We delivered at Roosevelt. Unfortunately, not in the birthing center because my OB/Gyn, who I loved, wasn't associated with it. If I get pregnant again, though, we're definitely planning on going there!
My only complaint was that the nurses there could've been more helpful with breastfeeding. The problem was that my daughter was screaming for HOURS during the middle of the night and instead of trying to help me calm her down by improving my swaddling technique, etc they just told me that she was hungry. And kept pushing formula on me. I finally broke down and she got .5 oz and I cried the entire time while she was drinking it. Fortunately, after that we didn't have any problems with BFing, but I still get upset when I think about it!
Besides that my birthing experience was great (although I think that depends a lot more on your doctor/midwife than anything else). Triage was HORRIBLE there but if you're going the birthing center route you'll get to avoid it (another reason we're planning on doing that next time around).
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Greetings. I am due in Janueary with my second child and would like to have him in the birthing center. I had my first son sompelace else. My birth plan is as noninterventional as possible, however with my son I needed to be induced because I was two weeks late. With the induction I received pitosin and a cervical catheter to help to manually dilalte me. Whilst I have not "gone into labor spontaneously" I'm curious about procedure at the birthing center. I was told that you need to be at least 4cm in ordered to be admitted. No problem there. Is pitocin offered? I had no epidural with my son and labor proceded quite quickly but I believe that was with the aid of pitosin and the catheter. How was your overall experience with the birthing center? Would you recommend it? How long after your birth were you discharged? I'm all about the early discharge. How was the overall cleanliness factor at the center? I work in a hospital and am a bit of germophobe, hence the eagerness for early discharge. And comments you have will surely be helpful. Thank you for your time.
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