i'm not even pregnant yet but i want to plan ahead.
anyway can anyone tell me anything about how mom/baby friendly the hospital is? or about any other birth options in the area.
thanks in advance! :
I had my baby at the Medical Center in BG about 2 years ago. One of the great things about the Medical Center is the skin to skin policy they have adopted. Right after birth they wipe the baby off and then hand it to you to feed. I was able to nurse my newborn just minutes after birth. It was great!
yes the medical center does not allow you to have your baby in the room with you if you are sleeping as a policy. I slept with my baby in the room. When they opened the door I woke up -- like any regular person would. Plus, what are they going to do if a woman who just spent X hours in labor falls alseep while her baby is in the room??? Remind you and move on I would guess.
I tried to do most of the laboring at home and got to the hospital fully dilated so there was not a lot they could hook me up to so I don't have any info on that area. If hospital birth is your only choice and the medical center is you only choice I would talk to your doctor about what exactly you want -- if your dr. allows it the hospital should comply. But with the limited choice of local Hospitals it sounds to me like you should try and do all you can to be able to have a home birth.