Okay, so here goes.
Before we TTC, I need personal experience relating to Houston area hospitals. I live in SW Houston, but I will drive as far as the Woodlands to have a nice birth experience. I doubt that I am a candidate for a VBAC, I will find that out soon. For now I expect to have a cesarean section. My last childbirth experience was a wonderful as a planned pre-term cesarean could get. DS was in my arms in less than 5 minutes after birth and never left my sight until later in the day when he failed to maintain a constant temperature. DS was placed in the warmer and monitored by one nurse for about an hour and a half then returned to me until we left the hospital. We slept in the same bed, I wheeled him around the floor when I felt like walking and were pretty much left alone except for temperature checks and tummy massages. Only one nurse seemed to be a relic from the past but I only saw her once right after delivery. The rest of my stay was positive, and encouraging. My choices were not questioned, nor my parental rights challenged.
Since then we have moved, and I am in search of a similar experience. I have perused a few L&D websites. Some are okay, some are better than others and one stated that the Hospital Nurses were the primary caregiver of the child. Um, NO they will not be.
So ladies please take the time to answer my questions and share your experiences.
1) Natural or cesarean Birth
2) Where did you deliver?
3) Who was your OB/Midwife
4) Did the nurses support your decisions?
5) Was the hospital, clean, bright, open and inviting.
6) Were the facilities modern.
7) Did you have to pay for parking? If so, how much?
8) Did the hospital provide free wi-fi?
9) Was the dining acceptable?
10) On a scale of 1 to 10, rate your experience.