Well, my OB got the hospital policy changed when she found out that I was pregnant to allow me to have a birth pool in my hospital room (which is pretty freaking awesome of her, considering I hadnt even been to an appointment with her yet. She just remembered from last time). After we left the appointment, DH and I were talking and he let it out (he's always been super supportive of the idea of birthing at home) that he is a bit fearful of being so far away from the hospital (30 minutes). And he told me that he actually LIKED staying in the hospital last time, because he felt like he was in a special zone where real life couldnt interrupt him. Basically, he was forced to be in a room with us, and he liked it .
Id like to also say that when I gave birth to DD OB had JUST come on staff, so she has made a lot of changes in the last year and a half. This is a 52 bed,semi- rural hospital.
So, I told him Id make a pro/con list and we would make a decision in the next week or so. I thought I'd run that list by you guys to see if maybe you had and additions or comments. Just to be clear, it is pro/con of birthing at the hospital, as I already know all the pros of staying home.
DH not being nervous
My OB no longer shares "calls" with other doctors. Either she or her CNM will deliver the baby.
They will let me have a birth pool.
We wont have to lie to anyone.
Our parents get the excitement of waiting in the waiting room.
If I have to have an emergency section, I will be there already. (OB has a less than 10% section rate and they are almost all women who want one)
There have been 47 natural births at the hospital since I gave birth to DD (there are only 2-4 births per week at the hospital) so the nurses are more used to it than they were then.
There are 6 suites, and last time I was the only one on the whole floor.
They dont keep babies in the nursery, so baby will stay with me at all times.
They have an awesome LC on staff.
OB agreed that I can be monitored for 5 minutes once an hour.
Only one vaginal exam (upon arrival) unless I ask for more.
OB gave birth naturally to twins.
No hospital gown requirement.
No eyedrops, no problem.
OB has suggested I get a doula, so I know she is open to working with one.
I wont have to gather stuff for a homebirth.
The serve me veggie burgers and soymilk during my stay, so I know their food isnt gross.
I can turn off all the lights and have music.
I really do like the doctor.
DD cant stay overnight at the hospital with us.
I cant have candles.
Cant birth in the tub, only labor.
Cannot keep placenta (we snuck it out last time, but then it just rotted in our truck because we didnt want to ask family to transport it for us)
Cant eat during labor unless I sneak. (didnt want to last time, but still..)
Have to sleep on a down comforter on the floor for me, DH, and baby to co sleep. (but they let us)
All the chairs and couches are plasticky
I cant leave the room with the baby unless baby is on a rolly cart (in order to walk around to soothe baby I have to walk around in circles in my room)
Ill have to argue with another ped about shots.
There is no NICU at this hospital, so *if* something is wrong the baby will be airlifted in a helicopter.
The water at the hospital does not get very hot, so I would have to figure out how to make a birth pool warmer.
Things beep and make electronical noises.
If we UC, I will have to lie to our family. MIL is seriously the kind of person who would put up a huge fight and call an ambulance while I was in labor. This would make it hard to get someone to watch DD while I was in labor.
Additions? Comments? Have you changed your plan?