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…Dr. Tobey Stevens (TCH pavilion for women)
bcm bgyn
Dr. Geoffrey Klein (OGA)

Dr Cummings in Denton,

Dr Downey in Richardson

Dr. Christina Dooley in Denton

Lonestar obgyn/ lonestar midwives in San Antonio (deliver vbacs at St. Lukes)

Dr. Khul and Dr. Osow…

Blog post about VBAC supportive doctors in TX:

more info coming soon!

Dr Michelsen
Dr. Fred Cummings

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A detailed review from “Paula:”
I had been going to Dr. Michelsen, but she started talking ‘natural induction’ when I had already told her that I have big babies who come at 41 weeks. I am fine with that, but she wanted to speed up the process-I was not fine with that. Also, she delivers at Cenntenial Medical Center (which is the campus on which her office is located.) She also delivers at Baylor Frisco. Most any woman given the choice would choose Baylor Frisco. However, since she has to be on campus for VBAC deliveries, she does NOT like to let those go there unless they labor and deliver at a time that’s convenient for her. I personally don’t like that kind of pressure.

Dr. Weinstein has a very pleasant website with his feelings about VBAC’s. It sounds very good. There is no mention on his website about the $300 dollar fee though. The receptionist told me the 3rd time we spoke. She said that he gets $300 for c-sections from the insurance companies, and that since he has to be on campus for labor and delivery (his offices are located on the Baylor Frisco campus) and ‘away from his family’ he charges the fee. It is non-refundable and due when you decide that he’s your guy. You do not get it back if you end up with a c-section either.

On a brighter note, in my searching, I found a complete angel of an OB. His name is Dr. Fred Cummings. He is located in Denton. He is as close to a midwife as any doctor could be. He is very supportive, kind, laid-back, etc. I met him last Friday and had my records transferred on the spot. One of his patients started a FB fan page for him. The profile picture is of her, Dr. Cummings and her new baby. After I met Dr. Cummings and his staff, I completely understood why she was beaming in the picture. I don’t ever choose male OB/GYN’s, but I wouldn’t trust anybody else for my upcoming labor and delivery. Also, they don’t charge the shady fee, and he was completely supportive when I told him my babies are big and that they come at 41weeks. I have no doubt at all that he will help me do everything possible to have another successful VBAC. There was another pro-VBAC OB mentioned on DFW Moms, but I can’t think of his name. I believe he was located in Richardson though.

I hope this helps! Sorry about the other two names, by the way. Those things about the other 2 doctors became glaring after I met Dr. Cummings (before I knew that I had another choice. Up to that point I thought I had to choose the lesser of the 2 evils.)

We need your help! Do you know of a VBAC supportive practice or group in this state?? please email us the info:

3 comments to Texas

  • Abbey

    Dr. Cummings was my OB and I am the one who started and runs his fanpage. I had my VBA3C with him in June 2010. He is the most amazing OB that anyone will ever meet. He does VBAMC, VBAssC (special scars), vaginal births of multiples, and breech vaginal deliveries. He doesn’t put restrictions on your birth, doesn’t require IV, epidural, continuous monitoring, or say you have to have your baby by a certain date (I know moms who have gone past 42 weeks with him. He encourages you to be upright, walking, squatting, moving during labor. His grandmother was a midwife. He’s been doing VBACs since his residency in the late 70’s.

    I’ve never heard of Dr. Michelson so I’m doubting she is truly VBAC friendly.

    The OB in Richardson is Dr. Downey. He is no Dr. Cummings but he is truly VBAC friendly with a very high success rate.

    The UNT midwives group out of Harris Methodist Fort Worth is known to be an awesome VBAC option.

    There are a few other VBAC friendly options scattered throughout the DFW area (Including LOTS of out of hospital midwives/homebirth and birth centers).

    Please get in touch with ICAN North Texas for more information on area providers.

  • Casey

    Dr. Michelson is NOT VBAC friendly, breech-friendly, natural birth friendly, or friendly at all. Until finding her name on this website I didn’t even know she was pretending to be. She was my OB about a year ago for my first child birth. My husband and I went through Bradley classes to prepare for natural birth. I brought her my birth plan and she seemed ok with it (although she didn’t care to discuss it too much). She seemed to sound like natural childbirth was good “as long as everything went alright,” but I had a bad feeling that “everything going alright” was a very subjective standard.

    Despite my fears of her not being very natural birth friendly, I stuck with her (partially because I felt like it was too late to be searching for an OB by the time as getting concerned). All of that to say, my water broke early, the baby was breech, and I had a c-section 4 hours later. Although this was a unique situation that might have resulted in c-section with any doctor, my experience with her afterwards was not good either.

    I delivered my baby almost 6 weeks early. I spent 4 days in the hospital, brought my son home fromthe NICU after 5 days, and the first full day we were at home all i did was lay around in pain. Finally around 2 p.m. I began throwing up, and then I started calling her office. Her receptionist took my calls, spoke with Dr. Michelsen and then called me back. She told me the symptoms were all normal for constipation, to stop taking any prescription pain meds I was on and just take Tylenol (I wasn’t taking any prescription pain meds at that point). I called back a couple hours later, when I was still in pain and throwing up, I begged to come in and see her, but when I told them I had no fever, they (Dr. Michelsen via her assistant) told me it wasn’t necessary, it was just constipation. Finally around midnight my mom took me to the ER while my husband stayed at home with our 6 day old 4.5 pound baby by himself. I had an ileus – my colon stopped working. Had I waited another 24 hours I could have died. As it was, I spent the next 5 days in the hospital (3 of which I was in so much pain and on so many meds that I stopped pumping). This experience and time away from my child prevented me from ever really nursing (I never made more than an ounce of milk at a time).

    All of that to say, I would not recommend Dr. Michelsen to anyone. Although she tries to be nice in person, she does not take time for her patients, snapped on me once when my question caught her off guard, and clearly didn’t have time to address my valid concerns after the c-section I didn’t want.

  • admin

    Wow Casey! That is a scary story. There is nothing more powerful than real experiences from real women. Thank you for sharing.

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