Just trying to decide between the 2 we have available privately, Mercer or Gray. Anyone here have any advice?? I need one for a C/S birth in March.
We've used both - Mercer for our first child, and Gray for our second. We found both to be fantastic Drs.
Their personalities are quite different though, and I must say that I found myself at times a bit intimidated by Mercer, as his bedside manner is extremely straight-forward, no holding back iykwim. But he is a great Dr, with a great reputation, lots of experience.
Gray on the other hand I found I could speak to her much easier, but that's just me, I am a fairly shy person so that may be more to do with me than the Drs!
But look honestly, both were fantastic Drs. Our first child had no complications, apart from jaundice, and we would have signed up with Mercer again if he wasn't planning to be on leave around the due date of our 2nd bub! So 2nd time round we went with Leonie Gray. As it turned out, our son (our 2nd child) was in special care for a couple of days after birth, and Dr Gray really impressed us - she took every possible precaution and was extremely thorough, came to check on our son every day (and some times again in the afternoon too), ordering all types of tests to cover all bases. I was very impressed with her. She seemed very dedicated and on the ball.
If I was going for a 3rd bub (which we're not!!, well atleast not planning to!!), I'd choose Leonie Gray because of how impressed we were with how she handled our son's initial health issues, and also because I found her much easier to discuss things with. Though I really don't think you can go wrong with either.
All the best!
Last edited by ThisIsLiving; 21-01-2010 at 12:58.
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Hey i havent had a baby under either of these paed's but in saying that my family was under dr mercer for my baby sister who passed away and i had to see him for my daughter when she was born 9 years ago. His bed manner can come across rather rude, but he was good. my parents had trouble with him after my baby sister died. He wouldnt talk to them and explain things etc of what happened. I only heard one side of the story etc.
My son has been under dr gray for asthma and her bedside manner was lovely, a very thorough lady. Didnt treat me like a dumb parent. Im young and lots of dr's think you dont have a clue what you are talking about. She listened and found her great, would still be under her but son no longer needs to be cos his asthma is great. I was told by my gp that she recommended dr gray. Dr gray also seen him when he was 6mth at the base when he had perorbital cellulitis. She was fantastic then and I was going through a major family tragedy so needed nice dr's around.
I personally would go with dr gray.
Mitty HubbyRachel 11 + Marcos 5 + Aiden 3
I have also used both. We had Dr Gray for our 1st baby, and just recently Dr Mercer for our 2nd as Dr Gray was on holidays.
I found both of them to be very good, having said that I had 2 straight forward deliveries and babies with no complications so only really saw them briefly each day I was in hospital.
If we have a 3rd baby I would be happy to have either of them again.
All the best with your new baby
After reading your responses yesterday we'd decided to book Dr Gray. Went to our OB appointment today with Dr Etherington and the reseptionist told us that they'd try but Dr Gray doesn't like early starts and our c/s is booked for 8am. I've got to say, I was so shocked!! We were really keen to have her because beside manner is very important to me after having to deal with Dr Roper in the public system ( that man has NO bedside manner!!) Anyway, fingers crossed we can still have her and she wont mind starting a tad early that day!!
Not sure if anyone will still read this, but does anyone know a good family GP in Rocky thats good with kids? New to the area with a 3month old and finding it really hard to find a decent doctor!!