Hello everyone! New to the group and expecting baby 2 in December. I didn't live in the area for baby 1 and am in the process of choosing a doctor as well as a place to deliver. I live near Saint Anthony's in Warwick and would prefer going there than ORMC just based on word of mouth, convenience, and experience of friends. My only concern was that they do not have a NICU. My 1st child luckily didnt need the NICU but it was available. Has anyone had experience with St Anthony's? Or had a child that was born there that needed NICU? If so, was it handled well? I'm looking for a good experience but also want my babe to be safe! Thanks :
Re: Saint Anthony's
There are four doctors that deliver at st Anthony's, and about thirteen that deliver at ORMC. All are part of crystal run which is basically your only choice in this region, but the two groups are separate and don't deliver at both hosptials-it's one or the other.
I had my daughter at st Anthony's and am about to have #2 there. When I had my daughter ORMC didn't exist yet and I know the backup plan then was st Luke's in Newburgh if your baby needed to be transferred to a nicu. Not sure what it is now, maybe they'd use ORMC instead. Like pp said if something major arises your LO would likely be taken to westchester no matter what, for the higher level nicu.
Overall I was happy with the hosptial. Most people I know are not thrilled with ORmc but I've yet to step foot in it so I can't comment. I didn't like the idea of going to such a large practice which is why I stayed at st Anthony's. it is true that their csection rate is high but they do not allow vbacs (too small a facility) so that pushes the number up a little bit. If you are very concerned about the nicu situation you might want to also look into good Sam in suffern or st Luke's.