I just wanted to share with you all what a hugely POSITIVE experience my hospital birth was! I initially wanted a home birth, but DH was really uncomfortable with the idea. There were a few things that happened that I would have liked to have avoided, like how quickly the doc (not my OB) cut the cord, but overall, things went very well!
Anyhow, I laboured for 7 hours and most of that time was spent in a rocking chair or in the shower. I had WONDERFUL nurses who dried my feet and put slippers on them for me, helped DH massage my back, spoke quietly and TOTALLY respected my birth plan. At 4:57 there was a howling baby boy on my chest! The cord was cut, they laid a blanket over him, the doc sewed me up, and then EVERYONE left.
DH, my Mother ad I were left alone in the delivery room to admire and get to know my son after the nurses helped me get him latched on. About an hour and a half later, the nurse, who had been with me throughout the whole delivery, came in to ask if she could weigh and measure the babe and diaper him. She said that if it was too soon, she could come back later. She then helped me into the shower (while DH held babe), helped me pee
, dried me off and put me into my slippers and gown. She came back later that night (9ish?) to bathe DS, who never left my side for a moment during my 2 day hospital stay. They were SOooooooooo supportive of my breastfeeding! Never was I asked if DS was to be circumcized. No drugs, no episiotomy! When i had trouble getting DS latched, I had 2 nurses holding and massaging my boob
while showing me the proper way to 'latch him'.
I'd love to have a home birth the next time around, but I have to say that this hospital birth experience was as wonderful as a hospital birth can get!