Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: southern california
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Sorry - long post - rambly mind, middle of the night and NEED feedback!
OK. Here's the deal. WIth my first, we used a Kaiser birth center that is about 15 minutes away. IT suited our needs quite well - although I would have been more comfy in a non-hospital BC, it was close, I loved my MW and DH is particularly nervous without more medical staff nearby. THis BC is basically another wing of the hospital.. that is staffed almost solely by MWs big rooms, showers, (no tibs, though) . Good birth, overall a happy experience.
Was fine doing it again with THIS birth. Same MW (and backup MWs that I know) , same place, etc - which is particularly important because new surroundings stress my out quite a bit and the ONE thing about my labor that I NEED to change is my ability to relax (I'm doing hypbirth this time as well as the Bradley stuff)
ANd now I find out - due to budget cuts - the BC is only open from 8am-8pm.. otherwise you end up in the regular maternity ward (and YUP, they WILL move you if you are still there after 8pm) ZOIKS! ANd the maternity ward has these dinky rooms and no showers and there are NO MWs there at night.
My other option is to get a NEW MW at another Kaiser hospital 30 miles away - and that 30 miles is significant - I live in Southern California... and it's possible that the 30 miles is a 90 minute drive during rush hour.
WHat the heck do I do?
Old Center? comfort is important!
New center - MWs are important
try out the new center and decide when I go into labor? If at night go to the new center, otherwise, the old one