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#1 of 6 Old 03-11-2005, 04:37 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So..... I'll be birthing this baby at the same hospital where I had dd. I had a good experience with that -- as good as I could considering I showed up at 34 weeks with amniotic fluid running out of me like a river. But, because of the membrane rupture and the premature delivery, I had to have monitors, stay in bed, IV antibiotics, etc. I really don't know what it's like to have a normal birth at this hospital (well, friends have told me but I don't know first hand).

So, I brought this up with my doc (yes, I'd LOVE to use the one free-standing birth center in town but it's not covered by my insurance and dh isn't ready for that -- maybe with #3 if #2 stays in to term). She said they don't do routine IV's, episiotomies (which I figured since they didn't even bring it up when I had dd - no thank you), you can move around all you want, use the tub, whatever. I didn't ask specifically about positions for pushing but I got a good vibe in general.

Then, I just checked out the website for the hospital birth center to find out what time they do the tours (so I can go and hammer the nurses with questions since the doc is really there for about 10 minutes) and I see that they have an on-line birth plan form. I was afraid they wouldn't even pay attention to plans (having heard horror stories about hospitals and not having had one the first time around). The issues they list in the plan are all things I am concerned about and I now have a nice feeling about this.

Now, if only I can keep this baby in long enough and keep my bag of waters in tact!

Just had to share that I feel lucky to have a progressive hospital when so many are still in the dark ages.
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I am glad to hear you are feeling good about your hospital! It totally helps when you can be in a place that makes you feel safe.
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That's great! My hospital actually mentioned birth plans on the tour, too. They must be becoming much more common. Do most people go to the hospital with a birth plan these days?

I am going out of network to go to a more baby-friendly hospital. Hard decision, but I think it will be worth it. The one that is covered 100% is definitely behind the times, especially for mother-baby separation. I know I'm the boss when I get there, but it is so worth it not to have to fight and argue about these things.
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Do most people go to the hospital with a birth plan these days?

I am going out of network to go to a more baby-friendly hospital. Hard decision, but I think it will be worth it. The one that is covered 100% is definitely behind the times, especially for mother-baby separation.
I think more people are bringing birth plans with them. I just wasn't sure how seriously they are taken by the hospital staff.

Wow - I'm lucky that the two hospitals here in town that have birth centers (the univ teaching hospital does not do maternity) are both pretty progressive. I wouldn't want to have to make a decision like yours. But, it sounds like you've made the right choice.
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Hey, I just wanted to give you some good full term vibes. My first was born at 34 weeks due to my water breaking for unknown reasons. Anyhow, I just gave birth to my second baby, one day shy of 39 weeks.

You can have a full term birth after a premature birth! You can do it!

Also, good luck with you're hospital birth.

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Hey, I just wanted to give you some good full term vibes. My first was born at 34 weeks due to my water breaking for unknown reasons. Anyhow, I just gave birth to my second baby, one day shy of 39 weeks.

You can have a full term birth after a premature birth! You can do it!

Also, good luck with you're hospital birth.

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Thanks for the encouraging words! Although I am prepared for another pre-term (just in case), I am sending this baby lots of "stay in to term" vibes. Heck, I'd even take 35 or 36 weeks. My SIL had a 35 weeker for her first baby and a 38 weeker for her second. The bummer was that her water broke first both times.

Thanks again!
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