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DEBORAH POTTER, guest anchor: What role does faith play in a delivery room? If you ask one doctor in Atlanta, the answer is a big role. Dr. Joseph Tate delivers babies the old-fashioned way, using methods some obstetricians call risky. But his patients say God guides his hands. Mary Alice Williams has our report.

MARY ALICE WILLIAMS: Babies always surprise you, and most expectant mothers hoping for this joy, and chaos, fully expect to deliver a healthy baby — naturally.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Thank you Dr. Tate.

WILLIAMS: The birth of Sarah Miller’s two daughters surprised her and her husband Bill. She was unable to dilate enough to allow for natural birth. They were delivered by cesarean section.

Sarah Miller

SARAH MILLER: It makes it very hard to breast-feed. It makes it hard to do anything and bond with the baby, and I just want a vaginal birth.

UNIDENTIFED BIRTH HELPER (to patient): This baby is so good.

WILLIAMS: Vaginal birth after c-section — or VBAC — carries a rare but real risk of uterine rupture, life-threatening to both mother and child. Most obstetricians won’t risk it.

Dr. JOSEPH TATE (DeKalb-Gwinnett OB/GYN, Norcross, GA): She's going to do it this time.

WILLIAMS: Dr. Joseph Tate risks VBACs all the time, even when the odds are against him.

Dr. TATE: I didn't say to Sarah — I could say to her, “Look, you had two shots at it, and you didn't perform. Tough. I'm going to do a cesarean.” I got to look at it positively. I will give her a fair shot at it, as long as she and the baby are doing well. That's always the bottom line.

WILLIAMS: Dr. Tate, known as “Doc T,” is the sole practitioner of DeKalb-Gwinnett OB/GYN in Atlanta. It’s a family business. His wife Phyllis and daughter Elizabeth work in the office. He hasn’t had a vacation in 13 years because he works a super-human schedule.

Dr. TATE: We have, oh, another one, two, three, four that are within a week, another four that are two weeks within, another five that are three weeks.

WILLIAMS: Orthodox Jewish women make up about 20 percent of Dr. Tate’s practice. The rest are women of all faiths. How many babies has he delivered?

Dr. TATE: Somewhere over 5,000.

WILLIAMS: Sarah and Bill are hoping to make it five thousand and one.

Ms. MILLER: Well, I'm connected with a lot of mother groups online, and basically Dr. Tate's name comes up over and over again, because there is nobody else.

WILLIAMS: That online mother’s forum is the International Cesarean Awareness Network — ICAN.

Kate Sandhaus

KATE SANDHAUS: Doc T is the only actual OB who participates. This is a one-in-a- million doctor. This is not just any doctor.

WILLIAMS: Kate Sandhaus, just three weeks before delivering her second child, arrived on Doctor Tate’s doorstep desperate for a VBAC after her first was born by a frightening emergency c-section. Doc T agreed to help her.

Ms. SANDHAUS: He’s available to all of us in a way that — I just — I don't know any other doctors like that. I think that Doc T is committed to doing what's right. He's not swayed by what's convenient, and the reason he practices medicine the way he does is because of his faith.

WILLIAMS: Doc T is an Orthodox Jew, a faith that requires of men many obligations, including praying three times a day.

(to Dr. Tate): What does prayer do for you?

Joseph Tate

Dr. TATE: It's a communication with God. Judaism is establishing your own relationship with God. It's a personal relationship. We don't believe that God just kind of sets things out here and then you willy-nilly go your own way. We believe he does take a personal interest.

WILLIAMS: Dr. Tate is a pillar of the men’s study group at Beth Jacob synagogue in Atlanta. His rabbi, Ilan Feldman, calls him his go-to guy and a stickler when establishing the religious calendar.

Rabbi ILAN FELDMAN (Congregation Beth Jacob, Atlanta, GA): He's got a clock which is connected to Pueblo, Colorado, an atomic clock because he's that precise, and no matter what the synagogue clock says, when his clock says it's time to begin, we begin.

WILLIAMS: On the Sabbath and high holidays Orthodox Jews may not carry things outside the home. So Doc T, a crack engineer long before he was called to obstetrics, constructed an eruv — a religious boundary that binds the entire community into one household.

Rabbi FELDMAN: So that for the purposes of Jewish law, an individual would be able to carry or transport items outdoors on the Sabbath on Shabbat.

WILLIAMS: As for Dr. Tate using his cell phone and delivering babies on the Sabbath, Jewish law makes exceptions.

Rabbi FELDMAN: Jewish law does have adjustments, so to speak, for people who are serving matters of life and death, and certainly a medical doctor like Dr. Tate would be governed by that exception.

Ilan Feldman

(to Rabbi Feldman): Do you suspect that his Judaism makes him a better doctor?

Rabbi FELDMAN: There's no question about it. In my opinion, the defining quality of a doctor beyond his training and his intelligence is his humility, and Dr. Tate is devoted and humbly in the service of his patients and of their Creator.

MICHELLE FRANK: People all around America, especially in the Orthodox Jewish community, really know about him — just a great asset to us.

WILLIAMS: Michelle Frank belongs to Dr. Tate’s synagogue. Three years ago in New York — with 26 people descending for Passover Seder — she went into premature labor. Rachel was born by cesarean.

Ms. FRANK: Physically it was really atrocious. I actually couldn't even sit up for about 36 hours after she was born. It was just excruciatingly painful.

WILLIAMS: She’d been assured delivering naturally the next time would be no problem. She was in for a shock, as are many women in her circumstances.

Ms. FRANK: They're absolutely not getting to do it. You have major hospitals in Atlanta who deliver, say, 16,000 babies a year, and they have c-section rates close to 40 percent.

WILLIAMS: Nationally, more than 9 out of 10 births following a c-section are surgical deliveries. Emory University Hospital Midtown, where Dr. Tate delivers, supports VBACs. But studies show more than a quarter of hospitals don’t or if they do can’t find doctors to perform them. Dr. T delivered Michelle’s new baby Danielle by VBAC.

Danielle Frank

Ms. FRANK: You're on cloud nine. It's so unbelievably amazing. It's just the way that a woman was made to deliver a baby.

WILLIAMS: (to Ms. Frank): Do you think that his Orthodox Jewish faith makes him a better doctor?

Ms. FRANK: I think it makes him a better doctor, because I think that it helps to instill a lot of confidence in him. He does things that no other obstetrician will do. Whether they can or can't they just won't, and he'll tell you that he really feels like God just sort of guides his hands in his deliveries, and some of the things that he does, and some of the stories that have been told, there's just no way to do that on your own. I mean, you have to have help, and he attributes that help to God.

Dr. TATE: When you understand that there is another power in the world, and it is not just about you, then God gives you the ability sometimes to do things beyond what you particularly can do.

WILLIAMS: Natural births mean less blood loss and risk of infection for the mother and fewer respiratory problems for the newborn. But on this Sabbath day, there’s a problem with Sarah. Her tailbone is blocking her baby’s birth.

Dr. TATE: What I don't tell people always is when I'm in tough situation I'll close my eyes and I'll say a silent prayer, and I want Him to let me know if this is something that can be done, let me do it, let me do it well. But if it's something that can't be done, well, let me know, and if I need to do a cesarean to—that's the right thing, then we'll do that. I need help, and I’m not ashamed to ask for it.

WILLIAMS: The result? A healthy seven-pound, two-ounce girl delivered naturally. This baby surprised everyone.

Ms. MILLER: Thank you so much.

WILLIAMS: And before you know it, this tiny newborn will join this crowd — every one of whom was delivered by Dr. Tate.

I’m Mary Alice Williams for RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY in Atlanta.

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Dr. T

Dr. Joseph Tate delivers babies the old-fashioned way, using methods some obstetricians call risky. But his patients say God guides his hands.

  • Heather Tom

    What a great segment! Doc T delivered my son last year. I also found Dr. Tate at the end of pregnancy, desperately hoping for the chance to deliver without surgery. Our baby’s middle name is Joseph, in honor of the amazing Doctor who helped bring him into the world. We desperately need more doctors willing to put their patients above everything else. Definitely one in million!!

  • Carmela Ofer

    Dr. Tate delivered my youngest daughter 20 and 1/2 years ago. She was a v-back baby. My 1st babygirl was a c-section baby in Houston and when we moved to Atlanta, I could not find a Dr. that would not do a 2nd c-section – till I found Dr. Tate, thank G-d! He was amazing and he is so dear to our hearts!

  • donna morelli

    fyi I didn’t know the rate of C-Sections in some Atlanta hospitals is approaching 40%.

  • Elisabeth Rabadan

    what a blessing to see a doctor who believes that the way the creator designed birth is still valuable!!!!!!!!!! I have 4 children and the last two were home births totally natural. My bond with my children has grown stronger and the experience for me of childbirth was much more treasured.

  • Dick Marra

    What a wonderful segment on a long time friend.
    The families in the Atlanta area are very fortunate to have such a special person. Boston’s loss is Atlanta’s gain.
    Having known Joe since c. 1968, I can say ‘ I knew Dr. T when … ‘
    Any information from me about Dr. T’s Early Years will require a substantial contribution to his favorite charity!!!
    With warmest wishes to Joe, his family and his patients. /s/ ram

  • carolyn webster

    Dr Tate delievered two of my sons, 24 and 21 years ago and he was great then too! Dr. Tate also handled a miscarriage I had after the 2nd son wonderfully and I never wondered if that baby girl as dead or not. It was a hard time, but a wonderful time at the same time!

  • Kristen

    What a wonderful segment on a VBAC-supportive OB! Thank you.

    I do take some issue with the comment that “Dr. Tate risks VBACs all the time,” however. The risk of uterine rupture, while real, is less than 1% for most moms attempting VBACs. In addition, since the segment itself mentions that “Natural births mean less blood loss and risk of infection for the mother and fewer respiratory problems for the newborn,” wouldn’t that also mean that the OBs who deny moms the right to VBAC *risk c-section* all of the time?

  • Douglas

    Dr Tate delivered all 3 of my children, one of them at an unplanned location – my home! I’ve known him for 13 years, as our OB/GYN, as a good neighbor and as a friend. He’s the real deal.

  • Kate Woeber CNM

    I take issue with the phrase “even when the odds are against him,” referring to Dr. T’s willingness to “risk” VBAC for the women he is working with. In fact, the odds of a successful VBAC are 70% or better. The odds of a uterine rupture are, as another reader noted, less than 1%. The odds are definitely in Dr. T’s (and his patients’) favor– as they would be in favor of any provider deciding to practice low-risk obstetrics. The ethics of these decisions are up to the providers (including hospitals), the insurers, and the lawmakers who could faciliate for families’ health.

  • Marion

    Dr. Tate is an example of why I’m so proud to be Jewish. He is a tzaddik!

  • Rose

    I am very thankful for Dr. Tate. I have four children, and could not go to Dr Tate until after my last baby (insurance reasons). I had a pregnancy after my 4th which ended up in a miscarriage….I went to Dr Tate when I found out I was pregnant. He spent 2 hours going over my history (which was complicated). When I went to subsequent visits, he remembered my history as if he had known me all my life. He is the smartest doctor I have ever known and he is a huge blessing to the women of Atlanta.

  • Annette Culp

    I recently attended a planned vaginal breech birth with Dr. T. It was truely a blessing to see an OB that will practice based on the best interest of the mother and baby rather than malpractice and money. He was the only chance for this mother to avoid surgery. The birth was absolutely beautiful.

  • Angel

    I cried as I watched this video clip. I have had SIX unnecessary c-sections. I have contacted Dr. Tate and he has told me that he would support me with a TOL…I just about fell out of my chair as I was reading the email! I am trying to make plans to get to Atlanta now.

  • Adelaide

    Dr Tate delivered my baby and we will be forever grateful to him and his family /staff. I had a polymyomectomy due to several large fibroids. The practice I went “agreed” to my wish of attempting a VBAC Okayed by my surgeon. They also emphasized the fact that I was taking probably too many chances, that we might do a C-section. Listening to them C-section sounded like a high probability for a patient like me. Even one of the OB/GY told me that due to my history they will never attempt a VBAC in the US. Lawyers could be very aggressive and they would go the safest way. They weren’t receptive enough and tried to talk me into a C-section. I kept looking and found online Dr Tate’s name. I switched to his practice at 25 weeks. He went over my surgery report, my medical records and explained the risks even low inherent to any VBAC. That being said if I wanted to do it he was willing to hold my hand throughout this journey and do all he could to deliver my baby safely. If a C-section was inevitable, he’ll perform one. It reassures me so much to hear him say that he would hold my hand. It represents the idea that I have of the doctor/patient relationship. Needless to say that I was scared, worried to death for my baby and me. He took my worries seriously and explained all the security layers Crawford Long and him take for VBAC patients. I kept praying about it, asking God to help us make the right decisions and to preserve us. This article reflects so much what he does faithfully. I highly recommend Dr Tate. He never rushes you in a 5-10 minutes visit; he is knowledgeable, caring, compassionate and very funny. You are definitely in good hands with him. Whatever your situation is he’ll take you to the right direction. You can feel that he has his patients well-being at heart. I also met so many patients who only had praises for him. Trust your instinct and trust him.

    Good luck to you ladies

  • Serena

    I currently live in New Jersey, the state with the most C-sections. I have a 3 year old little boy that I look at and at times cry, saying if I have a C-section for his little sister and something goes wrong he’d be without a mommy.
    No one here will deliver a breech. Although, I would be considered a canadiate. Frank breech, no placenta previa, 1 vagina birth, don’t want any medication that can interfer with delivery, etc. Unfortunately, I heard the hospital I will birth at has a very high C-section rate and even got a court order for a woman to have one, and after DYFS got involved and took her baby. I wish someone would plz help, but it seems as no one cares enough to.
    From NJ. Unique5truth@yahoo.com 37wks

  • Cass

    Dr Tate delivered my fourth child via c-sec. We had hoped for a VBAC but it wasn’t to be. However, because of my spinal disability, he planned very well for my c-sec and I was able to have it awake – something I had not even been able to consider with my previous two c-secs. Dr Tate is a wonder.

  • Jessica

    Dr. Tate is awesome, He delivered all five of my moms children and the last two of my grandmas, and he will deliver my children also. He just has a way about himself, when my husband and I got married by husband thought I was crazy to travel almost an hour away to have him as my OBGYN, but I had my husand come once and he loved him and wants him to be his doctor also! When my mom was pregnant with her third we lived in New York and she went into labor and made her way all the back to atlanta just for him to deliver him, she didnt trust anyone else to deliver her children, and Im the same way! We love Dr. Tate and Family!!!

  • Ann-Margaret

    I love my doctor and his family! What my daughter didn’t mention (comment #17), when in delivery with her sister (my 2nd Child), I wasn’t able to find a comfortable pushing position, and when the nurse’s at Northlake Regional were freaking out, Dr. Tate, allowed me to deliver on all fours, knowing that nature would take it’s course, and that the baby would be fine. I would travel the world to have him as my doctor. He is the absolute best. I love you, dad & mom!

  • Rachel

    Dr Tate sounds like a wonderful doctor. What a gift he must be to his patients. Just a note to PBS, all births are “natural”, even c-sections. I think the term you’re looking for is “vaginal” birth. I think it’s important that we use supportive and anatomically correct terminology to describe the variety of birth experiences women have.

  • Ann

    It surprises me when I hear most doctors will not deliver a baby naturally after a C-section. Over 20 years ago, my daughter had two babies after a C-section. And, one of the was a 10lb baby. No problems at ll———–and she is a small boned woman.

  • Virginia

    Every woman has the right to make their own choice, in consultation with their doctor, but there is something women should know. C-section is far safer for the baby, especially in cases of prematurity or when there may be other known or unknown medical issues.

    Vaginal birth is traumatic and squeezes the head very hard. If there is anything that could cause a brain bleed, it is far more likely to occur in a vaginal birth than in a gentle (for the baby) c-section.

    Both my kids were born by c-section. Just FYI, I realize I am very unusual, but while it took me five days to recover from my 1st c-section (which followed 12 hours of labor) my second c-section was scheduled. I was walking around the 2nd day and left the hospital on the 3rd day.

    It turned out that my second child had an undetected problem with his placenta. The doctors didn’t realize until a week before he was born that he was going to be unusually small. He was born by scheduled c-section only two weeks before term, but he had a number of issues related to his small size, including reduced production of clotting platlets. He had to stay in the NICU for two weeks. Before he left they took a brain MRI “just to check” but the doctor said “I would be very surprised to see any problems, because of the fact that he was delivered by c-section.”

    By contrast, my neighbor has a child that was born two months early (vaginally) and he suffered a very serious brain bleed and has multiple problems associated with cerebral palsy (cannot walk or talk at age 3.)

    So don’t dismiss good reasons for having a c-section out of hand. I realize there can be problems in any situation, but doctors aren’t necessarily recommending c-sections just because they’re too lazy or untrained to carry out a successful VBAC.

  • doc t

    Virginia’s comment (#21 above) shows that she has bought into the erroneous notion that c-sections are automatically safer for the baby. If that were true, we should do 100% c-sections. In fact, over that last 40 years, the US c-section rate has gone from about 5% to about 30% with no real change in the cerebral palsy rate. Her assertion that vaginal birth is traumatic while c-section is gentle for the baby shows that she has done neither!

    We are living in an unprecedented time, for now as the c-section rate keeps rising, for the first time, both maternal and neonatal complication rates are also rising.

    Of course there are times when a c-section is necessary, but 1 out of 3 belies the fact that birth is by nature a normal, safe event for both mother and child. VBACs and other obstetrical procedures that reduce c-sections can continue to be preformed as I said in the segment, “as long as she [the mother] and the baby are doing well. That’s always the bottom line”.

  • Cassie

    Quote from Virginia …
    “By contrast, my neighbor has a child that was born two months early (vaginally) and he suffered a very serious brain bleed and has multiple problems associated with cerebral palsy (cannot walk or talk at age 3.)”

    Perhaps that is because he was born 8 weeks early, not because he violently erupted from his mother’s vagina. Most preemies end up in the NICU because they are not fully developed, not because of the way they came out.

    “He was born by scheduled c-section only two weeks before term….”

    Two weeks is still premature.

  • Tascha Madaffari

    I just made my first appointment with Dr. T and I am so excited I can hardly stand it. He came highly recommended from a friend of mine. I had a terrible first birth and never thought I would find they type of Doctor I was looking for!!! Can’t wait!

  • Julie

    Dr. Tate is my OB and I am so grateful for him. I was nervous about switching OBs after I had known mine for several years, but after I was misled into an unneccesary C-section last year, I knew I had to go to an OB who cared more about the client than treating me as a patient. My husband and I are so pleased that we have a holy person helping in our childbirth preparation.

  • Amanda Green

    My daughter Elizabeth is also another successful VBAC story done by Dr. Tate. I would not change anything about her birth. I traveled from Cleveland, TN near Chattanooga, TN. to see Dr. Tate and it was well worth the drive for every appointment. I had an unecessary C-section for the birth of my first child. My husband and I are so happy we found him, because every local doctor here beleive in repeat C-sections, No VBACs at all. Dr. Tate was my only hope for a vaginal birth. My husband and I did alot of research on repeat C-sections and the maternal death rate was actually higher than the uterine rupture risk. We would rather have taken the very low risk of uterine rupture than the risk that was higher of mine or the baby’s death. I am so happy we put our lives in the hands of Dr. Tate instead of someone wanting to automatically take her at 37 weeks. Anyone considering VBAC and can get to him, please do, you will not regret it. The results out ways all th other factors. We love you Dr. Tate, Thank you very much!!

  • Jamie

    I cannot thank Dr. T enough. After 2 previous C sections, the last being a horrendous vertical incision in 2003, my wife was determined to have a VBAC. Luckily she found Dr. Tate. I hope some of his interns have the intestinal fortitude to adopt his philosophy.

    Funny thing I learned from this interview is about him asking God for guidance. When my wife was laboring he sat at the foot of the bed during a difficult period of the labor. I saw him close his eyes for maybe 10-15 seconds. It was in the wee hours of the morning so I thought, “I don’t know if I want this dude delivering my baby, he looks like he needs some sleep.” Now I know the rest of the story.

  • Ann Thelen

    I was pregnant with my fourth baby at 46 years old, 14 years after my 3rd baby. I wanted a pro. I had good OB’s with my first three pregnancies and births, but Dr. T.was, by far, the BEST OB that I ever had. Personal and professional with a God-given “sixth sense,” especially in knowing how to help a woman during labor, Dr. Tate truly is one in a million. I do thank God for him and highly recommend him to friends.

  • rupali

    Hallo

    I am 32 years old, after 6 month of marriage I got pregnant, and after almost 40 week
    I had first baby via emergency C-section, But baby died (it was CORD PROLAPS case).

    I miss dearly and think about my child constantly, But I am trying to know this matter about my future.

    I kindly request you to please give me your expert opinion about my following question.

    1. Can any affect my fertility after a c-section in this case..?

    2. How long after a C-section can I start thinking about having another baby?

    3. What precaution I have to take when I get pregnant again..?

    4. How many chances to deliver normally after first c-section..?

  • Kendall

    Doc T delivered my baby 2.5 years ago VBAC just 13 months after a c-section. I’m in another state, but have considered going back to Atlanta just so he could deliver my third child(Due on December 18th)! He’s amazing.

  • Terri

    I have been hearing good comments about Dr. Tate, and I live in the next state. Now I see why people love him. What an amazing story! Shalom!

  • kassy

    I just have my second child; a baby boy born dec. 18, 2010; via c-section. After reading all of this wonderful VBAC stories I too, am hoping to have Dr. T deliver my next child vaginally. I live in Cleveland, TN, so it will be a long drive for me, but I am willing to drive it to see this wonderful Dr!!!

  • Shulammis

    Dr. Tate has been G-d’s blessing to our family since we met him almost 20 years ago! He is also an expert infertility doctor, in addition to his many other talents. After he helped me to conceive my first child, he went on to deliver all of our five children; throughout that time and during the years since, he has always been someone I could turn to, even though we now live out of state. If I were fortunate enough to have another child I would almost definitely come back to Atlanta for the birth–or fly Dr. Tate up North! He is, as another poster said, a Tzaddik, and a Mekadesh Sheim Shamayim B’Rabbim (a sanctifier of G-d’s Name). May G-d grant him much strength, robust health, and all the resources he needs to continue serving womankind for many, many years to come!

  • Aisha Mcgowan

    Hi i would just like to say that dr tate is an awsome doctor.And he is all about his patients not greed.He delivered my daughter on 5/01/09.And she was a vba5c.Now can you beleive that?I am forever grateful to him.I just cannot thank him enough.When no other doctor was willing dr tate took me on…..

  • Lillie B Johnson

    I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Joseph Tate in 1989, at 27 wks pregnant, frightened and in labor, following a dispute with another hospital (on the “north side” of Atlanta) which tried its best to coerce me into an emergency cesarean section. Leanne (Dr. Tate’s midwife…an angel), witnessed the manipulation and the extreme emotional stress it was causing, and quietly recommended Dr. Tate to me. The next day, after being transferred to the hospital in Tucker, GA (from which Dr. Tate worked), he began taking very aggressive measures to prevent my body from going into delivery. It took 3 months of bed rest and 4 additional trips to the hospital, but at 38 weeks, I gave birth (VBAC…with a cervical block/no epidural) to a 7 lb./14 oz. daughter who was healthy, safe, and beautiful. Today, she is almost 21; she graduated with honors from high school, attended two years of college on a scholarship, and is now serving in the US Air Force. I will always feel that Leanne and Dr. Tate were SENT to me, and I am eternally grateful. I never have, nor will I ever forget either of them. Dr. Tate’s knowledge, faith, philosophy, and respect for the female body and psyche are phenomenal. He embodies the word, “healer”. He put his heart into saving my daughter. It is my prayer that his life be filled with health, prosperity, and all good things; and that God continue to use him and BLESS him mightily!!

  • Pam Roe

    Dr Tate is a gift to mothers and babies, fathers/partners, and the entire birth community. He offers options that certainly no one else in the Atlanta area (probably all of Georgia, maybe the Southeast) offers. Thank you Doc T!

  • Julia

    Dr. T is not my current OB-GYN but I ended up in his office after my OB wouldn’t perform a circumcision on my son because of his hydrocele. He is the only doctor I could find in Atlanta that would perform one before he turned 6 months old. He did an amazing job and even let me “cry on his shoulder” about how I had to have repeat Cesarean births with both my boys. He talked to me all about his practice and how he encourages VBACs. I do hope to have more children and because I desire to try to have them naturally I plan to leave my current OB and switch to Dr. T. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job with my son Dr. T!

  • Jennifer

    @Kassy, and others, I live in Nashville, due with our 4th, and found Dr. Tate through ICAN of Nashville. I’m travelling 4 hours for my appts with him, and to have him help me deliver the baby. I’ve had 3 sections (only one “possibly” necessary) and no one closer will even talk to me, or touch me. I’ve been “warned” so to speak by the gracious medical field up here that if I become a patient of any medical dr up here, I will be cut, barring all the adhesions, and a follow up surgery I had after my second section. Dr. Tate is an incredible Dr. Yes, you may have to wait a while to see him, but when you are with him, you are with him, and it’s not a timed 5 minutes and your out of here visit. He is worth the 4 hour drive. I wish there were more like Dr. Tate. There would be a lot more happy bellys out there…

  • kassy

    Jennifer, I am SO glad to hear that other people will travel so far to see Dr. Tate. I have read so many VBAC stories that Dr. has attended; I know he is the best OB for VBAC mothers in the south! I am cheering for you & I believe that you will do it this time!!! Congratulations on your pregnancy! (I have set up a consult to meet and talk with him, so I cannot wait to meet this great Dr. Tate!)

  • Kara

    I live in Brunswick, GA and have had 2 c-sections. I’m hoping to find a doctor nearby that will do vba2cs. However, I haven’t had much success so far. I really like all I’ve seen about this doctor. Most importantly to me is the fact that he gives God credit for his success and isn’t afraid to ask for God’s help when he needs it.

  • Melody Melvin

    Dr. Tate delivered all three of my children. During my first delivery, he was literally merely checking me before wheeling me into the OR for a cesarean when my daughter just decided to come out. My second pregnancy was a twin pregnancy and this time I delivered in the OR because my Baby “B” was breech. However, just like he said, we gave it every chance and I successfully delivered both twins vaginally, breech and all at 36 weeks.

    Dr. Tate is ABSOLUTELY willing to do a C-section if necessary. He never took any risks with the health of myself or my babies, ever.

    I am pregnant again and no longer in the Atlanta area. I have to admit I am quite trepidatious at the notion of anyone delivering a baby of mine other than him. He is simply the best. I would have gladly waited hours to see him and wish that I had lots of money to merely fly across the country and have him as an OB once again.

  • Daniele Xenos

    I am the doula in this video – would it possible to get a copy to share with my clients?

  • Robin Moody

    Dr. T is amazing. I had 2 csections at the infamous “northside hospital” whose c/section rate is very high (and I was a normal healthy woman, I am just a slow cooker and a slow laborer but they don’t like my kind there…).

    And then I met Dr. Tate. And had 2 vbacs with him. He is a great doctor who truly believes that a woman’s body can birth a baby.

  • sam

    Did you successfully have your baby vaginally?