Originally Posted by holz
Has anybody had a positive, natural birth experience at either Monmouth Medical Center or Riverview hospital?
Thanks so much! Also any doula recs, birthing tub rental recs, etc. are more than welcome
I had a fantastic experience at Monmouth Medical Center. My birth plan was followed to a T.
(wonderful labor and delivery nurse and staff).
It was a water birth (we brought our pool). You can labor in their tubs but not deliver. So we purchased a La Bassine and accessories from Marla at http://waterbirthsolutionsstore.com/
You would need to drop off the pool prior to your estimated due date, as they inspect it, then store it for you (which was very convenient).
I had an OB though, not a midwife so I am unable to help you there. It was an all natural birth, and my OB was excellent, so respectful of my birth plan.
You can also contact Doula Rose Marie Di Mare http://www.mothertomotherdoulas.com/Biographies.html
, for reccomendation on a midwife. She works with the various OB's and midwives at Monmouth Medical Center, and I believe Riverview, but not sure. She is a joy to speak with and very helpful.
Rose Marie also rents her AquaDoula pool, so you could ask her too.
Also waterbirth.org is founded by Barbara Harper and she is a helpful resource regarding birth professionals and hospitals.
Her contact info is on her site: www.waterbirth.org