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Saying no to residents in the delivery room?

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This might be a silly question, but it was a real sticking point for me with DD's birth -- I'll be having my baby in a teaching hospital. Am I allowed to request that no residents be in the room during labor and birth? Or that only the doctor and/or nurse be in there with us? Last time it was a freaking circus and it didn't occur to me that I could ask people to leave. 

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My understanding is this: If you have private insurance or are private pay, yes. If you are on public health insurance (like Medicaid), then no.
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I used to work in a teaching hospital.  And, regardless of insurance, you can ask that students physicians or student nurses not participate in your care.  When I gave birth to my son there was a student nurse there who I didn't want to actually do anything medically, but I didn't mind her there...so I asked her to take pictures during the delivery :)  She did a great job and we have tons of photos :)

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