We could not be happier that we chose Growing Families as the birth center for our prenatal care and the birth of our son. Throughout the entire pregnancy, they were always there to answer any questions and encourage us to make healthy choices for mommy and baby. We had several false alarms and a VERY long labor when the day actually arrived, and never once did we feel under pressure to try and make things move faster. When I needed to rest, we rested. When I was ready to move around, we made sure everything I did was productive and not just exhausting myself. I can honestly say if I had been anywhere else, I would have probably ended up having an unnecessary C-section. And I'm so incredibly grateful to Misti and her team for standing by me and believing in my body's ability to birth. We wouldn't trade our experience for anything. ALSO, we made the drive from Jacksonville to St. Augustine just because we felt so much more connected at Growing Families than any of the other birth centers. So that's a huge endorsement there as well. It's totally doable if you're outside of St. Augustine.
As a Grandparent with 5 kids of my own. 3 in civilian hospital and one in military and one at home. The Growing Families was like having one at home. The freedom of movement not restrained to a bed. Going for a walk with the expectant one. Sibling friendly.
We had our second child, Alex at Growing Families, after having an awful experience at Baptist. After not being in love with anyone of the birthing centers in Jax, a friend recommended Growing Families/Misti. We drove an hour each way, and it was worth it. Not only were they always there to answer all of our questions and ease my husband's stress but they were always friendly and laid back with us. Their personality matched ours and we felt comfortable and felt confident in Misti. When I went into labor, Misti went to dinner with us and then went walking with me at Hobby Lobby (to keep the contractions going). Misti even crocheted my baby a hat from the yarn she bought while we were shopping/counting contractions. What doctor have you known to provide that kind of one on one care and attention to their clients? Their staff is completely helpful and friendly. I HIGHLY recommend them.
Fantastic! As a father, I was initially skeptical about not having our first baby in the hospital. However, after meeting Misti, and going to childbirth classes, I soon felt completely confident that this is the way to approach childbirth! Misti and the rest of her staff are always friendly and helpful. Every visit, we were completely informed on any little questions we might have had about what my wife was going through. On the day of the birth, we called Misti around 1:00 am to let her know that we were getting close and needed to go to the birth center. Even though she had another birth earlier that day, she greeted us when we got there with a smile and a room ready for us. She worked with my wife perfectly in getting our almost 2-foot long son out into the world. A great experience that we're getting ready for again in just 2 more months! We strongly recommend Growing Families to any pregnant couples in the St Augustine area!
Growing Families Birth Center is the oasis of love, peace, understanding and harmony. Misti is an amazing woman and midwife. She really cares about you and gives you the best advice while respecting all your wishes. I was honored to have my prenatal appointments with her up until 30 weeks before we moved out of Florida. I highly recommend Misty and her practice to every woman who wants to be listened to, respected, empowered and treated like a queen during her pregnancy. I love you Misti and thank you so much for everything! And for the tea! P.S. She makes the most delicious herb tea on Earth.