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#1 of 10 Old 10-04-2010, 04:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Since I remember so little of DS birth and both dh and my mom hate talking about it, I'm considering getting the birth records from the hospital or dr's office. I had a few questions for anyone whose done this.

*How do you go about getting these records?
*Are they the same from the hospital and the ob's office?
*Are they readable/understandable to lay person?

And finally, the big one...

*has anyone regretted getting these records? My biggest fear is that they will show that this was all my fault.

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I called the hospital I delivered at to get my records, they sent me a release form, I sent it back... I also had to pay to get my records. They were a little difficult to read (just handwriting wise), but for the most part I could gather the information.

I don't regret getting my records, I didn't know what position she was in (ROT) until I got my records, I didn't know that I'd been given other medications during my c-section (pitocin), etc..


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THe hospital and the OB's office may have some different stuff, so I'd request them both.

They're your records. You call and ask - they may ask you to fill out a form, or pay a fee for copying, but they are legally required to give them to you.

I found the records from DS's birth rough reading (I had no idea how much I tore), but they didn't make me feel like anything was my fault. They were very dry and factual.
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I just got my medical records in the mail two days ago (nearly 2 years after my DD's birth). I downloaded a form off the hospital's website, filled it out and mailed it in, and about 10 days later, the documents arrived.

It is about 75 pages long, but much of the information is repeated on multiple pages. It includes some of the prenatal stuff from my OBs office as well as the hospital records. Some things are handwritten & hard to read, and some things I don't understand as a layperson, but I'm sure I can get info on-line when I'm ready.

I'm glad I got my records, and I'm glad I waited almost 2 years. The description of the c-section is quite detailed and though the language is very clinical, it's pretty graphic. I wouldn't have been ready to get through it until now. It's actually been surprising to me to see what I respond to in the records. Like I've been really releived to see the name of the resident who was on duty for the last 12 hours of my experience, because I couldn't remember her name and it was bothering me that all these strangers were with me during the birth. Somehow it makes it easier knowing that I have her name.

I also had the fear that my records would show that everything was all my fault. That doesn't mean that I wanted to find out it was all the hospital's fault. The records actually confirm for me that it was no one's fault...just one of those weird things.

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I called the hospital and they sent me a release form, I filled it out then got the records and a bill for $60 in the mail about a month later. I waited 3 years to get them, and I'm so glad I did.

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*How do you go about getting these records?
*Are they the same from the hospital and the ob's office?
*Are they readable/understandable to lay person?
*has anyone regretted getting these records?
I called the hospital, they faxed over a release form and I returned it via mail. The records were supposed to be released within a certain number of days of them receiving my request (I believe 60 days). It took much longer, many calls from me, and a resubmission of the release form because they said they never rec'd it. I requested records from the hospital, NICU, affiliated Children’s hospital that staffed the NICU, OBGYN’s office, all tests and all labs for both children. They charged per page and it was several hundred dollars.

Much of it was not legible and parts of the records were blacked out with a marker. (I had to let them know if I was getting the records for myself, another doctor or an attorney. It was for myself. I wonder if the areas would not have been blacked out if the records were for a doctor or an attorney.)

I didn't regret getting them. It angered, but didn’t surprise me that they lied to me about the severity of my son's brain injury. The records were useful for my son's neurologists. I wish I would have requested them sooner as they w/h helped my memory when speaking with specialists. I thought I would remember every detail of the NICU stays but so much was a blur - the time was stressful and conditions changed so often.
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well... I talked to my ob, and they will give me the records for 25 dollars for the first 25 pages, and then a dollar a page after that. Why are they so expensive? I'm going to talk to my ob and see if they'll wave the fee-- I'm still at the same practice.

I'm calling the hospital today.

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Get a good medical dictionary to help understand the jargon. Taber's is good.
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I'm 8 months postpartum and got my records almost a month ago. I could barely get out of the office before I ripped into them to read.
I needed to know that it wasn't my fault that I had a cesarean birth. It wasn't my fault at all. It was good to see it in writing. It gave me a tiny speck of peace--then it just angered me since I believe I had an unnecessary surgical birth.

Anways, I don't regret getting them. I got about half of them & it was just under $200. I got the surgical report, the doc & nurses notes & postpartum stuff. The best $ I have spent in a long time.

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Wow, I did not realize they were so expensive I want to get dd2's records, not for piece of mind, but b/c she was my vbac & I want to read what they were typing while I was screaming! I read the notes from dd1's birth & I'm so curious about this one! Thanks for the info, I was also wondering how to get them.

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