Originally Posted by heatherdeg
A friend here in town just drove an hour to birth at Hackettstown and was beyond thrilled with the experience. Her son had some issues that required transfer to another hospital (I think Morristown) but she has nothing bad to say about the whole thing.
I know she's on here, but not sure how frequently she's here lately (with a newborn!). Also not sure if she did water birth...
You meant me, right?
Yep, super busy with the little guy, but now he takes short naps on the My Brest Friend pillow and gives me occasional typing time
But yes, I really did love Hackettstown and the H. Midwives. I switched to them rather late, like at 35 weeks! I decided by that time that I didn't want to fight for the birth I wanted at Overlook and would rather go for the waterbirth I have been wanting since I heard about it when I was a kid (I know, weird thing to decide as a kid!) I do swear that if I had been at Overlook, I probably would have wound up with a c section because the labor was very long and I became exhausted at the end and wasn't sure if I was going to be able to push DS out.
Lisa was very patient and intent on letting me birth my way. I intended to go for the waterbirth, but for some odd reason, every time I got in the water my labor stalled. I wound up birthing on the bed, but Lisa had me in all different positions. Even if I didn't birth in the water, I felt accomplished and proud of the birth. Lisa did recommend pitocin at the end to help with pushing, and did state that interventions can be helpful if used for the RIGHT reasons. It wound up saving me because I was able to push the little guy out with the added boost.
I only had two small tears in front and no epi. DS was just about 8 lbs. I'm really glad I switched even as late as I did. My only regret in it all was that I didn't go to them sooner. They spend an hour with you during your prenatal visits, were very thorough, and actually paid attention to you rather than rushing you out.
I really liked the hospital. At the beginning, one nurse asked if I would be wanting pain meds, saying that they had to ask at least once or they'd get in trouble. I of course refused (though 35 hours with back labor, and this was my first, was no picnic.) The only other time it was brought up was near the 24 hour mark when one nurse was really concerned and asked if I was sure I didn't want anything because "you're in so much pain!" And I was, but I had good support (wonderful doula and a husband that wished he was sitting in the waiting room waiting for word, he was pretty traumatized LOL!)
I guess the worst part was when DS stopped breathing 30 minutes after he was born (he had trouble ejecting the fluid in his lungs and even though they kept suctioning, he was still having trouble.) It's a rare thing that seems to be called "lung whiteout" where basically an xray shows white lungs because of the fluid. People I know tried to inadvertently blame me for it with the long labor or because of the attempted waterbirth (which I didn't have so HA on them for trying to blame me!) or any other various reasons, but I saw a show on TLC where a woman with a scheduled c section wound up with a baby with the same thing.
That was the most awful thing, that he was transported and I couldn't even be with him the first night. My greatest moment of my life (and a wonderful natural high like I've never known before) turned into nearly the worst, but the staff got him stabilized (and Dr. Chi really did set us at ease). My only beef was when one nurse showed me how to use the hospital pump. my nipple went in crooked and she turned the thing up high. I had never pumped before and after that, I couldn't bear to pump again all night. The whole mess with the NICU and beyond has left me with a still messed up breastfeeding relationship.
I'm assuming that if all went well, we would have had a wonderful night because they expect you to room in with your baby. Hubby had a bed to spend the night in and they do take care of you. It's a small, quiet hospital 5 minutes from a state park that was nice to visit after my prenatals. I do highly recommend it, but be aware that it's always possible the baby could wind up being transported to morristown should something go awry (they don't have a NICU there.)
But yes, I highly recommend it! Maybe next time I'll actually get that waterbirth!