I've delivered in a small hospital and in a free-standing birth center. But this is a big hospital with rules and policies and triage! It's really freaking me out. It's little things like "no eating during active labor" and "no jacuzzi after your water breaks" that really bother me. I hate the idea being stuck in triage before getting a room, particularly since I have had two previous stalled labors, leaving me in a great deal of pain with little progress. Granted, I have NO DESIRE to eat at all during active labor, but it really gets my goat that my right to it is taken away. Not to mention, it's so "hospital-like." Plus, they don't even HAVE jacuzzis in all their rooms. There's only 3 total!
I wish I could just deliver at the free-standing birth center here, but my care has been transferred from there to Magee, so this really (unfortunately) is my only option. Someone please tell me Magee isn't as horrible as it sounds.
I hated that there was no mobile monitoring though. I ended up induced at 41.5 weeks due to dangerously low amniotic fluid and pre-eclampsia and once things really got going, I was strapped to the goddamn bed on oxygen and monitors since the baby's heartrate was decelerating. That part sucked.
For an uncomplicated birth though, the picture I had going in was that it would be quite different from your run of the mill non-midwife attended hospital birth.
ETA: since you are having a doula, that will help immensely in any hospital situation. It's clearly shown that they help lower rates of intervention.
Hey there. You said that your care was transfered from midwives to Magee. Was this because of complications with your pregnancy or insurance reasons? Is it the birth center on Penn that you were at? If so they have a hospital birth ooption and it is at Allegheny general and I would choose that over Magee any day. But I think it all depends on what your situation is and the reasons behind your care being moved to Magee. Hope everything works out for you. Keep us posted.
I'm planning to give hypnobabies a try, so hopefully, that will also help make me less anxious about giving birth in a large hospital. My biggest concern right now is the jacuzzi (getting one and hoping that my water doesn't break so I can still use it).
I went to magee when I was having preterm labor. I hated it and it galvanized me to never set foot in there or Washington Hospital again if I didn't have to. I was stuck in triage for over 5 hours, and basically abandoned there. It sucked. It was SOO uncomfortable being hooked up to a monitor, and just TRY to pee in bed with a bed pan, it would have been less stressful if I had gotten up to go.
Maybe when you go in to give birth, can't you just be all ornery and do what you want? Just tell them, "Hey, I WILL drink what I want, and eat what I want, and DO what I want to!" And, don't get out of the jacuzzi, heck with them, refuse to get out.
I hope that everything goes well for your birth! Did you see the red raspberry leaf tea tribe thread? It's awesome, and it works, I labored for 7 1/2 hours total, it was my first baby too.
I think if you have a birth plan, a doula, and you know to ask for the Lactation Consultant right away, a birth at Magee is nothing to be worried about. I personally don't think they deserve the "baby factory" remarks that they get.
I think the midwife center in the strip and at AGH now has an agreement with UPMC insurance... their backup OB is the head of maternal/fetal medicine at AGH... I would take them over Magee any day, even if I had to pay for some of it.
Good luck. How frustrating for you.
I'm trying to stay positive. If things don't work out the way I want them to, my doula suggested the option of going to a nearby hotel with a jacuzzi room and laboring as long as I can there.
One sleepy mama to ds #1 (5) and ds #2...my VBAC baby (2) and expecting #3 sometime in 2/2012!!
I just found out I am 7 weeks pregnant so I google reviews on UPMC midwives and read great things so I called last week to make our first appointment with them. They weren't able to see me until almost 3 weeks later but that was fine with me - I was just excited to make my first prenatal appointment ever.
Today I woke up to spotting/bleeding and was pretty concerned. I called the midwives to see if I could come in sooner for a blood test, ultrasound, something to reassure me that I wasn't having a miscarriage or low on progesterone which is easily fixable.
I work in the same building as the midwives and was at magee when I made the call to them. The medical secretary quickly got a nurse/midwife for me after I explained my situation. Apparently a nurse/midwife named Cara told me they couldn't do anything to help me because I 'wasn't a patient'. I was told to go the ER if I soak through a sanitary pad and pretty much a 'welp, good luck - you're not our problem'. I cried at work alone in a room wondering if I was miscarrying or would be soon thereafter.
An hour later I decided to call my fertility doctor whom I have a patient relationship with, also at UPMC Magee. They couldn't help me either because I had gotten pregnant without their help (we tried clomid with them for 2 months after trying for 6 months, took a break from it and then became pregnant with this baby). I cried even harder again alone in a room wondering why I couldn't get help from any of the docs/midwives/nurses that I had or have been forming relationships with.
I haven't seen my regular gyne because I had moved, changed insurances, etc. I was in no man's land today and nobody at UPMC could've cared less. Beware. They really don't care.