It's me again. I just found this post I wrote a while ago. Thank you to the posters who responded. For posterity's sake, in case anybody comes across it wondering about Gottlieb, it was awful. You know how people say the birth of their child was one of the best days of their lives? I think mine were two of the worst.
First, the bond between mother and child is not a priority. I had a c-section due to the baby being breech. After that, I didn't see the baby (or, consequently, get to nurse him) for at least 2 and a half hours. I know they cleaned him and weighed him and let my family take pictures of him, but otherwise I think I was just forgotten in the recovery room. I had some nursing issues, and got terrible advice several times. The credentialed lactation nurse told me, "don't let him use you as a pacifier!" -- only now do I understand what that implies. Also, a nurse gave me these weird circular nipple guards with drip holes that I now realize expressed my precious colostrum (and not for the purpose of giving it to the baby - just to collect it). I do NOT know why they would do that to families who are breastfeeding.
Second, a couple of people were just major assholes. The birth certificate lady, whose forms were totally screwed up, was so mean and insulting to me that I cried, fatigued and hormonal and in disbelief. Some nurse gave me verbal instructions on how to do the post-operation breathing exercises while I was heavily drugged, not caring when I told her I was too out of it to understand.
Lastly, the staff was generally incompetent. I spent the first 12 hours bleeding in the same pad, because no one gave me any more of them, and the whole first day no one came to help me and my IV to the bathroom to clean my teeth or my face. The garbage overflowed with trash. They ask you what kind of baby-care information you'd like to receive before you leave, and I received none of it. They failed to give me the prescriptions on my chart. But hey, at least I got out of there in 48 hours! 48 hours for a major surgery with little subsequent rest....... wow.
A couple of these things I think I would have interpreted as within normal range of care, not having spent any time in a hospital. But my mother-in-law has a Masters in Nursing and became so infuriated about what she had seen that she ended up writing a letter of complaint to the head nurse of the hospital. They didn't care.
It's the Midwives and West Sub for me next time!