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    Downtown Women

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    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Apr-2020
    Subject:  OB recommendation
    Comment:  I also had two great experiences with downtown women. I had a scheduled cesarean with dr Whitehead and a VBAC with dr Slatky. I would have felt comfortable with any of the doctors in the practice and loved my experience at NYU.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Apr-2020
    Subject:  OB recommendation
    Comment:  I also had a good experience with Downtown Women! I feel like it's the luck of the draw anywhere with who will be on call when you end up delivering, and at least with a place like Downtown Women you've had appointments with all the OBs beforehand. Obviously they have a ton of patients, and some of my prenatal appointments felt a bit rushed/brusque, but I had a good experience overall and especially with birth at NYU. (Dr. Mechlovitz delivered my baby.)
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Apr-2020
    Subject:  OB recommendation
    Comment:  I also used Downtown Women! I really liked that they made a point of rotating you through the practice at every appointment so you knew most/all the doctors by the time you were ready to have the baby. In fact, it made me feel better to not have the pressure of "my" doctor being there since that could have been panic inducing if she wasn't available for some unforeseen reason when the time came.My regular doctor is Dr. Whitehead but Dr. Min delivered my baby - I'm not sure if it was the luck of the schedule or they do this on purpose but Dr. Whitehead ended up coming in the next day to check on me in recovery.Overall between the practice and NYU it was a great experience!
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Apr-2020
    Subject:  OB recommendation
    Comment:  I used Downtown Women, too. I met all the OBs before I delivered at the various appointments so I'd met the one who was on call beforehand. I also really liked delivering at NYU. Excellent nurses.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Apr-2020
    Subject:  OB recommendation
    Comment:  I really liked Downtown Women. They also rotate during regular appts, so you’re familiar with whoever is on call. I also liked knowing that there was someone from the practice on call at the hospital at all times.They deliver at NYU, which was great. I got my epidural within 15 min of asking for one.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 01-Mar-2020
    Subject:  HELLLOOOO??? Welcome May 2020 Families!
    Comment:  I've been a long-time gyn patient at Downtown Women's in Soho and am sticking with them for OB care. I actually like rotating through the doctors and have found them all to be reassuringly capable and non-alarmist. It means I'll deliver at NYU, which is certainly not the most convenient, but does get high marks for birth outcomes. I'm (so far) pretty content to trust my doctors' orders rather than feeling super committed to a particular birth plan. (December 2019)
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 01-Mar-2020
    Subject:  HELLLOOOO??? Welcome May 2020 Families!
    Comment:  I’m also at Downtown Women and delivered my 1st with them at NYU. It’s not the most personal as you rotate through the doctors but I found them all nice and more importantly experienced. I agree on NYU...overall good experience with great nurses but the shared postpartum rooms are TIGHT I was more than ready to get out of there after 2 nights. (December 2019)
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    On 26-Jan-2020
    Subject:  VBAC dr. at NY Pres/Weill Cornell
    Comment:  I had a vbac with Downtown Women, which I recommend highly. However, they deliver at NYU Langone, not NYP. But every provider I met with at Downtown Women (they have you meet with all the OBs) was supportive of plans for a vbac, and I delivered with Dr. Whitehead, who is amazing.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 15-Nov-2019
    Subject:  Ob/GYN recommendation
    Comment:  Downtown women delivered my first and I can’t recommend them. Happy to discuss further offline.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 15-Nov-2019
    Subject:  Ob/GYN recommendation
    Comment:  I'm with Downtown Women's. EDD early February. I was already seeing Dr. Mechlovitz prior to my pregnancy but had only met her twice and I haven't seen her since I got pregnant - but that will change next week. Yay!I have not met (nor had I heard of) Dr. Whitehead yet.Overall I agree with the Pros and Cons mentioned by another on this thread. Pro: the practice is very organized - appointments are kept on time and reminders get sent regularly. Con: It's a very large practice (turnover is inevitable) Pro: They were very accommodating to my travel plans during early pregnancy (I was overseas for most of my first trimester - which to no fault of theirs means I'm still forming my opinion of the practice) Con: I'm still meeting Drs and some are very young (ie green). Pro: They have a great relationship with NYU maternal-fetal care (I'm 42 so it matters) Con: I see the folks at NYU more frequently than my actual OBs. Pro: Office Location - right by Prince & B-Way Con: Hospital Location - on 1st ave at 32nd St - and yes you might have some appointments there before delivery! I was just there yesterday. Pro: They have midwives and a counselor on staff! Con: The midwives don't do deliveries. And the counselor does not take insurance.btw: Dr. La Joie is great! I met her on my initial prenatal visit and wish she were my primary.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 15-Nov-2019
    Subject:  Ob/GYN recommendation
    Comment:  My baby was delivered by Dr Whitehead at Downtown Women and she was absolutely wonderful. I still go to the practice for gynecological checkups. I would say that their e-booking system just plain doesn't work so phone for appointments. Whenever I was concerned about pregnancy issues they got me appointments that same day. This was 6 years ago.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 15-Nov-2019
    Subject:  Ob/GYN recommendation
    Comment:  I’m a big fan of downtown women, too. Dr mechlovitz delivered my baby last year and she was really awesome. Dr whitehead is wonderful. I liked almost all the doctors (5/6!) though it seems like they’ve changed a little bit. I liked the office staff, too. Much better than the other ob-gyn I tried (which was on the ues.)
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 15-Nov-2019
    Subject:  Ob/GYN recommendation
    Comment:  I had my first with Downtown Women (delivered via planned c-section with Dr. Whitehead, who was AWESOME), and loved them so much I've stayed with the practice and am enjoying things just as much now with my second pregnancy. They've had some staffing changes over the last year, but nothing that's alarmed me (one doctor is out on parental leave I think, one midwife retired, one doctor seems to have gone to a more academic research position rather than patient-facing one, etc). And I REALLY like the new doctors I've met so far. There have been one or two minor hiccups this time around, but nothing alarming and everyone was extremely apologetic and resolved the issue very quickly when we flagged it.I find the practice to be extremely responsive. Anytime I email or call with a question I get a response within a day, usually less, and for concerning things (either I was concerned or they were), they've found a way to get me into the office that day. This time around, they even managed to squeeze me in the Friday before a holiday weekend.I recommend them highly and am happy to talk to you more about your concerns with the practice.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 15-Nov-2019
    Subject:  Ob/GYN recommendation
    Comment:  I am seeing Dr. Whitehead at Downtown Women. I was also unhappy with my OB/Gyn when I started trying to get pregnant, and a friend of mine highly recommended Dr. Whitehead (who she had been seeing for annual appointments and infertility). I haven’t delivered yet, but the pros and cons in my opinion:Pros: I do like Dr. Whitehead very much, as well as most other doctors/midwives I’ve met. They are always on time, which my husband and I appreciate. I haven’t had trouble getting appointments, whether a month out, week out or day of (emergency) - it’s a big practice. They deliver at NYU Langone, which I’ve only heard good things about. They have birth ed classes, other support groups and resources, love doulas.Cons: I am STILL meeting doctors at 38 weeks. There is a chance a stranger will show up at delivery! Some of them are very young. Although they do have midwives on staff, they apparently do not have admitting privileges at NYU, which is too bad. Twice the front office staff has messed up my appointment times and weren’t so accommodating - I think that is probably where the negative reviews probably come from.All in all I’ve been happy with the practice.
    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    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!
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    On 10-May-2018
    Subject:  2018 Review
    Comment:  The docs and midwives at Downtown Women OBGYN deliver at NYU and are fantastic
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    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!
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    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
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    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!
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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