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#61 of 96 Old 06-02-2007, 01:48 PM
 
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HATE hospitals.
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i love one of the hospitals in this city. it has a big, private birthing tub, for starters. a million times better than my bathtub at home. then there's the birthing suites - a hotel room-sized room with a pull out chair thing for dh t osleep in, a big window, a cd player, the works. full rooming in. i lost a lot of blood and couldn't stand after the birth so the nurses changed all ds' dipes. i never once had to deal with meconium. one night ds just wanted to cry and cry - my milk had switched over and he didn't like the change and there was nothing i could do about it. after trying and trying to soothe him i was getting desperate and needed to sleep soooo badly. an angelic nurse came and offered to walk him aound so i could nap. she took him and the nurses at the nursing station played with him while i slept. when i'd had some rest and he'd built up an appetite he was willing to try my strange new milk.
the day after ds was born i went into shock from blood loss. i stopped breathing. if i'd been at home i would have died.

the cons - the food is awful and cosleeping is not allowed. one nurse was awful, the others were amazing.

all in all i loved it. this time 'round i'm bringing bath bombs to put in the birthing tub...
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No, I did not enjoy our hospital stay. It wasn't horrible in the way some people describe (food, lack of sleep) but I really just wanted to get HOME.

The one nice thing about the hospital was the easy access to a breastfeeding clinic with great LCs just down the hall from the postpartum unit. They helped save our breastfeeding relationship after a rough start in the NICU.

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nope, hated it.

couldn't get any rest since they were checking vitals every 4 hours. had to watch my baby like a hawk so procedures weren't done. bed was uncomfortable, food sucked.

the comparison from my homebirth and hospital birth is apples to oranges, for sure. the loveliness of being in my own bed surrounded by my oldest child and hubby in a peaceful, undisturbed environment, that is immeasurable.
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I'm a little weird in that I kind of *like* hospitals but I think that's just because they're terribly interesting. There's so much to investigate and look at and always something happening and I'm a curious person.

That being said, I really wanted to like being in hospital postpartum and tried to like it.

No luck there.

I stayed in for 4 days after both ds's were born, since I delivered in a small hospital and they like to make sure everything is really, really okay. I do think that's kind of nice - especially for first time moms - because once you're home, you're on your own (if you don't have a midwife around).
BUT I got hardly any sleep. Nurses woke me and the baby up every 2 hrs or so at night. Frequent nursing is good, but if a healthy baby is sleeping for pete's sake leave it alone. Then it was hard to sleep during the day for all the visitor traffic, nurse traffic, cafeteria people...that was the worst. The tray clattering in at 7 AM.
And the breastfeeding help was pathetic. They were insistent on 'helping' but it had to do with forcing me to use uncomfortable complicated holds, a lot of boob-grabbing and positioning by the LC nurse, and always the watching. Watching me nurse, checking my latch...again, probably helpful but done in a really invasive manner. Then with my 3rd baby, where I left after 12 hours, a nurse tried to force me to breastfeed a konked-out non-hungry baby for 45 minutes. And treated me like I had no clue what I was doing. Um, this is my third baby, thanks, I may be young, but I'm not stupid.

It's hard to deal there as an informed mama because they have to cater to the lowest common denominator. They have to. So we get very little respect, because they have to catch the mamas that might fall thru the cracks with bfing and baby care and all that.
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Nurses woke me and the baby up every 2 hrs or so at night. Frequent nursing is good, but if a healthy baby is sleeping for pete's sake leave it alone.
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They were insistent on 'helping' but it had to do with forcing me to use uncomfortable complicated holds, a lot of boob-grabbing and positioning by the LC nurse, and always the watching. Watching me nurse, checking my latch...again, probably helpful but done in a really invasive manner.
I know exactly what you mean. I actually didn't find it helpful at all. I was so tense trying to nurse ds1 that I'm amazed he got anything. Then, with both dd and ds2, the nurses kept pushing the football hold at me. I told them over and over that I know the football hold is more comfortable for many moms after a c-section, but it just does not work for me. They just wouldn't drop it. Every time they came in and I was feeding the baby, it was "the football hold is easier after a c-section" - even after I'd told the same nurse five times that it doesn't work for me. IT was just soooo frustrating. What really bugged me was that they were pushiest with ds2...my third baby, and the only one I had absolutely no trouble with right from the start. I just wanted them to let us be.

I also got hassled for refusing the community health nurse visit. Ugh.

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I enjoyed my hospital experiences. I spend a significant amount of my time in a hospital because I work in one. For me it's seemed pretty homey . I was very glad to have the time post partum with DD#2. I had a very rambunctious 2.5 year old at home and it gave us some time to get to know each other just mom and babe. The PP RN's and even the LC's were very hands off but were available if I needed them. We got a fabulous BF'ing relationship established before adding another child into the mix.

As soon as we got home, every time I would BF DD#2, DD#1 would come and jump on the bed. Not fun with sore nipples.
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I hated it but they weren't to blame. It just wasn't home. Not my bed, my stuff, my smell.

Oh and I'm really not a social person, so having that many people around skeeved me out. Plus I'm nocturnal so having to sleep at night threw me off.

So I'll be birthing at home next time.
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I liked my postpartum stay. The maternity wing at my hospital was just renovated, so it's all nice and new. I had my own room and there was a couch for dh to sleep on. I liked that the bed went up and down. I liked the "wand thing" in the bathroom. Although I did not put ds in the nursery, I did like that once a night a nurse would come and get him and take him to be bathed so I could have have a guaranteed rest for a couple hours. I liked the food, and I liked having someone bring it to me and come take away all the mess later. I like being able to push a button and have an ice pack for my perinium or a vicodan sent to me.

While in the hospital for those first couple days, I feel like that's my REAL rest/recovery period. During that time, I don't have to get out of bed much. But once I get home, even though I try to continue to take it as easy as possible the first week or two, it's not the same. My only bathroom is upstairs and the kitchen is downstairs, so I find myself trekking up and down my steep stairs. And even though for the most part I let the housework go, I still end up doing at least dishes and picking up all the new baby stuff constantly. Also this time around I'll already have a 25lb 1yo as well as a newborn, so I'll be caring for both of them once I get home.

I do think it's annoying and somewhat disruptive in the very beginning when you have a nurse running in your room every 1/2 hour or hour or whatever to check your pad and blood pressure, but all in all it still was pretty restful for me.
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Plus I'm nocturnal so having to sleep at night threw me off.
They made you sleep? How odd.
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They made you sleep? How odd.
I had a scheduled induction so I checked in the night before. They tried to get me to take a sleeping pill but I don't respond well to sleeping pills. They really don't like you to stay up even if you can't sleep.
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I hated the hospital; reasons were:

1) pushing the usual medicalized birth

2) Asked me no less than 4 times if I wanted pieces of my child's penis cut off.

3) Uterine assault! (they insisted on pressing on my uterus--I told them the breastfeeding would contract the uterus and then another nurse went ahead and attacked again! They didn't stop doing this with every time they checked me until I had my husband ask for the rep and that made them stop!)

Then there was the worry that they would give formula any second the baby was out of my sight, the "breastfeeding success bag" with formula and how to wean in it, the rules about visitors, the risks of hospital infection....bleh, never again!

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I did not enjoy being in the hospital at all.

I was lonely and bored. The bed was uncomfortable and crackled when I rolled over. There was constant light and noise in the hallway when I tried to sleep. They woke me up at 5:30 in the morning to take my temp and blood pressure. When I had afterpains they only gave me one Tylenol. I hated sharing a bathroom when I was bleeding so heavily. The food was terrible. My roommates husband stayed WAY passed visiting hours. I had to be presentable to leave my side of the room. I'm sure there is more...

I can't understand why women with uncomplicated births choose to stay for the full two days.
Same here, except my roommate had SOOO many visitors, it was unbelievable.
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My 1st dd was born in the hospital.

I can classify my feelings as "unsatisfactory"
It was yucky, but not any worse then what it normally is. It was a typical experience.

I have mixed feelings about my hospital birth. Should I blame the hospital for doing what hospitals do?
Mostly I'm mad at myself for not taking my birth seriously. I was the one that chose to accept what is "normal" and without any questioning, I followed the other preggos to the L&D factory

At least I figured things out in time for my 2nd birth.

A hospital is no place for healthy people

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Loathed it.

1) They did procedures to me without my consent.

2) They did procedures to my son without my consent.

3) They did not encourage me. They told me I was not making progress when in fact I was.

4) I was not allowed to eat, for a total of 36 hours or so. The one sympathetic nurse who snuck me jello was reprimanded.

4) They undermined my wishes for a natural birth at every opportunity.

5) They lied to me and told me I needed a csection.

6) They did not allow me to touch or hold my baby right away. Everyone else got to.

7) They put me in a recovery room all by myself and ignored my pleas to see my baby.

8) When finally I was brought to my room to see my son, the nurses came in every 1/2 hour either for me or the baby. I did not sleep and I was starving.

9) I needed help and no one answered when I buzzed for help for 30 minutes.

10) The nurse who came in to check the baby had 1 inch long fingernails and I could just imagine all the bacteria stuck under her fingernails:

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I hate hospitals and I was one of the lucky ones to have the super posh hotel style room complete with the 5 course meal. We have a local hospital that not only has the posh rooms, but will send a massage therapist and hair/makeup stylist to your room to fix you up.

So, the posh hotel style room does not replace the fact that:

The hospital staff treated me like I was an uneducated sheep

It seemed every attempt was made to sabotage my breastfeeding relationship

I was poked and prodded constantly and argued with no matter what I requested for me or the baby

Several attempts were made to take the baby to the nursery because the nurses were in shock that I was bathing/changing/feeding the baby ALL BY MYSELF! *gasp* I even managed to shower and use the toilet with the baby right with me!

This time around I'm going to a freestanding birth center. I will be able to go home just a few hours after having the baby. The midwives ASK ME what I'd like instead of arguing with me or telling me what to do.

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Loathed it.
10) The nurse who came in to check the baby had 1 inch long fingernails and I could just imagine all the bacteria stuck under her fingernails:
Ack! Gross! No offense to nurses with long nails, but I'd rather not have one touch me or my child either. Short is the way to go - doesn't she ever have to put latex gloves on?
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I was fairly lucky with my hospital stay with DS1. I got to have a room to myself which was nice but they did keep coming in and checking on us but they did it in a nice way. Barely waking me up just enough to feel my stomach and ask if I was ok and peek at baby. I stayed for almost 4 days. I had no support at home as I went into labour early and my Mom had not arrived yet and DH had to work. I was in a small town hospital and I went into labour when the only LC there was on vacation. But since I stayed so long she got back the day I was leaving and the day my milk came in so she was great. I remember her spending a lot of time with me that last day.

Even though I had a good hospital stay, I enjoyed my UC recovery much more. I got to take a herbal bath right after the baby was born. Got all snuggled up with DS in my own warm soft bed with plenty of pillows. Then DH made me a sandwich and brought me some orange juice, I didn't have to wait until the next meal time. I barely got engorged because this time I was lying in bed with DS and letting him eat as much as he wanted. I had no one poking or prodding my body except myself.

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Well, I rested at home. dh took care of everything for the first week and most of everything for weeks after.

I didn't rest well at the hospital at all. People coming in all the time to check my temperature or try to take my baby for things.

I don't think the possible extra rest would be worth the complications hospitals can create with normal births if there was actually additional rest to be found.

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I have had 5 hospital births and my stays have been not enjoyable every time (I birthed at 5 different places)

baby 1 I was fine with my stay food was bad, don't remember much of the nurses left after 18 hours
baby #2 was preterm it was awful all around, I insisted on staying as long as I could (although it was awful) because it was better than driving 1 hr each way pp

baby #3 geriatric hospital its so old they had communal showers but I got a private room and my dh could stay

baby #4 the hospital was cleaner and I had my own shower

baby #5 I wanted to leave 24 hrs after he was born (really rough birth, Ideally I would have left immediately but my baby wasn't well) but they insisted I stay for another 24 hours

The food was bad at all the hospitals, the nurses for my last four births left me alone, I didn't like getting disapproving looks for refusing the bath, I didn't like that the nurses didn't want to bring me a breastpump it took forever every time I needed it (the last time I brought my own) I think its disgusting to expect post partum women who are bleeding alot to share a bathroom its sure not hygenic
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gOD NO. i DIDN'T SLEEP ONE WINK IN THE HOSPITAL. i COULD NOT WAIT TO LEAVE.

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My one and only stay in the hospital after my own birth was for the birth of my daughter.

It was boring and all I wanted to do was go home. But going home was no real great option either. My husband was crawling with disease and could barely function himself. So began my life with a baby.
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I was admitted several times for IV each pregnancy for hyperemesis. And was comfortable. The food was good, it was restful. After birth I had a private room, so DH was allowed to stay, if you don't have a private room then they are only allowed to visit a couple of hours. In addition to regular meal times there was a kitchen in maternity with bagel, sandwiches tea juice etc for mom. All this is good. I like some of the dr and nurses. There were also horrible doctors and nurses.

Like when i went in for monitoring a week late the dr came to give me an internal. I had never met him before. Before introducing himself he stuck his hand up my vagina and asked if we had had sex recently (dh and I) because I was very wet up there....okkkkkk helllooooo...I am 41 w pregnant..might check the amniotic fluid first eh?

ANd the nurse who called cas after I didn't want to bond with my baby because she wanted me to co sleep with her after the dr said she needed to go to the nursery to watch for depressed breathing since they gave me narcotics against my permission 1/2 hour before she was born...And there were dumb policies too...like the courses you must take before leaving with your baby, and the nurse watching you bathe him/her and most of all...the extreme power they have over you while you are there, that can even prevent you from leaving. Weirdly..I wanted to take advantage of the entire 60 hours you could stay after a vag birth...until I was told I couldn't leave...then I didn't like it so very much.

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They made you sleep? How odd.
They couldn't really make me, but during the day they were in and out so often that it made it impossible. Not like they drugged me or anything.
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Our stay at the hospital was so nice, there were 2 beds in the room, one for dh and one for me, a dining table, bathroom, showers, tv etc.. we were there 6 days. The staff was so nice. No compaints here. It was also cool because every time a baby was born they would play a nursery lullabye over the speakers, that thing played at least every hour

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The hospital I gave birth in was miserable. Dirty, ugly, hot, cramped and unpleasant all around. I shared an absurdly small recovery room and a filthy bathroom with an obnoxious woman. My side of the curtain was smaller than my bedroom closet. The "sleeper sofa" for my husband (which the hospital made a big deal of playing up during my preregistration) was a full foot too short for him. He's 6'2". The entire staff, with the exception of the cafeteria staff, was incredibly incompetent. I got no sleep at all and was a zombie for the first few days home.

Whenever I see a woman on TV giving birth in some pleasant suite, or hear about a family spending the night together in a queen sized bed I actually get a knot in my stomach. I'm hoping that if I have another child I can either have a homebirth or choose a decent hospital. Honestly my hospital experience was so awful it has made me reluctant to even consider having another child.
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I had the private suite, double bed...daybed for guests, tv cabinet, food menu... I still hated it. Hospitals do what hospitals do. I got no sleep. None. I was there for 5 days WITHOUT sleep. The nurses were constantly in and out of my room, doing who knows what. Taking my temp...blood pressure, "requesting" that I take my baby for a hearing test at 3am. Then they complained because I wasn't sleeping, told me I could not be released until I slept and tried to make me take sleeping pills. Good grief!
The air conditioning was broke...broke, meaning, stayed on constantly and froze the living lilies out of us. They had no other rooms so they actually told us to sleep with the baby between us. I found that part very cool and funny. I bet they don't give that advice too often. Not to mention they asked me over and over again about circing and they harassed me about a rubella vax they wanted me to get before I "checked out". When I asked about the side effects, the nurse told me flu symptoms etc. I said, "no way are you sending me home with my first new baby with flu symptoms". She was so angry she shot the vax down the sink and said, "your insurance may not pay for that!" and stormed out of the room. My dh and I were called "you people" by a nurse because we didn't want to give our baby formula for the jaundice he had and we asked for a second opinion because the hospital ped was openly bashing other patients babies. She actually said that she could see the baby down the hall "would never make it to college".
I won't even start on the actual birth. {{{shudder}}} I'll stay home, thanks.

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I wonder if the way a birthing room is situated/decorated is an indication of how the hospital views the birthing process. Obviously there's a money issue involved as well, as even the best County hospital probably doesn't have resources to outfit a swanky resort-style birthing wing, but I'm just wondering if there could be a connection. So many of the hospital experiences I'm reading here seem to have taken place in a standard, crappy hospital bed, or a surgical unit (?!).
I also think staff FEEL better in a place where money is involved. They take pride in working there and in turn, I think that affects the care mamas get. It can completely affect your attitudes while at work if you're in a nice place!

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Overall, I had a very good experience in the hospital. I arrived ready to push and dd was born about 30 min after we walked in the door, with a family practitioner who is very pro-NCB and BF. Everything about the birth was fine in terms of low intervention.

Also, when dd was born, she was breathing a little funny. When I held her, she breathed much better. Instead of saying she needed to go to the nursery, our nurse was paying attention to all this and said we should keep her but to notify her if the baby's breathing changed. Dd also developed slight jaundice in the hospital, and the nurses, LC, and our doctor all did everything they could to encourage breastfeeding and keep dd out of the nursery (which is how it worked out).

I found the stay very restful. The only bad part was that on the second night we had a lousy nurse and asked for someone else. It was not a big deal, although the stay would have been nicer without it.

The food wasn't amazing, but it was just fine. Also, the first night, we were served a steak dinner, which was actually pretty great.

I was overall very well taken care of. I really needed it. Despite the NCB, I felt horrible after the birth and I really needed to just lie there. It was so hard to get up to go to the bathroom - I was actually worried about leaving the hospital and having to walk 10 steps further to the bathroom.

All of the above are reasons why we're still considering a second hospital birth. Of course, part of the equation is that DEMs are illegal in my state.

I also had a really nice room. It was big, private, and had a second bed for dh to sleep on. There were no restrictions on when he could be there. The baby only went to the nursery twice, just to get weighed, and dh went along. Each time it took about 5-10 minutes. So there was no real separation.

The LC was also good and it was very helpful to have someone helping me get dd latched on. We had an easy time of it and that was partly due to the assistance of the LC.

All that said . . . I do not like the hospital, I don't think it's the best place for a baby to be born if mom and babe are healthy, and given the option, I would rather have a homebirth.
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Hated it. I got no rest whatsoever. There were constantly people coming in to check bp, temp and who knows what else all night long.

My roommate was a PITA. I had to hear how awful her birth was because she got there too late for an epi and pooped on the table twice over and over and over... She hogged all the cold pack pads from our shared bathroom in her drawer. Then she had about 10 visitors plus their small children in our room during visiting hours.

So glad I smartened up and stayed home for #2.
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