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Pavilion for Women & Children Providence Hospital-Everett, WA

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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.

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Thanks for sharing your positive experience! smile.gif
 

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