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    Bozza, Jennifer
    When I found out that I was pregnant I decided that I wanted to hire a midwife. I felt that a midwife would focus more on education and good health habits than on extensive medical testing and that a midwife would treat me kindly and give me more time than a regular OB/GYN. I was also interested in having a planned home birth, which I believe can be safe and wonderful if it is done correctly. I heard about Jennifer Bozza, a nurse-midwife that mainly practices in Amish communities by word of mouth. She practices in Sherman, NY - 2 hours south of where I live in Buffalo. After I met Jennifer she assured me that the distance would not be a problem because she already had some other clients here in Buffalo. Jennifer is one of only 2 home birth midwifes in the area and I decided to hire her. The prenatal care was ok - Jennifer didn't do much (no sonograms, etc.), which was what I wanted. I was more interested in the educational aspect, but Jennifer told me that having too much information would just complicate the natural birth process. She also discouraged me from making a birth plan as I was having the baby at home- she said it was redundant. The only information that I did get was a single sheet of paper with a list of things that I should have during the birth. These things were limited to the most basic of home birth necessities, but included a list of food preferences and coffee "for your midwife." The visits were longer than doctor's visits (usually about 45 minutes - 1 hour) but much farther apart than I expected. Even during the ninth month I only saw her twice. She scheduled all of her Buffalo client's appointments for the same day so she could take care of everyone in one trip. The majority of the time was spent talking about tests that I had already elected not to have. Sometimes we had the conversations multiple times. I knew that Jennifer was busy so I just figured that maybe she had forgotten about the past conversations. She did however forget about a specific time I had called her during my seventh month of pregnancy. I had been quite concerned because I had experienced some bleeding and had called her early in the morning (around 7:30-8:00AM-before business hours). I brought it up later and Jennifer told me that it had slipped her mind but it was because it had been nothing to worry about. I went into labor a week early. It was a day that no one had expected. The contractions started in the middle of the night but I waited until morning before I contacted Jennifer. She was surprised to hear that I was in labor, and told me she was busy with another client, and that she would come as soon as she could. She sent her assistant - a very nice lady, but I had only met her once before. Jennifer showed up a few hours later on her phone. She stayed on her phone for the majority of the time that she was there, and when she was not on it, it rang constantly. During my active labor, there were some items needed from the store. Instead of sending her assistant (who works here in Buffalo), Jennifer went herself. She needed directions since she is from out of town, and was gone nearly 2 hours, even though the store is just down the street. She came back with the necessary items - as well as some lunch for herself - even though I had bought the food and coffee that she had requested on the list of birth necessities. During the pushing phase of my labor, Jennifer started talking to her assistant about me like I was not present in the room with them. She spoke to her assistant about me in a very disrespectful and mocking manner-right in front of my daughter?s father and I. I was completely shocked but did not say anything at the time because I was overcome with pain. Soon my daughter was born and I suffered a postpartum hemorrhage and a major tare. The hemorrhage was not bad enough that I required a hospital transfer, but the tare needed to be addressed. Jennifer told me that she could fix it using super-glue. As she was trying to fix the tare, she again made mocking comments about me to her assistant - even suggesting that they "take a picture" of my injury. After checking the baby, Jennifer left as soon as possible. I saw her 2 more times after my daughter was born, once several days later, and once about a week later. I never received any after-birth instructions. I did not feel comfortable with Jennifer after the way that she treated me during and after my daughter's birth so I didn't want to really continue care with her, however the super-glue that she used to fix the tare did not work and I was not healing correctly. I was upset so I tried to contact her for advice. When I tried to contact her, I did not get a response so I tried repeatedly - first during the day and then in the evening. I finally received a text message (her primary means of communication with me) saying that I should direct my concerns to her only during business hours as she was "busy spending time with her family" during the evening. I complied and left her another message during business hours. She responded with a voice mail telling me to give the tare some more time to heal and referred me to a doctor - although it was not the doctor with whom she has a collaborative agreement with. I went to the doctor for advice about the tare and was told that I will need reconstructive surgery to correct it because too much time had passed from the initial injury. Although I'm not currently seeking monetary damages, if my insurance will not cover the surgery I need I may have to. I have been advised to contact an attorney regardless. I feel that due to the distance of her practice from the Buffalo area that she should not offer her services here, as it seems to compromise the integrity of her care. I feel that poor care in a home birth situation is dangerous. There was a time when my daughter was less than a day old that I found myself alone with her for nearly 8 hours, this due to poor communication and no after-birth instructions. I did not have any prior experience with children and had just suffered a hemorrhage and to be alone with her at that time was a very scary experience. No matter what I'm certain that I did nothing wrong to deserve the kind of treatment that I received. The outcome of my daughter's birth was negative in many ways due to Jennifer's lack of care and I will have to live with the consequences of choosing her as my midwife for the rest of my life. People discredit my daughter's father and I because we had the baby outside of the traditional hospital setting instead of looking at the type of care we received from who we thought was a birth professional.
    - john m.
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    409 Senna Ave
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