Dr. McLaren is a true professional. In fact, she is so professional that she even takes the time to educate soon-to-be parents on the pregnancy and the birth process. It really demonstrates her focus on the birth of a healthy baby and a mother who can feel deeply satisfied with her pregnancy and the birthing experience.
After taking a birthing class, working with Dr. McLaren and her office staff, and doing our own research on pregnancy, we felt as ready as we could to have a waterbirth with a midwife. Well, as time would tell, different decisions had to be made for the safe delivery of our child. However, throughout the whole process, Andrea was at first on the phone with the nurses or attendant doctors, and then was with us in the hospital for over 14 hours, working smoothly and sometimes firmly with doctors that had other opinions on how we should run OUR birth! I'm not sure how many medical practitioners would be willing and able to stay with their patients during a labor as long as the one we experienced. She always had our best interests in mind, and discussed them with us in a thorough manner. We never felt pushed into making a decision thanks to her. In addition to her supreme knowledge of baby delivery, she even helped to educate our parents on the process once they arrived to provide great moral support.
Despite all the reviews you may read here, keep in mind that even disgruntled students berate their teachers and professors for problems and situations that are out of their control. In addition, I think it says something that when you go to the Pocono Midwives office, the waiting room has a large wall with birth announcements and pictures of happy families with their newborn bundles of joy. This is a refreshing difference from the certifications, diplomas on some office walls.
Consider this: She has a very thorough knowledge of baby delivery. She stayed with us for over 14 hours during a long and arduous delivery. She worked with nurses in a smooth, harmonious manner. She stood up for what we outlined in our birth plan. She educated us on the decisions that needed to be made throughout the delivery...all while letting us discuss it on our own together first. Does this sound like a consummate professional to you? She sounds more like a leader in her field. She is a leader that I would highly recommend.