great OB?
    Comment:  Hi, I love Dr. Whitehead at Downtown Women. She is amazing. I had to meet each doctor while pregnant (I think a few doctors have left since I gave birth in January 2017), but I was able to do the rest of the appointments with Dr. Whitehead. The office is run really well. I never had to wait too long for an appointment. I usually got early morning appointments easily. Best of luck!
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 05-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Anyone deliver at NYU & can recommend a great OB?
    Comment:  I delivered 2 of my 3 babies with Downtown Women at NYU and had a great experience both times. (Including Dr. Lajoie coming *this close* to delivering the youngest one in a Lyft on the way to the hospital when I showed up for a regular appointment at 10cm dilated
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 05-Sep-2019
    Subject:  Anyone deliver at NYU & can recommend a great OB?
    Comment:  I really like Downtown Women who deliver at NYU. I have Aetna too so they definitely take it. My OB was Dr. Suzanne LaJoie but I like all the doctors I’ve met there (they have you meet multiple doctors in case yours isn’t available when you go into labor).
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 29-Mar-2019
    Subject:  2019 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Love them! Best ob in town. All the docs are wonderful.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 29-Mar-2019
    Subject:  2019 Birth Survey
    Comment:  I have been going to this practice for a long time. I moved away for a few years and I found it to be very busy and not very personal. I'm glad that this wasn't my second pregnancy because they ruined a lot of the excitement with alarmist treatment. Dr. Whitehead has the best bedside manner and she really cares for the patient. She was the only doctor that actually read my chart prior to coming into the room. Dr. Whitehead delivered my baby via c-section and everything went well. All and all my pregnancy and birthing experience was 100 times better in LA.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 22-Mar-2019
    Subject:  2019 Birth Survey
    Comment:  I loved all the providers here, including the nurses who answered all my questions via many, many phone calls.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 22-Mar-2019
    Subject:  2019 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Great bc as a doctor's group there is always someone available but then it becomes a bit too impersonal. I don't doubt the doctors' medical expertise but a few could use better bedside manners, and I definitely felt pressured into a having a c-section. I would have asked to see the only midwife in the group earlier had I known about her.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 22-Jan-2019
    Subject:  New OB recommendations
    Comment:  I went to Downtown Women OBGYN and they were great. It is an all female group of doctors; you see all of them throughout your pregnancy.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 15-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  I'm glad we took the class at our OB's office. It gave us a lot of insight into the hospital. I'm also happy we took a short class, instead of multiple sessions. I felt more prepared for what to do when I went into labor and what to expect, and helped me decide when I should get meds.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 15-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  I unfortunately forgot the instructor’s name, but my OB-GYN’s office offered a 4 hour long class in which she told us how to ease pain, what were the early signs of labor, and what to expect at the hospital. It was a good intro as a first-time mom and dad. The instructor herself, was a nurse at the hospital we would be at so she had a wealth of knowledge.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 09-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Two doctors cared for me during the course of labor and eventual c-section delivery. Both were great, I felt that they were responsive to my experiences and balanced not being overly interventionist with also making sure that medical needs were met.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 09-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  I was very pleased with my experience with Downtown Women. I was initially concerned that the practice might be too interventionist for my birth-center mindset. I ended up having to induce due to gestational diabetes, but was committed to as natural a birth as possible even so. The doctors at Downtown Women did everything in their power to make that happen. And even though I ended up with some additional (necessary) interventions, they worked with me to ensure that I was able to have as much of the birth experience that I wanted. During labor I went through 3 of the 6 doctors (44 hour labor) and all three were caring, thoughtful, and listened. In the end, I am so happy for the birth experience they provided.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 09-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  All the doctors at this practice are amazing! During my prenatal visits I connected a lot with Dr. Whitehead and secretly hoped she'd be the one to deliver my baby, I was so happy with Dr. Mechlovitz!!! I don't think I could've gone through the experience or been able to push in time without needing a c-section had she not been so encouraging and sweet.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 09-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  I really liked all of the doctors. Their system of rotating you through doctors is great too, so you knew the doctor who was on duty when you were in labor. My only complaint about the practice was the front desk staff could be a little short and disorganized.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 09-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  This was my second baby with downtown women. had a great experience with them. You rotate through all the doctors (there are 6 or 7), so you don't necessarily have a strong relationship with the doctor that delivers you. But I felt very well cared for throughout my pregnancy and would work with downtown women again if I have a third baby.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 09-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  When you’re newly pregnant, DTW can feel like a baby factory; they have you in and out super fast. However, as pregnancy progresses, the doctors start spending more time with you, making sure all your questions are answered and addressing any concerns you have. You’ll rotate through all the doctors there, and while I certainly developed favorites, they’re all great.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 10-May-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  Downtown Women obgyn in soho deliver at NYU. I really liked everyone I saw there. My OB was Dr. LaJoie and I also saw (and loved) Emory Ship who is midwife at Downtown Women. I had a great experience at NYU and highly recommend it!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 10-May-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  I would highly recommend any doctor from the Downtown Women's practice, especially Dr. Whitehead. They are knowledgable and beyond wonderful!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 10-May-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  The docs and midwives at Downtown Women OBGYN deliver at NYU and are fantastic
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 19-Mar-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  I went to Downtown Women’s, which I really, really liked. I didn’t have a referral for a specific doctor so I was cycled through all the doctors throughout my pregnancy, not just at the end. Though I think that’s how it works for most people there. My favorites were Dr. Min, Dr. Whitehead and Dr. Collins. They also have midwives on staff that do office visits. I especially loved that aspect.They deliver at NYU, which was a really good experience for us. I have United/Oxford + Choice Strategies (an HRA), which covered everything except for a few hundred dollars.Downtown also has an adjacent gyno practice so I’m planning to use them for my next check up!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 23-Jan-2018
    Subject:   [Spring2016Babies] Need New OBGYN
    Comment:  Am at Downtown Women for my current pregnancy (30 weeks along...) and also delivered [my child] (21 months) at NYU Langone with Downtown Women. Echoing everyone's comments on the OBs (because of complications, we saw 3 different OBs during our stay at Langone---all outstanding.) but also wanted to say that the midwives in the practice (Emory and Emily in particular) are also great. Emory identified and diagnosed my postpartum diastasis recti and pelvic floor issues at my 6 week postpartum visit for Sylvie and put me on a great path for recovery. I'm so grateful for their thoughtful practice.Happy to talk more about them if you want to connect one-on-one. One note: they seem to be pretty booked and it's worth reaching out ASAP to see if they are taking new patients
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 23-Jan-2018
    Subject:  [Spring2016Babies] Need New OBGYN
    Comment:  Love downtown women! Dr Min and Dr Taylor-Shih are amazing but to be honest all the Docs there are great. Good luck!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 23-Jan-2018
    Subject:  [Spring2016Babies] Need New OBGYN
    Comment:  I also switched to Downtown OBGYN (post-pregnancy) and like them a lot. I see Dr Min for regular visits, but have met with other doctors there for last minute appointments and have been very satisfied with their care. Also, FYI, it's a very hip office - much more so then my old, staid midtown OB's office!
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 23-Jan-2018
    Subject:  [Spring2016Babies] Need New OBGYN
    Comment:  I’ve used Downtown OBGYN with two pregnancies (and GYN care before and after). I liked them both times but definitely more the second. They use NYU.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 23-Jan-2018
    Subject:  [Spring2016Babies] Need New OBGYN
    Comment:  Downtown Women’s OBGYN is great. I went to them before I was pregnant but then switched to a home birth midwife. Hey are in SoHo. I don’t know about he hospital affiliation or insurance though.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 07-Jan-2018
    Subject:  [Fall2016babies] ISO OB or midwife recommendations
    Comment:  I went to Downtown Women and delivered at NYU- I had a very good experience! At downtown women you meet with a bunch of different doctors, which I know isn’t what everyone wants, but I found them all to be really nice and helpful. I was comfortable knowing that whoever ended up on call when I had Oliver would be good.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 07-Dec-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the Park Slope Parents 2017 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Loved using downtown women! I had certain doctors that I preferred from a bedside manner stand point - Drs. Mechlovitz and Whitehead are amazing - but ultimately I found all of them to be capable and trustworthy. Practice is very busy and sometimes difficult to get someone on the phone but they were excellent and accommodating throughout my pregnancy especially during a complicated first trimester.Based on a October 2017 birthing experience.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 07-Dec-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the Park Slope Parents 2017 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Amazing - this is a practice with 7 OBs + 2 midwives. During the pregnancy, you have appointment with all the doctors there. On my birthing day, Dr. Whitehead was the rotating OB on duty, and she was AMAZING!Based on a September 2017 birthing experience.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 14-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Excellent. All of the doctors are fabulous.Based on a June 2017 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 14-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Above average but not as great as with the first birth six years ago. This time the on-call doctor didn't feel confident she could execute my fairly complicated emergency C-section so a seasoned NYU staff surgeon was called to the OR to do it instead. That was a positive i.e. To admit that she (the younger, less experienced Downtown Women doctor) wasn't confident in my case was tough but appreciated. Still, this birth overall was more stressful.Based on a April 2017 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 14-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Office visits can feel impersonal and vary based on who you see (6 doctors and two midwives in practice), but overall I was happy with my experience and love Dr. Whitehead who was on call when our baby was born.Based on a June 2017 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 14-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  My husband and I really liked, trusted and enjoyed 4 out of the 6 doctors at DW. One we simply never met before the hospital (who turned out to be the worst of them all! Very grumpy with no bedside manner) and one we found obnoxious. You never know which one is going to be on shift for your Labor and delivery and unfortunately the two we did not like were the ones on shift for me. When I was given petocin within one hour of arriving at the hospital and the reasons why were basically shouted at us when we asked and we felt belittled (were just trying to understand why I needed it so quickly and why other methods weren't being tried first). I also had an episiotomy at a time when I felt capable of still pushing and there was no tearing (as confirmed by the hospital PA and nurses). In the end, my baby was delivered happy and healthy and I healed incredibly well, even from the stitches (i.e. no scar tissue), however, I will strongly consider finding a new OB practice for my next pregnancy.Based on a May 2017 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 16-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  I can't say enough good thinkgs about downtown women. They are great. Lots of different doctors to find the one that best fits you. This can be challenging because you don't know who you will get. I liked the majority of them very much and the others were okay.Based on June 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 15-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  All the doctors in the practice are great - very nice, patient, willing to answer questions. I like that you get to meet with all of them throughout your pregnancy; that way no matter who delivers you, you've met with them at least once or twice before. I also met with some of the midwives who were very helpful and provided a useful other perspective. I had a schedule C-section because my baby was breach, and the doctors were very helpful in explaining my options beforehand. The procedure itself went well and I had an easy recovery.Based on October 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 15-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  overall great- i was very concerned after learning their induction policy. make sure you ask about it before you become a patient. not the most personal service but most of the providers were warm!Based on aug birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 15-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Great practice, very organized and thorough. All doctors are great, but you have to be okay with seeing multiple doctors, as there is no guarantee who will be on-call when you give birth. Of course I had my favorites (Dr. Collins and Dr. Whitehead), but made sure I saw all doctors at least once so a "stranger" didn't greet me in the delivery room. Dr. Collins was on-call when I went into labor and I ended up having an emergency c-section, which Dr. Collins handled expertly. I also experienced borderline mastitis my first night home and had no idea what was going on. I called the after-hours line and a nurse practitioner walked me through how to relieve the issue via multiple phone calls throughout the night.Based on July 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 15-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Downtown Women OBGYN
    Comment:  All the OBs at this practice were amazing. Very detail oriented and knowledgeable. I was confident in all doctors' abilities to deliver my baby.Based on Feb 2017 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 15-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  I really liked all the provides at Downtown Women. They were nice and good at explaining everything, and I also felt that I had some control over the experience. During the birth Dr. Min was very aware of what I was feeling, and adjusted how I was positioned (in a positive way) without me even saying the other position didn't feel right. She was very calming throughout the whole process.Based on January, 2017 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 15-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Downtown Women is a really busy practice, so you don't spend a lot of time with your providers when you come in for office visits, and you don't have a specific OB, you just see whoever you can schedule with. That said, I liked all the doctors and midwives at the practice, and found them to be knowledgable and respectful of my wishes and preferences. In general, their philosophy is low-intervention but very evidence-based, which aligned with my own preferences.Based on February 2017 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 15-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  So-so. Pros: efficient, no long waiting times, helpful staff. Cons: They dont volunteer a lot of information, you need to ask. Really push induction if you go over your due date. One provider was very condescending, but you rotate between providers.Based on Nov 2016 birth experience
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    On 15-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Wonderful team! Downtown has been with me through 3 miscarriages, IVF and now a birth. They did an amazing job throughout.Based on January 2017 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 29-Oct-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  Nancy and Emory are the midwives at Downtown women.Review I loved Nancy and Emory. They take a lot of time with you and were careful to answer all my questions.Based on July 2016 birthing experience
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    On 29-Oct-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  All of the doctors in the group are fantastic! We rotated during my pregnancy and always felt well informed, safe and well cared for. Dr Min and Dr Ufberg ended up handling my labor/delivery (they switched partway through labor) and it was a really positive experience overall.Based on july 2016 birthing experience
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    On 29-Oct-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  I love this practice. I was looking for no nonsense doctors who weren't into interventions. I wasn't looking for a real bond with my ob, just someone I trusted who listened and was available, and not c-section or induction happy. At this practice, you are seen by all the doctors so you know the person who will be with you for delivery. And they have midwife checkups as well, and I loved the midwives.Based on July 2016 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 29-Oct-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  I liked some of the doctors in this practice and was very lucky to have one of my favorites, Dr Whitehead, on call during my induction. She was very patient, encouraging, competent and cool during some tough moments and all in all led me through the process brilliantly. I chose this practice because they deliver at NYU and I had been a patient previously. Some doctors in the practice can come off as cool and not very caring, but as long as you are a good advocate for yourself, they don't shy away from answering questions. Excellent nurses line and after hours support. And medically I was confident I received great care during my pregnancy.Based on March 2016 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 29-Oct-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  My primary OB was Dr Whitehead. I adore her, and she is my favorite in the practice! Since you get "shared" amongst the entire practice and don't know who will be in the delivery room with you, you rotate at each visit throughout pregnancy to meet all doctors and midwives. They all have different bedside manners and approaches, so it is great to meet all of them and ask them all the same questions so you know what to expect when game-day comes around. I lucked out and had my two favorites: Dr Whitehead and Dr Min - whose shifts overlapped during my delivery date and so they both ended up in the room with me in the end. I had to be induced due to very low amniotic fluid post due-date, and Dr Whitehead insured that the approach was as gentle and natural as possible (e.g. administered the minimum amount of pitocin to start and said would only increase if deemed necessary - which it wasn't, ultimately). She and Dr Min both fully respected and supported my preference for as natural a birth as possible, and I feel that I got exactly the care and advice that I wished for and expected. (I delivered vaginally in the end, and with no interventions other than being induced.) Dr LaJoie and Dr Shih did not have my preferred bedside manner (I felt they were at times condescending, but worth noting that I was an overly sensitive hormonal pregnant woman at the time!), and I did not feel they always shared my exact philosophies of child birthing (a bit by the book and more interested in dictating what they felt was the first, safe option rather than exploring/discussing other options), but I fully trust them as highly qualified doctors who always had me and my baby's health and safety as their highest priority. The ENTIRE practice and staff offered incredible support and guidance through a toxoplasmosis scare, a previa, and a bleeding incident (which led to hospitalization in my 7th month). I very highly recommend this practice.Based on February 2016 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 29-Oct-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted via the 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  It's a good practice, and I really liked all the doctors I met with. Unfortunately, the doctor who was on duty the night I gave birth was one of the only few doctors I never met. I ended up having to be induced three weeks early and I was an unprepared emotional mess. Dr. LaJoie didn't have the best bedside manner and seemed impatient with me, and when she told me I'd need to have a C-section she was abrasive and kind of mean about it all. I loved Dr. Collins, though, and she's the one who realized I needed to be induced and is the one who sent me to the hospital. I really think she saved my daughter's life. I wish she could have been in Labor and Delivery with me!Based on March 2016 birthing experience
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    On 09-Oct-2016
    Subject:  Review submitted by 2016 Birth Survey
    Comment:  This practice is large which I think is the only downside. I love dr whitehead who ended up being the one to deliver me. She was so supportive and encouraging in the delivery room, and helped me avoid having any assistance (eg vacuum etc) which was really important to me. Also their office is very conveniently located with the benefit of delivering at NYU hospital.Member notes about insurance: They do take insurance. I haven't had much experience to speak of related to insurance which I guess means it's a good experience!Based on a march 2016 birthing experience
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