My co-worker referred me after revealing I was pregnant. I knew right-away that I wanted a natural-birth (no drugs). I could not have asked for better midwives/doctors, especially Judy! I was hesitant on choosing a doctor to be at my birth because I always heard that they would push drugs even if you didnt want them and were not very patient. Judy stayed with me the entire 10 hours, well after her shift was over and encouraged me to stick with my plans to go natural even when I was crying out for an epidural! lol. My only complaint would be that if you liked one midwife/or doctor chances are you wont be able to see him/her exclusively throughout your pregnancy/delivery. I am glad that I didnt get selective in the beginning anyway, because they are all different in benefits and you get to experience them all.
Posted: 10/27/2010 • Last edited: 12/15/2010 • Link to this review
I am writing this review for any woman who is seriously considering her options for prenatal care. I started off with this group and ended up transferring in my sixth month of pregnancy to a midwife, named Kay Johnson, at Alpharetta Women's Specialists. What first started turning me off about Northside Women's Specialists is the consistency of warmth and concern on their end. I liked one midwife initially, and the next time I saw her, she was rather cold and didn't remember me. Not to mention, she gave me a medical answer that turned out to be seemingly false based on further research and advice from a different medical professional. At any rate, I was encouraged to meet as many doctors and midwives as I could, so my visits were often with someone new. Five months into my pregnancy, I find one midwife there, named Judy, who actually cared enough to tell me the real scoop about how their system operates, including what to expect on delivery day. I felt like I was finally being treated like a human. If she were the only midwife there, and I could have guaranteed I'd be with her on delivery date, I might have stayed. In addition, I was encouraged by one doctor to stick with the midwives' team when I was trying to make a real decision about which team would work for me at my delivery (doctors or midwives). She said if I wanted a natural childbirth, that most people chose the midwives. This wasn't the first time I felt the doctors preferred that I have a c-section.
Posted: 3/29/2010 • Link to this review
I love this practice! They have delivered both of my children. I really like that they care about what is best for the baby, not what is most convenient for the midwives' or doctors' schedule-they don't schedule early inductions. I chose to use the midwives, though you can use the doctors if you choose. The midwives are all helpful, caring and care about the safety of you and your baby. The nurses are also great-they call back the same day for anything, even the most minor questions, and they're always nice and friendly. I didn't usually have a wait and everyone in the office has always been professional, courteous, friendly, helpful, etc...
Posted: 12/13/2008 • Link to this review
I went to this group for my first pregnancy (unfortunately a miscarriage). When I actually saw a doctor, the doctors were nice, however, the staff is clearly overwhelmed and doesn't need any new patients, so I was happy to go elsewhere. I waited over an hour for each appointment, the waiting room was usually standing room only and when I had an early problem, no one returned my call from the nurses line. Because of my problem, my hcg was tested, but there weren't any follow-ups for 4 weeks even though my hcg did not increase as expected. Like I said, I guess they woulld be OK if you have a 'normal' pregnancy, but I decided to go somewhere where I could get more personal and closely monitored care. My next 2 pregnancies were also miscarriages, but I definitely felt that I received top-notch personal care and attention from both my reproductive endocrinologist and my regular OBGYN.
Posted: 9/03/2008 • Link to this review
I was satisfied with my OB care. I especially like the early visit (before 8 weeks) with a staff to get your history and educate you about standard OB recommendations and how the office operates. It is very clear that this practice uses a medical model, so if you are looking for a completely holistic approach this may not be the practice for you. It was perfect for me, a person who educates myself on my health options and feels confident to discuss my desires with my providers. I found everyone was willing to listen to my desires and while they did tell me my additional options, they did not try to make me fit into one mold or another. Never did they tell me what to do. It is true that the NPs do take more time and talk with you you more than the MDs. However, if you have a problem or issue, I found the MDs (Diamond, Wetter, Sangvai)to be very caring and competent. They also do a great job in referring you out if you are high risk. In regards to c-section stats, I was always encouraged to have a vaginal delivery from day 1 to delivery.
Posted: 3/13/2008 • Last edited: 8/14/2008 • Link to this review
I rate this as average because this is pretty much the type of care one can expect from many obgyn practices in Atlanta. If you are looking for ob/pregancy care, you will receive it at an average level. While some of the midwives (Judy and Ginny) have true knowledge of pregnancy and birth, they are unfortunately not really operating under the midwifery model of care, due to the pressure from most of the OBs at the practice as well as from their association with Northside. The care you will receive is ultimately managed care. Things are done to you, with little true informing taking place. If you are someone who is looking for a normal, unpressured vaginal birth, or a VBAC, I am sorry to say that this is not the team you want on your side. Go to dr Tate, or North Fulton, for a birth with fewer interventions and more respectful of such wishes. If you are someone who likes someone else to take over and birth this baby in your place as much as possible, this practice may be a good match.
Posted: 11/14/2007 • Last edited: 8/14/2008 • Link to this review
Finding an OBGYN is a hard thing to do - and I really got lucky this time around. The doctors and staff are friendly and helpful and make visits easy and carefree. I would recommend them to anyone who is having a baby or just needs an exam.
Posted: 11/16/2005 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
All of the doctors, midwives, nurses, and office staff are very helpful and try to put you at ease. I had a difficult 2nd pregnancy, but they always made me feel comfortable and made sure I understood everything.
Posted: 11/08/2005 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
I absolutely love the midwives and doctors here. They were all very kind and truly interested in my well being. I truly appreciate how the followed my birth plan. My labor and delivery of my daughther went very smoothly and I would recommend them to anyone!
Posted: 11/05/2005 • Last edited: 8/14/2008 • Link to this review
I can't say enough how wonderful this group of doctors and midwives are. They are professionals and very caring. The midwives are so helpful during the birth process. They will help to relieve the pain of labor in any way they can. They will stay with you and help you as needed. I think every woman should have someone from this group deliver their baby.
Posted: 11/03/2005 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review