Perhaps I am the last person to find this out, but at 24 weeks I just found out that my local hospital doesnt allow visitors under 14 years of age to visit the birth center wing. This is a newer policy they have put in place because of h1n1. I was totally shocked when a pregnant mama mentioned this to me the other day. I did not expect my 3 year old to be able to spend too much time with me while I am in labor at the hospital but I was expecting my mom or someone to bring him in as soon as the baby is born. For me this is a total deal breaker so I am going to making the 40 min+ drive to a nearby town who has an excellent birth center and also a great natural birth friendly OB. Unfortunatly that means a lot of driving late in my pregnanacy when the prenatal appointments become more regular. I am just looking at it as a sign that I didnt want to birth their anyway, but still I am just in shock! Just imagining all the little toddlers that cant visit their mama for the 1-2+days or heaven forbid 5 days that mama is birthing their sibling. So sad! I even called to make sure this policy was still in effect and they said yes and that it is indefinite.
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4/30/10 at 10:37pm