Friday, September 26, 2003

Request From a Current Client

I received an email from Lorna Mason, a current "ESCbC" client, and am posting it on her request. She voices her concern over perceived lack of support for the midwives from St. Vincents. If you share her concerns, she encourages you to contact Karen Milano, Administrative Director of the Department of Medicine, at 212.604.7651

Hi Kristen:

I have become increasingly disheartened by the lack of support St. Vincent's is giving to the midwives. I recently had a conversation with Stacy where it became clear that sometimes St Vincent's is not giving the the midwives the needed nursing staff and the result is that birthing or post partum mothers are transferred into the St Vincent's side of operations and taken out of the midwives birthing rooms and put into either a labor and delivery room or a postpartum room. To make matters worse if you are transferred to a semi-private post partum room and a overnight stay is required then your partner is forced to leave between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am. This is wholly unacceptable.

The midwives are of course frustrated and I as a patient feel I have no recourse. Stacy suggested we contact Karen Milano one of the hospital administrators and I will do so tomorrow. I was hoping to get word out to other pregnant women under the care of the midwives and if we can work together perhaps we can get some more support for the midwives at St. Vincent's, and ensure that we have the birthing experience that we had hoped for when we signed on with ESCBC in the first place.

Lorna Mason

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any feedback about actual converstions with karen milano would be appreciated. i've just left her a message and am set to register my concerns, but not sure what the effect of that will really be....

Posted by: Anna Van Lenten at Sep 30, 2003 10:47:55 AM

Karen Milano reports that just over 50% of midwife clients are able to birth in the midwife rooms....

Posted by: Anna Van Lenten at Sep 30, 2003 11:23:49 AM

I didn't realize St.Vincent's has "midwife rooms". What are these and where are they located? Do they offer water births? I gave birth to my first child at St. Vincent's in Jan. of 2001 through the midwife program at Soho OBGyn (which has been significantly scaled back) and am expecting my second in March. I received important and invaluable post natal support from the Center with nursing and was considering giving birth there with my second. I am saddened to learn today that this is not possible.

Posted by: Maria Ibanez at Oct 27, 2003 2:32:57 PM


I am sorry to learn about the closing of the center.

I am wondering if anyone has the contact info for the massage therapist who used to provide services for women at the center? She lived in Brooklyn and provided pre, peri and post natal massages for moms.

Thank you

Posted by: Himani at Dec 16, 2003 11:14:12 AM

Hi I had giving birth at ESCbC about 2 years ago with Gigi Robin. I was wondering if she is still practicing and where? Any info would be great Thanks

Posted by: Carol Rusek at Feb 19, 2004 6:48:11 PM