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    Park Slope Midwives - NY Methodist
    Park Slope Midwives - NY Methodist
    Street:
    506 6th St
    City:
    Brooklyn
    State:
    NY
    Zip Code:
    11215
    Phone:
    718-499-3636
    Neighborhood:
    Park Slope

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 10-Nov-2019
    Subject:  Recommendations needed for Birthing Hospitals
    Comment:  I have two friends who recently give birth at Methodist with the midwives and they both had good experiences and were able to get private rooms for recovery. One friend had to switch to the PS Midwives in her 33rd week because of a problem with the midwife practice she was with. I know PS Midwives will take new patients at almost any stage of pregnancy.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 30-Oct-2019
    Subject:  Help! Park Slope Midwives v. Brooklyn Birthing Center v. ???
    Comment:  I had both of my children with the Park Slope Midwives. The most recent 11 weeks ago!I truly felt supported during both deliveries and had a doula both times who they worked well with and were supportive of. I had 2 vaginal deliveries. An epidural and pitosin with the first because of a 3 day labor and no sleep. The second went much faster and they allowed me to labor in the shower at the hospital which was wonderful and something I wanted to experience during labor. Also, the imaging center they work with has a location in Park Slope now with Friday hours. I just made sure all of my appointments were there.Methodist was overall a good experience. Their nurses are wonderful. We paid for a private room and it is worth it if you can swing it and on the cheaper side for NYC hospitals.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 30-Oct-2019
    Subject:  Help! Park Slope Midwives v. Brooklyn Birthing Center v. ???
    Comment:  I cannot recommend PSMW enough!I birthed three of my kids with them. Throughout all the pregnancies and labors I felt supported by them and felt that I could trust them. The trust and comfort is so important. Make sure you feel that way wherever you go!The last two labors were pretty swift compared to my first. My first was super long and I pushed for two hours. I actually went back home after being told I was 4cm and I was given the option to take a room or go home (obviously this depends on what’s going on at the hospital L&D). I went home. I had told them I wanted to try to go without the epidural and I felt no judgement because of this. I never put on a hospital gown and nurses and midwives were okay with this. In retrospect, despite pushing two hours and feeling like I could have been on the cusp of being dragged to the OR, and also agreeing to an episiotomy (get that baby out!!), I was able to deliver vaginally and ultimately did not get an episiotomy - I owe this to the confidence, expertise, experience and patience of the midwife.I had a doula with my first two labors and had a positive experience - I think they would say the same?Wait times can vary for the PSMW depending upon when you need to go in. But the midwives will spend time with you and answer your questions. I also feel like since they are now in a relationship with NYP things have felt a little less home-y. Honestly, all good changes for the providers and the patients - but I sort of liked the laid back approach of pre-NYP (midwives took VS, you interpreted your own pee in a cup...). Really nothing to complain about. Like I said changes that were probably better for everyone.As for a private room, we were always able to have one. Just depends on the night / day of course. If you can swing it, it is so worth it to have a private room. Plus if it is your second, this will feel like a vacation (haha sort of?), and I was happy to stay the full two days (I was also strep positive for my last two kiddos).I hate saying this - and I still have to write NYP - but I was less impressed with some of their staff during the last stay whereas I had no such complaints like this before with Methodist. I cannot generalize though and plenty of other encounters overshadow this one - but during one shift, a MA was talking on their phone while taking my vitals. It was sort of hilarious cause I thought she was talking to me, and then I realized she wasn’t! With our ubiquitous phones, this behavior is a challenge everywhere these days though.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 30-Oct-2019
    Subject:  Help! Park Slope Midwives v. Brooklyn Birthing Center v. ???
    Comment:  The PS Midwives delivered both of my girls, 5 years apart. Methodist has greatly improved since kid #1, thank goodness, and everything went really smoothly. We sprung for the private room for kid #2, we were able to get one despite a busy day. I found the midwives throughout my pregnancy really took their time to talk and work through any concerns. I never felt rushed. The waits weren't bad at all. I felt incredibly supported. I was an "older" mom the second time around, but age was just a number, and no big deal to them.The hospital has also hired a new, younger LC who is incredible, and the nursers were so much more attentive than in 2012.I had a C-section with both kids -- first one was emergency -- and the surgeons were thoughtful and kind. Both times a midwife was in the room the whole time with us. As they put it, we don't just turf out our patients. I felt like I had a doula with me in the OR. I still run into them on the street and they're delighted to see the kids.The only drawback to the midwives is that they work with a doctor near Bay Ridge for all imaging, and it's a bit of a schlep (though parking is easy over there). But really, can't recommend their model of care enough.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 30-Oct-2019
    Subject:  Help! Park Slope Midwives v. Brooklyn Birthing Center v. ???
    Comment:  I had both my sons with park slope midwives at Methodist hospital. I went into my first delivery with a doula and a plan to stay med free. Unfortunately my son was ill positioned and after over 3 hours of pushing I ended up with a c section. With my second I tried to vbac, and he was late, huge and also ill positioned so I also had a c section with him. Regardless of the birthing outcomes to not be what I planned/hoped for, I felt truly taken care of and felt confident in their assistance in steering me through pregnancy and birth. They also work with an excellent MFM who oversaw both pregnancies. With both csections I had 2 truly wonderful surgeons who also gave great aftercare. Also in both circumstances I ended up with a private room and my husband could stay with us. It is not guaranteed, but the friends I’ve had give birth there and want a private room all were able to obtain one. The going rate for this as of April was $350/night however it’s my understanding that is cheap as my brother and his wife just paid $900/night at mt Sinai, and truth be told had a horrible experience with a serious aftercare issue that could have been fatal for my sister in law. It was also important to me to be close to the hospital (walking distance is amazing whilst in labor!) but also so my first son, husband and my mother could come and go very easily for my seconds birth. The midwives discharged us a day early as we were all doing fantastic. The discharge also depends on the pediatrician, as your baby and you have different doctors after birth.I would highly recommend park slope midwives. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have additional questions!
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 22-Mar-2019
    Subject:  2019 Birth Survey
    Comment:  I was expecting much more support of my desire for a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean). Indeed, they took me on as a transfer from a more traditional OB-GYN practice with the promise that they were VBAC friendly and the assurance that I was a good VBAC candidate. As my pregnancy progressed, and as I saw more of the midwives, they started to bring up policies -- like that I had to have a c-section scheduled at 40 weeks -- that weren't VBAC friendly. I had to stand up to them, given that the evidence doesn't indicate that a c-section at 40 weeks is necessary. In general, there wasn't a great deal of continuity of care across my pregnancy nor a real consensus on best practices across the midwives. I have the feeling that they don't communicate well or keep good records. I suspect that if anything medically complex were to go on, they wouldn't be able to handle it. That said, I think they're really great at catching babies. That's where their strengths lie. Another criticism: I complained to one of the midwives who looked in on my the day after my birth that I was concerned that I was not able to control my urinary tract, and she laughed at me and told me to get used to it, saying something to the effect that all women who have given birth vaginally are incontinent. She didn't have enough details, as she didn't ask follow-up questions, to know whether this was a medical complication or something routine. Moreover, her making fun -- even when supposedly done in solidarity (she mentioned she was also incontinent after birth and was perhaps trying to make light) was unprofessional. I found it cruel. Tanya at PSMW is awesome. She caught my son and is not the cruel midwife who laughed at my incontinence.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 10-Feb-2019
    Subject:  Park Slope Midwives
    Comment:  I delivered both of my kids with PSM, and had positive experiences. I saw them before my pregnancies and continue to see them for regular exams.I really wanted to meet all the midwives before delivery, and told them this. They made a point of booking my appointments with different women every time towards the end. I think my favorite part about their practice is that it’s all women. I ended up having my least favorite deliver my second child, and by the end I really liked her.I also thought the delivery nurses were amazing at Methodist. Recovery nurses were mixed, and we also were glad we got a private room- even though all the rooms are kinda depressing and the food is so terrible.I had a doula the first time and learned an important lesson that can help anyone having a baby- ask for what you want. You want to take the monitors off, walk around, turn up the ac, turn down the lights, be left alone, have more time to think about interventions- just ask!
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 10-Feb-2019
    Subject:  Park Slope Midwives
    Comment:  I cannot speak highly enough about PSM and my delivery experience at Methodist. I was not able to meet all the midwives prior to labor, but trusted the practice as a whole. I did end up meeting everyone by the end of my stay at Methodist/6 week PP appointment. The practice has been at Methodist for years, and you can just sense their respected presence on the L&D floor. I had heard about contentious or just very separate relationships with midwives at hospitals in NYC, but that is not the case at Methodist. I never saw the attending OBGYN, but knew that if I did need a c-section, I would also be in good hands. The nursing staff was professional and so encouraging both in L&D and Mother/Baby. I also appreciated the breastfeeding help from the lactation consultants after my daughter was born.My prenatal care was very short! I think I only had three visits, but again, felt that the practice as a whole matched the approach I was looking for. I even felt reassured the morning I went into labor- I spoke to two midwives before coming into the hospital, and they were able to help assess when I should come in (wanting to labor as long as possible at home). I actually arrived at the hospital 8 cm and was grateful to have been in contact with the midwives (for guidance) but also at home (for comfort). I had a doula- and while I could go on and on about her expertise, I was also so impressed with how seamlessly the PSM midwives worked with her, allowing her to do her work with my husband and I, but also as a full team (midwife, doula, nurse, partners, and baby!) All that to say, if you are interested in a doula, PSM welcomes them.Yes, the midwives have different personalities! I welcomed the variety, as I thought it strengthened the practice as a whole. If I had a question, I found direct, open and honest conversation was always encouraged. I had left a practice where I consistently felt judged and shut down, and did not experience that at all at PSM, even with the different personalities. If we are able to have a second, I will definitely stick with PSM and Methodist!
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 10-Feb-2019
    Subject:  Park Slope Midwives
    Comment:  I delivered my son with the Park Slope Midwives and had a looong labor (almost 3 days) and with the support of my Doula (Mary Esther Malloy) and the midwives was very happy with my birth experience. I switched to the midwives pretty late in my pregnancy so I was not able to meet with all of them before I gave birth, but because my labor was so long I was able to see almost all of them during the process :) They were very supportive of my birth plan and especially supportive during the 2 hours of pushing. The nurses at the hospital were also wonderful, my son was in the NICU for a couple days and the nurses there were INCREDIBLE.I am now expecting #2 in July and going through the early stages with the midwives and very happy to see all of them again.Good luck and trust your instincts! You got this!
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 10-Feb-2019
    Subject:  Park Slope Midwives
    Comment:  I gave birth with Park Slope Midwives in March 2017 and had a good experience. Yes, you won't know which midwife you'll have with you during labor, and there were some I liked better than others. I had a long labor (36 hours) and went through 3 shifts of midwives (all of who I met before), and I landed on the one I felt closest to when it was time to push, so that worked out great for me! It happened to be a slow night when I was in labor, so I had a wonderful midwife by my side most of the time, who chatted with me and my husband and kept us relaxed.What I would recommend if you go with them is trying your best to meet all the midwives. They do try to make this happen, but I ended up not meeting two. I would also take their birth class so you can get a sense of how things will go with them and at Methodist. I also met one of the midwives at Methodist so she could give me and my husband a tour of the maternity ward, instead of doing the Methodist tour, which gave me yet another opportunity to see how things would go with them and spend more time with a midwife (who ended up being the one who caught my baby). I liked that some midwives had more holistic approaches, too, and by having more than one midwife, I got a spectrum of advice. AND, I'm pretty sure that midwife doesn't attend many births, which is why she's in the office more often for prenatal visits.
    Reviewed by 2019Review
    On 10-Feb-2019
    Subject:  Park Slope Midwives
    Comment:  I had a really wonderful delivery experience at Methodist hospital with the midwives in March '18. I actually didn't like my prenatal care with them all that much, so was a little wary toward the end of my pregnancy, but my experience during labor & delivery was incredibly positive. I hadn't met either midwife who was there when I came in, but that didn't feel like a drawback in the moment. I elected for an epidural, and the wait time between saying I was ready for it and the anesthesiologist arriving was very short. I liked that the midwives didn't hover over me or give the impression of anxiously waiting for certain centimeters of dilation by certain times, and once I was fully dilated, they didn't rush me into pushing before I felt the urge. I didn't opt for a private room post-delivery, but ended up alone in mine and my husband was able to stay with me one of the nights. My son ended up needing phototherapy for jaundice and the nursing staff respected my wish to bring the UV setup to my room instead of doing it in the nursery. The nurses and nursing assistants in general were very warm and kind. I received slightly conflicting advice/input regarding how to address my baby not latching from the pediatrician vs. lactation consultant vs. nursing staff, but I expect that difference in perspective might have occurred no matter the setting. As far as what I didn't love about the prenatal care - I ended up seeing one midwife for most of my appointments who I found quite brusque and a bit paternalistic (refusing me meds for morning sickness for non-evidence based reasons, chastising me for weight gain that was within normal range). I liked my prenatal appointments with the other midwives so she seemed to be a strong exception.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 13-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  This was my second labor and delivery with the midwives and I couldn’t have been happier. I felt I was in the best of hands and they helped me have the intervention-free experience I wanted.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 13-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  I really loved my experience with Park Slope Midwives. I wanted to deliver in Brooklyn and was happy that they partner with Methodist to do hospital births there. I really liked all of the midwives in the practice (I think there are 7?) and tried to see everyone there before I gave birth. The office is not fancy -- you might even say it's a little dingy -- but I found it to be more my speed than the fancy OB-GYN offices I used to go to in Mahnattan. The midwives generally took their time during appointments, allowing plenty of opportunity for questions. They were always positive, encouraging and never needlessly worried me about anything. I also appreciated that they do offer some late-day appointments during the week, although things do tend to run behind at that hour and I waited an hour once or twice for my appointments. I ended up needing an emergency C-section after many hours in labor, but I feel okay about it -- I felt like I had the best chance of not having a C-section that I could have had, and I really appreciated that they put my health and my baby's health first and also stayed with me and were really comforting during the procedure.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 13-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  All the ladies are super nice and take all the time you need to answer all your questions. McKenna delivered my baby and she was absolutely wonderful. She spent a lot of time with me, finding different positions, techniques. I had a very long labor and my baby was getting caught under my pelvic bone when I pushed, so McKenna advised me to use a vacuum extractor which kept me away from a C-section.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 09-Nov-2018
    Subject:  2018 Birth Survey
    Comment:  I had an uncomplicated pregnancy and the care I received throughout my pregnancy was completely adequate.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 24-Sep-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  McKennayoung, energetic woman who is confident and knowledgeable about birth and labor and truly a supportive partner in that process as wellBased on May 2017 birthing experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 15-Jul-2017
    Subject:  [April2017babies] OB/GYN or Midwife Recommendations
    Comment:  I delivered both my babies at Methodist with Park Slope Midwives.
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 17-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Amazing!Based on November 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 17-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  Excellent. I have delivered two babies through PSM and they are absolutely lovely women who deeply care about you and your health. The front desk and waiting area is not great, but I think it is worth it given the quality of care.Based on 12/2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 17-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  The midwives are wonderful. I switched to Park Slope Midwives at week 12. They take their time with you and make you feel so comfortable. They are open to any birthing plan you want. They always remember your name and details about you. The only complaint is that they are often running late, so either get the first appointment of the day or call ahead to find out how late they are running.Based on December 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by 2017Review
    On 17-Apr-2017
    Subject:  Review submitted via the PSP Birth Survey
    Comment:  They were great during the birth. Check ups leading up to the day we're fine- I like the hands off approach but it may not be for everyone.Based on July 2016 birth experience
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 21-Jun-2013
    Subject:  summary: ob/gyn recs for pregnancy
    Comment:   I go to Park Slope Midwives and really like them.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 01-Oct-2012
    Comment:  For my annual check-up I use a midwife at Park Slope Midwives (on 9th St. & 8th Ave). I find them to be very personable and not rushed. They get a good health history & spend some time getting to know you. Midwives can do everything I need, including: write prescriptions; send me for a mammogram; do a PAP; and send for blood tests as needed. The one thing they can't do is a C-section, but since I don't plan on being pregnant again, this is not something I'm worried about.I see Jessica Goldberg there 718.499.3636. I don't think she delivers babies much, but focuses on "well-woman" care.June 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 31-Jul-2012
    Comment:  I am writing because I had a terrible experience at this practice. I cannot speak to the entire practice, only my experience with one provider, Jessica Goldman. While her demeanor was nice and she completed a good exam (about a year after the birth of my son), it was what followed that led me to write this negative review. I had a pap smear done at the visit, and was told that if I didn't hear anything back in a few weeks, then everything was normal (that was in September). In January, I received a call from Jessica saying that my pap smear was abnormal. The reason for the 4 month delay was that she had misplaced my chart....and it had just appeared with the note to call me about the results. Needless to say, I was upset and scared. I find it totally unacceptable that in this digital age that a medical professional would have no other back-up system for notifying patients of their results, other than a note clipped to a chart. Furthermore, her excuse was that the office was being painted, and my file fell behind a file cabinet. I was equally as shocked to learn that my personal medical information was sitting out in the open, for anyone nearby to see, and for painters to knock the file down. Following this alarming phone call, I immediately switched to an OB/GYN (Dr. John Maher), who I really like. I had to undergo a painful surgical procedure to ensure that everything was fine. I am thankful that the abnormal result was not cancerous, however I continue to question the professionalism of this medical practice given my experience. Please ask many questions before going here....and never again take "no news is good news" as the truth from your doctor.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 02-May-2012
    Subject:  Birth Survey 2012
    Comment:  Review Date: April 2012 REVIEW: I cannot say enough good things about the midwives. I never waited more than 30 minutes for my appointments -- usually it was maybe a 5-10minute wait. They were personable, helpful, and never, ever gave the impression of being rushed. They were patient.INSURANCE ISSUES: Yes, it's been fine so far.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 02-May-2012
    Subject:  Birth Survey 2012
    Comment:  Review Date: April 2012 REVIEW: I happened upon Roseanne who was on call at Methodist when I was delivering my baby. My doctor was not there. I was amazed by her and the way I felt she cared for both the health and well being of the baby, as well as my birthing experience.INSURANCE ISSUES: N/A
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 06-Apr-2012
    Comment:  I only had one child so far, and was with Park Slope Midwives who were awesome from the very beginning and I highly recommend them. I had a regular pregnancy, but they were pretty frank with us all along, and in the hospital as well (in terms of what to expect, how it'll play out etc).When our son's heart rate was rapidly dropping, and after they exhausted all attempts of trying to get it up (he was pushed down violently by each contraction, the cord around his neck was getting tighter, and he was too high too push) - the OBGYN who was in the hospital had to do a C-section. I didn't meet the doctor before, but he was one of my midwives' backup docs. They were all watching the monitor and checking on me together while we had contractions, and once there was no other choice but to cut, the last thing i remember before falling asleep is that one of the midwives was actually holding my hand. It was very re-assuring. (My local anesthesia wasn't working fast enough, so they had to put me down completely).I want to attempt a VBAC with our next child, when time comes, and we'll do so with the same practice. I have a full trust in their backup docs if needed.(March 2012)
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 28-Feb-2012
    Comment:  We found them to be really great. No nonsense, certainly not the hippie-dippie Spiritual Midwifery types, but we didn't particularly want or need that. I never waited all that long for prenatal visits, they returned phone calls promptly, and they just all seem like good Brooklyn women. For our delivery we ended up with Betsy and we have subsequently come to refer to her as the Drill Sergeant - *seriously* no nonsense, she yelled at me to get my act together and coached me very specifically and forcefully through torrential labor and 20 minutes of pushing. I don't think a sweet, gentle midwife would have done that, but I don't think I would have gotten the baby out any other way. This was our second kid and he came very fast. I would recommend if you're with them for your first child, definitely hire a doula to be with you for the longer part of labor.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 15-Feb-2011
    Subject:  Oxford Liberty OB GYN ?
    Comment:  I had oxford liberty and used the Park Slope Midwives! They are great.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 12-Feb-2011
    Comment:  If you want to stay in the neighborhood I would see Park Slope Midwives. Everyone I know who has worked with them had nice things to say. Their office is on 9th street between 7th & 8th and they deliver at Methodist.As for the hospital... your experience will really depend on what nurses are working and who your caregiver is. But it's like that pretty much wherever you go. You can have a great (or not so great) experience almost anywhere. The key is to be informed about your options, know what your preferences are & have a team that will support you the way you want to be supported. If the doctor or midwife practices in a way that makes you feel safe & well taken care of then you will probably have a good experience regardless of what building you are in.(Jan 2011)
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 24-Jan-2011
    Comment:  I use the Park Slope Midwives for my GYNs & they are great.(Jan 2011)
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 24-Jan-2011
    Comment:  Agreed on Park Slope Midwives. They're great, and they work with OBs for the tricky stuff. I started seeing them about six months before I got pregnant. I had an iffy Pap and they sent me to Dr John Maher for follow-ups. It turned out to be fine, but his first instincts were very non-invasive.During the pregnancy the midwives at PSM wre fantastic. The one inconvenient thing was that they sent me to Bay Ridge for ultrasounds, but that was OK (and I think if you insisted you could go to Methodist for them). During delivery I started running a high fever and my baby's heart rate shot up, so I had a C-section -- not what I had hoped for, obviously -- I went to them because I wanted a natural delivery too -- but the decision was obviously very considered.Methodist's C-section rates are insane, but I think PSM's are something like 8%, and the midwife (Anne Gudi) was clearly not enthusiastic about having to recommend that I have one. Once the decision was made, though, things went very quickly and smoothly -- Maya was born an hour later. Dr Maher was on call, and he seems to have done a good job -- I recovered more quickly than some friends who had difficult vaginal deliveries. And they were playing the Big Lebowski soundtrack while they prepped the OR, which kind of cracked my husband and me up.Good luck!(Jan 2011)