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post #41 of 52
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Originally Posted by JamieCatheryn View Post
No matter WHAT the hospital policy or how they try to throw their weight around, you have the right to your own child even if you must sign AMA forms about what you decide. But, you know what you are signing up for if you go there, best bet is to go where you are routinely given what you and baby need and want.

A call to CPS?

Yes, I had that happen once. With the last birth. I did not want the forced csect but gave in due to their torturing me pretty much. Then, when the baby was born, they were nasty to me and would not even let me have my baby when I asked. He would be bawling in the nursery and I would be ringing their bell saying I wanted him and they would refuse. They would insult me for breastfeeding and told me I was being abusive for not letting him be bottle fed. The reason they called it abuse is they had a policy against allowing the babies to be with the mothers during shift changes and those could take hours. If they were sooo busy with shift changes, where did they find the time to bottle feed? Then, I had company when they stopped by to "teach" me how to care for my baby and such. Umm, I already had several children and in fact used to teach parenting classes. I did not want to sit there while they went through their whole thing. So, they called child abuse on me.

In the end, the social worker told me I was one of the best parents she ever met, she did not think she could handle all these children so well as me and that she could learn some things from me.

So that is my nightmare experience with giving birth at a hospital last time. So what happens if I just say no to the crap? The hospital will do whatever they have to to try to control you, including putting you through CPS hell.
post #42 of 52
The op's scenario is turning my stomach.

Just for comparison, my hospital where I've birthed twice (one vaginal birth, one c-section) rooming in is the 'rule' and there is no nursery. If you want the nurses to take your baby for a bit, there has to be a reason and they'll simply sit at the nursing station and hold them.

Bathing is done only with a parent present, unless circumstances preven that from happening. They'll even bring the portable warmer to your room to do the bath. I declined the bath with both girls; the only difference it made was that the nurses were required to wear gloves when handling the babe.

Mine didn't anyway. I'm a nurse at that hospital and they know me.
post #43 of 52
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A call to CPS?

Yes, I had that happen once. With the last birth. I did not want the forced csect but gave in due to their torturing me pretty much. Then, when the baby was born, they were nasty to me and would not even let me have my baby when I asked. He would be bawling in the nursery and I would be ringing their bell saying I wanted him and they would refuse. They would insult me for breastfeeding and told me I was being abusive for not letting him be bottle fed. The reason they called it abuse is they had a policy against allowing the babies to be with the mothers during shift changes and those could take hours. If they were sooo busy with shift changes, where did they find the time to bottle feed? Then, I had company when they stopped by to "teach" me how to care for my baby and such. Umm, I already had several children and in fact used to teach parenting classes. I did not want to sit there while they went through their whole thing. So, they called child abuse on me.

In the end, the social worker told me I was one of the best parents she ever met, she did not think she could handle all these children so well as me and that she could learn some things from me.

So that is my nightmare experience with giving birth at a hospital last time. So what happens if I just say no to the crap? The hospital will do whatever they have to to try to control you, including putting you through CPS hell.
Where on earth do you live?? Are these two different hospitals in the same area? My experience with hospitals has been so different, it's hard for me to imagine anything like this.

Have you had a chance to check out the birth center?
post #44 of 52
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They have a 75% csect rate and a policy that the baby is not allowed to stay with the mom and no one is allowed in the nursery except the staff. I have been considering going to a birth center because my last birth was such a nightmare.
RUN (don't walk) to the birth center. What's holding you back? Yikes!!!
post #45 of 52
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Where on earth do you live??
Ditto! I'm dying to know if this was in the US.

This is just atrocious & horrifying.
post #46 of 52
Same as what so many have said ... I'm also in the US, and I'd be very surprised to find that this is anywhere near the norm. Almost everyone I know has had a hospital birth, and I've never heard of the nurses scrubbing a baby so hard that he/she bled from it. Also, I just toured a hospital in a not especially pro-natural birth area, and they have gone from having optional rooming in to requiring rooming in since they turned their nursery into an NICU. (And even in the NICU nursery, the parent is allowed in the nursery with the baby. Well, one adult is allowed in I think is specifically what they said.) All bathing and newborn exams are routinely done in the delivery room.
post #47 of 52
i suggest go to birth center.
post #48 of 52
oh my goodness! I'd definitely go to the birth center if I were you!!

I couldn't go to a hospital where I couldn't room in with my baby. The whole nursery deal frightens me.

Neither of my boys had a bath untill the day after birth.. and it was very gentle.. no rubbing at all!

Definitely go to the birth center!!!
post #49 of 52
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Originally Posted by Lisa1970 View Post
They have a 75% csect rate and a policy that the baby is not allowed to stay with the mom and no one is allowed in the nursery except the staff. I have been considering going to a birth center because my last birth was such a nightmare.
If you can possibly avoid this hospital, I would do it. Do whatever you can.

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Originally Posted by Kelly1101 View Post
I'm doing a hospital birth with an OB, but I picked a hospital that allowed 24-hour rooming in (as well as supporting natural birth), encourages the father to stay with the baby during nursery procedures, strongly encourages breastfeeding and has an in-house lactation consultant, etc.
A word of warning: Many hospitals, knowing that it's rather trendy, hold themselves out as being natural birth friendly and having a "family birthing center" or "family birth center" rather than normal L&D. They advertise birthing tubs that - guess what - are never used. They pay lip service to things that patients sometimes want and that sound good, but then they rarely, if ever, allow those things to happen. Including the ones with in-house LCs. There are several hospitals in my area like this - in fact, they're pretty much all like this. It's rather nightmarish. Yet they have these lovely photo spreads of "homey" rooms in the "birthing suites," show photos of the birth pool that has never been used, talk about rooming in, etc.

Some hospitals really are good - but giving those talking points is absolutely no reason to believe that a hospital actually is that way. If you haven't, I would speak with local doulas who have attended births at that hospital. They're more likely to know what you might end up dealing with. If you already have the inside scoop, that's great - but this advice still holds for anyone else choosing between hospitals for a birth.
post #50 of 52
To the OP I agree with the advice above and find somewhere else. Those policies are horrible.

I am generally untrusting of the hospitals just from what I have seen in my area but your situation seems much worse. In my area we only have two baby friendly hospitals. One of those hospitals have OBs that have some of the highest C/S rates in my county (it's a good sized area). I have seen several c/s that seemed unnecessary as well as a VBAC that was induced and of course ruptured. I have not seen one non-c/s birth in my area personally (this is out of about 10 births of women I know who are young and generally healthy). To Romana's point I see them paying lip service but it's not what I see most of the outcomes.
post #51 of 52
Oh, no, no, no!
Nobody is taking my baby from me unless my dh is glued to her. No, no.
And what the heck is the deal with bathing the baby anyway? We didn't bathe DD for days. The nurses hinted and hinted, but she didn't need it. When she was ready, I gave her a gentle sponge bath. And not rooming in? No, no, no.
I would go for that birth center! I would do a homebirth. I would not not not go to that hospital!
post #52 of 52
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Originally Posted by Romana9+2 View Post
A word of warning: Many hospitals, knowing that it's rather trendy, hold themselves out as being natural birth friendly and having a "family birthing center" or "family birth center" rather than normal L&D. They advertise birthing tubs that - guess what - are never used. They pay lip service to things that patients sometimes want and that sound good, but then they rarely, if ever, allow those things to happen. Including the ones with in-house LCs. There are several hospitals in my area like this - in fact, they're pretty much all like this. It's rather nightmarish. Yet they have these lovely photo spreads of "homey" rooms in the "birthing suites," show photos of the birth pool that has never been used, talk about rooming in, etc.

Some hospitals really are good - but giving those talking points is absolutely no reason to believe that a hospital actually is that way. If you haven't, I would speak with local doulas who have attended births at that hospital. They're more likely to know what you might end up dealing with. If you already have the inside scoop, that's great - but this advice still holds for anyone else choosing between hospitals for a birth.
I echo this. I responded on your other post on the related thread, Kelly1101. I am a doula who works in your area and think that you might want to be prepared for more resistance than you are anticipating. I'm going to leave the ball in your court to PM me, because I'm not much for harassing folks if they don't want my 2 cents. My due date is also very close to yours. Tea perhaps?
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