Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: super-crunchy-town, VA
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I live in a Kansas-side suburb of Kansas City. I would say that natural childbirth is pretty uncommon here (I've heard epidural rates are at about 95%), but I think the hospitals in the area are great. The hospital I delivered at last time and will be at again was wonderful: rooming in was expected, every nurse who entered the room ask how breastfeeding was going and offered to help me, the LC stopped by twice in the 30 hours I was there after birth and called my house several times over the next two weeks to see how it was going for me, I didn't have to have an IV or shave or enema, no one at the delivery had to wear scrubs (DH and my sister were barefoot!), I was allowed to walk around and labor however and whereever I wanted, because of some breathing problems DS was taken to NICU for observation - but I was able to hold him first and DH was with him the whole time, no one offered me meds during labor, and fetal monitoring was done intermittently (until they found meconium when my water broke - then the monitoring was constant but of course external), and every nurse who entered my room during my whole stay made a point of telling me that she read my birth plan. The L&D room was also lovely, with wood floors, panels that the equipment hid behind, dim lights, and a big window with lovely curtains.
Mama to DS (05/04) and DD (11/05), married to a wonderful DH.