I gave birth at Providence Hospital in May of this year. I had been planning a home birth since giving birth to my first child in 2008 (At Northwest Hospital in Seattle). The first time around I really hated being in the hospital. Nothing was too bad, but I didn't feel as if my birth plan was honored, and things didn't go as I planned. So when my due date came and went I began to get nervous that I might not go in to labor before the cut off date for a homebirth. My midwife reassured me that we would get labor going, and that she had only had one mother go beyond 42 weeks. Well at 41w 6 days we had tried everything...herbs, walking, castor oil, and finally ruptured my membranes. Labor still did not start, so eventually we headed to the hospital. I cried and cried. I was so scared of going to the hospital, and mourning the loss of my homebirth.
The folks at Providence were more than I could have every hoped they would be. We were able to do a midwife to midwife transfer, meaning I was transferred directly into the care of one of their Certified Nurse Midwives. Every single person we encountered was amazing. The nurses knew my birth plan better than I did, and honestly most of their default policy matched up with what I wanted to do anyway. I never felt like I had to fight for anything. I later heard that 20 babies were born there the day I gave birth, but I would have thought I was the only person there. If I have another baby, I will be going back there, no doubt.
I just wanted to share in case anyone is trying to find a hospital and where they can have as natural a birth as possible.