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    Downtown Women

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    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 30-Jun-2021
    Subject:  NYU OBGYN rec?
    Comment:  Downtown women takes my insurance and I really appreciate their efficiency and office no wait time and their office staff is really responsive on paperwork (doctors notes, parental leave stuff etc)
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 30-Jun-2021
    Subject:  NYU OBGYN rec?
    Comment:  I moved to Downtown Women. Appointments are always on time. This was my third pregnancy and I went through an intense depression and a lot of anxiety. Even though they want you to cycle through the practice, I asked that I only see Dr Bahora. Once I was feeling better towards the end of my pregnancy I cycled through the practice. They have a therapist and I’ve been in group therapy since October. It’s awesome. Dr LaJoie delivered me and she was amazing. Every doctor at downtown women seemed like someone I could get along with. They were all caring and concerned about my well-being. I thought it was a really well run practice.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 07-Feb-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  I had a very good experience with Downtown Women's. The pros: they have a set of great women doctors, lots of availability, mid-wives available, extensive experience. The cons: you don't build a dedicated relationship with one doctor, and at times things are "lost" as you talk to different doctors each time. You also may not be delivered by one of your "favorites."
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 07-Feb-2021
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  I had excellent care at Downtown Women. COVID made the experience more difficult (what experience did not become more difficult in 2020?) but ultimately, I liked almost every doctor (except one) that I saw at DTW. I made sure to rotate so that I could have at least one interaction with each of them before my baby arrived. In the week leading up to giving birth, I had to advocate for myself pretty hard to avoid induction. It was the only moment that I was frustrated in the care I was getting, but it all turned out alright! On the day that I delivered, there were some minor complications and the doctors did an amazing job keeping me calm and bringing our boy into the world! I highly recommend DTW.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 30-Jan-2021
    Subject:  Ob/gyn at NYU-Langone
    Comment:  Another vote for Downtown Women (and Dr. Whitehead in particular, though I liked all the doctors there). Downtown's model is to get you familiar with their entire roster of doctors throughout your pregnancy, since you don't know who will be on call when you go into labor. I used Downtown for my second kid at 44 years old and they were thoughtful in assessing my risk and talking me through the pros/cons of a VBAC or scheduled c-section, without pushing me in either direction.Downtown also has ultrasound equipment at their office - and their ultrasound tech is exceptionally good - so for the most part you don't have to visit the hospital or other facilities during your pregnancy, except for your 20-week ish scans which will be done at the NYU imaging facility in midtown.
    Reviewed by 2021Review
    On 30-Jan-2021
    Subject:  Ob/gyn at NYU-Langone
    Comment:  The Downtown Women's practice is a solid team. Dr. Whitehead is amazing.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 06-Dec-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Some doctors I didn't love, but most I did and I loved all the midwives and reception. Overall very responsive and helpful and I felt like they really know what they are doing.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 27-Nov-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  We took a birthing class through Downtown Women OBGYN Associates and I enjoyed it. They provided us with easily digestible information, at a flexible weekend schedule. They allowed for lots of time for questions and it was an open and welcoming environment. I felt informed and prepared when I went into labor.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 27-Nov-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  I had a mixed experience at Downtown woman. Because of the pandemic, the first 6 months of my pregnancy were virtual visits. I felt rushed and while I was trying to rotate through the different doctors, I didn’t feel like anyone really was following up with my pregnancy. During the pregnancy information was given to me in a way that felt out of context and sometimes made me panic a bit. I ended up having to plan a C section and Dr Lajoie was the most excellent and caring and emphatetic doctor. She also did an amazing job and my scar healed immediately. Her and Dr Whitehead are truly knowledgeable, compassionate and dedicated doctors. I also really liked their midwife Sasha. But some of the other doctors felt too young and sometimes dismissive. As mentioned some of the cities are really excellent but you don’t know who will deliver your baby and next time I would prefer a more personalized experience.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 09-Nov-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  If you want an unmedicated birth- this provider is not for you. They are a good option otherwise but if you want minimal intervention these are not your people.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 09-Nov-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Overall I was very happy with them and think they handled Covid disruptions well. I had fewer appointments than normal because of Covid and so met most doctors only once. I liked some more than others (Doctors Whitehead, Mechlovitz, and Min were my favorites), but liked them all enough that I was confident heading in to labor. Dr. Min delivered the baby and I thought she was great.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 16-Oct-2020
    Subject:  OB who can work closely with psychiatrist
    Comment:  I was at DW for both pregnancies - i went off meds for my first and stayed on for my second. While DW didn't interact w/my psychiatric nurse, i f.lt supported in my decisions and felt it was easy to discuss w/the team at DW. I found that my work with my psychiatric nurse was sufficient. I hear you saying you want that one-on-one b/n your psychiatrist and OB - i agree that this would be hard w/DW. If you feel this is necessary for you i would switch to another OB.fwiw, things went well both the first and second time around w/DW - and I think delivering at NYU is really great - if i had it to do a third time (which i won't :)) i'd go back to NYU over any alternative.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 16-Oct-2020
    Subject:  OB who can work closely with psychiatrist
    Comment:  I had my first with Downtown Women and had a difficult and stressful pregnancy. I loved all the doctors but didn't love the lack of consistency and having to go through my "story" every time. When I got pregnant with my 2nd I was in SF and went to a similar practice but chose to not rotate and take a gamble that the OBs who I met wouldn 't be the OB who delivered me. Even more so with your second, your OB will not be around much for your labor. It's the nurses, residents and midwives. Not sure how Downtown feels about only seeing one provider but worth asking. My favorites are Dr. Whitehead and Dr. Lui.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 16-Oct-2020
    Subject:  OB who can work closely with psychiatrist
    Comment:  I went to downtown womens. Because of my work schedule I mostly had morning appointments and saw the same OB most times during my pregnancy. My recollection is that you don’t *have to* rotate between doctors there if you don’t feel the need. I viewed it as an offering for nervous first time moms who want to meet each doctor personally. As a second time mom (at downtown women’s for the first time) I didn’t really care to meet all of them and just scheduled as I saw fit. Good luck!
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 23-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  I like that you see multiple doctors and will know the person who helps you deliver the baby, and you get a chance to be sure you’re getting good advice in that you’re not stuck with one doctor.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 13-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Highly recommend them. Initially, pre-covid, I was not a huge fan because they make you see a different doctor every time (They have a lot of doctors!) and was not feeling that personal connection. However, during COVID, they made sure that every patient's concerns were answered and hosted many zoom sessions with doctors who will answer any questions, and to create a sense of community. Once you get to speak to each doctor, they are all wonderful and are very experienced.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 13-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  BIRTHING CLASSES: The class was great! The nurse who taught it has been an L&D nurse for 20 years, had seen it all, and was very reassuring. She was very patient and answered all our questions, and gave a really detailed idea of what to expect.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Excellent prenatal care rotating through all the OBs. I had Christine Messenger for delivery and she was good, though somewhat rigid about birthing approach in the moment.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Very disappointed with my experience with them. First, it felt like a pregnancy factory - there are a number of different OBs, and they push you to take appointments with all of them so you actually get to know none of them. Several of their OBs are literally just out of residency. With the exception of Dr. Whitehead (who is amazing), my appointments felt extremely rushed. I would get weighed, BP checked, baby's heartbeat checked and I was practically pushed out the door.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  The class was great! The nurse who taught it has been an L&D nurse for 20 years, had seen it all, and was very reassuring. She was very patient and answered all our questions, and gave a really detailed idea of what to expect.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Dr. Bahora was great! Downtown women's does a rotating appointment schedule so you meet all the OBs while you're pregnant. Dr. Bahora was on call the night I went into labor and she was very kind and soothing on the phone (I went into labor a month early) and really great in the delivery room. As a first-time mom I felt very supported.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  I found Downtown Women to be terrific throughout
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Loved the practice. Dr. Min delivered my baby but you rotate through all of them and I would’ve been comfortable with any of them for my delivery. Highly recommended.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  I appreciated the Downtown Women's approach of cycling through all physicians in the practice throughout my pregnancy. I liked getting to speak with different doctors and getting different opinions to repeated questions, while the whole practice aligned with my non-alarmist approach to care. It's a busy practice and, especially once Covid took hold, that could result in some slightly rushed visits. But I appreciated the care with which the practice handled Covid precautions and safety. Dr. Whitehead performed my c-section and I really couldn't have asked for a better bedside manner. She also oozed competence and confidence, without even a whiff of arrogance, which was immensely helpful in approaching a stressful surgery! She did such a wonderful job distracting me by chatting about our shared connections to Michigan while the anesthesiologist put in my epidural that I didn't realize what she was doing until about halfway through.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Love Downtown Womens. Each doctor was amazing and I always felt like I was in the best hands.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  I've been with this practice for years and had an excellent experience with the OB team. The team of doctors is large, so you see each doctor at least once over the course of your OB visits. The team of doctors is diverse in their medical approaches, but I felt like I was in good hands the entire time. The office space is very nice, and they took careful health and safety precautions as the pandemic became more severe. I'd highly recommend this group.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Downtown Women is an OBGYN practice with multiple providers. Throughout your pregnancy, you see these providers on a rotating basis, the idea being that you will at least be familiar with whoever is on call to deliver your baby when the time comes. I had a range of experiences with the providers - some I loved and others I thought were just fine - but overall I felt the prenatal care I received was sufficient. However, when it came time to labor and deliver, Downtown Women really disappointed me. Communication from the provider on call was dismal and I felt forced into an induction that I didn't understand nor do I think was actually necessary (I've consulted other OB friends since who state they would have handled the situation differently). When called out on this, the provider was defensive and patronizing. Not sharing with me all the information about my own health was extremely disrespectful, and I went into my birth experience with a tremendous amount of unnecessary fear and confusion. I will say that ultimately I ended up with a healthy baby boy and for that I thank Downtown Women, but I would not recommend them to others.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  Excellent progressive OB’s that are open to following your birth plan if there aren’t health risks. It’s hard to get thru by phone sometimes but if you make new appointments in the office, it’s fine.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  I confess to a prior bias against Dr. Min because she had diagnosed a miscarriage for me two years earlier, and I wasn't thrilled she came up as my attending (of the nine docs from Downtown Women who could have covered me). She tried to get me to take pitocin -- I passed, on the advice of my doula -- and then the belt on my stomach was misplaced (by her or the nurse), which meant my contractions weren't monitored adequately. As a result of this, my final labor seemed very sudden to everyone involved, even though I had been in severe pain for some time. She was not particularly warm and encouraging, but her admonitions (scream less, push harder) eventually got the job done and the baby out.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  It's a great practice with many female ob's/gyn's/and midwives to choose from. I haven't liked all of them, but I'm sure that's the case at most practices. They're pretty relaxed for the most part, so you may have to be persistent and trust your instincts if you think there's something that needs to be looked at further.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 12-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Review from the 2020 Birthing Experience Survey
    Comment:  They're great. I liked some of the doctors more than others, but in general they are friendly, open and competent.
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    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.
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    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)
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.)
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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!
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    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
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    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).
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