Originally Posted by FeralFox
it's known around here for being a really awful hospital in general, so is the L&D unit really that much better than the rest of it?
I'm thoroughly convinced that the quality of a hospital in general & L&D in particular are really just unrelated. I mean, Johns Hopkins Bayview is one of the top hospitals in the nation, according to US News & World Report, but just AWFUL for birth. (Well, awful if you are a healthy woman, that is! Probably good if you are the rare super-high risk.)
I birthed there 7/08 (Karen attended.) Not only did my DH catch, Karen told me in a prenatal when we went over my birthplan, "Oh, I love when Dads catch!" & she was very enthusiastic & sincere.
I had my 2nd there 3/11 as a transfer from homebirth with Karen Webster. Dona attended. LOL, no one caught, for some bizarre reason, Dona turned after DD's head was out & then her body just flopped onto the bed (There was heavy mec, so I think Dona was getting ready to clamp & cut the cord immediately so they could suction her.)
Postpartum care was EXCELLENT both times. The whole place is so natural birth friendly that one nurse told me both she & another nurse there are in midwifery school & they want to go into practice together, either FSBC or HB!!
I remember they wheeled DS out (7/08) once to weigh him & came right back (I probably coulda protested). That was it! Neither kid was taken from my room or even asked if they could take. I declined all vax & eye goop - no problems. (With DD, one nurse said maybe 2 sentences to convince me on eye goop, but when I declined again, she dropped it. No biggie.)
I'm not a VBAC & was told no birth IN the tub as well.
With regards to continuous EFM for VBAC, bear in mind that when it comes to "rules" - often they aren't too closely followed. For example, it's on their books (brochure I got) that only clear fluids are allowed in labor, but Karen flat out told me she encourages eating & Lyn said, "Well, just don't ask, just eat."
So it's quite likely they'll do the same thing with taking the monitor off you.
I didn't ask, but from what I know of them, I could honestly see BOTH Lyn & Karen turning the other way about water birth. BOTH told me they considered going into homebirth, both are super NCB-friendly, supportive of mamas, & laid back about the whole thing. Lyn is just so chill about everything. She was even encouraging when she checked me out after my HB-transfer & I talked with her about it & my "what-if" concerns. She said, "Don't beat yourself up. There's nothing wrong with homebirth."
However, under no circumstances do I recommend the IBCLCs. Unequivocally, I cannot stress that enough. If you really want details, PM me, but be forewarned, it'll be a long, angry reply when I tell my stories. (Absolutely horrific BOTH times with both kids.)