Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Hotter than Hades, FL
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I delivered at CSMC. I really wanted a home birth, but after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes...I felt safest going the hospital route.
My midwife and my doula attended the birth (HUGE kudos to my doula, Lorie McCoy of Amazing Births in Boca) and they both were very in tune with my wants/needs for delivery. But the hospital did as well as a hospital could do, I imagine.
I could drink if I wanted, and I hear that's a no-no in most hospitals locally. I had no IV's, no constant monitoring (a 15 minute strip at admission, and a quick check every half hour, I believe), no baby-warmer, no eyedrops, no bath, no nursery...nothing! My only gripes consist of these: they wouldn't let me keep my placenta, and my room (I only stayed one night) was so small I could barely get out of bed (squished between baby bassinet that I didn't use and other equipment/furniture).
I had to be firm with them regarding no pacifiers, but we posted a little sign about our DD being breastfed ONLY, and she received no paci and no bottle.
I think with CSMC, you can have the birth you want, as long as your doctor/midwife/doula is familiar and accepting of your desires.
Best wishes for an enjoyable birthing! I loved mine and can't wait to do it again!