i'm all for homebirth (will have one in the next couple weeks in fact) but at the time it was not possible. if i'd had the money i'd have loved to have had a homebirth, but i feel that i got the next best experience at holyoke. just talk with one of the midwives there and you'll see what i mean!
I didn't go in until the end of my labor (9 cms when I arrived) so I don't know how it would have been if it had taken longer but I had a positive experience. They kept the lights low, no one tried to talk to me or cared what position I was in or anything like that. They let me plug in my laptop to listen to whatever I wanted.
The only negatives I have are that I left at 24 hours after the birth and I got the impression that the nurses would have much preferred if I stayed the full 48 hours. My midwife didn't care though, and I hated being interrupted every few hours. I'd imagine most hospitals are like that though?
The only other thing which is very minor is that I came after hours and they made me wait downstairs for someone to come down from the childbirth center to bring me up and the whole time I was waiting the security guard and front desk person were chatting. I wanted to yell at them! I was 9 cms and focusing hard on staying relaxed (hypnobirthing). I get angry just thinking about it, arg. They must not have realized how close I was to the pushing stage but seriously? Don't chit chat around the pregnant lady in labor even if she's quiet.
They were very helpful with breastfeeding which was great for a first timer.
Let me know if you have any specific questions!
as for CDH - i've heard ok things, but also some not great stuff. their C-section rate is higher than holyoke and greenfield. the birth center is all new and nice looking but i just didn't get a good feel when i toured it. aslo at that time they did not have the option of a water birth (maybe this has changed) but they have it at holyoke.
i can not say enough good things about holyoke- the midwives and the nurses!
I had my birth at Cooley. They were pushy with interventions, and while a few nurses were helpful, others were horrible.
It might have changed since I did it 3 years ago, but I wouldn't take a chance without some solid info.
Mama to DD1 2007, DS 2009, DD2 2012, What a Journey this parenting thing is...
-one last thing, anyone who had negitive experiences at CD, did you have a MW or an OB??
Even though I ended up having a fabulous hospital experience at my (now local, now free) hospital, I am still planning on saving and paying for a homebirth next time, even if I end up transferring again. The stress-free prenatal care alone was worth the money. STAY HOME. Your birth is not a couch you can upgrade in a few years. You only get one shot at this baby's birth, and pay for what you need.
There are so many wonderful midwifery practices in MA. I would highly recommend River Valley but know that others may be closer to you (they have an office in Amherst and I've heard are now seeing people in Northampton too).
Also, don't let the money part scare you. Lots of HB midwives have sliding scales or can work out payment plans. We had to and it all worked out fine and it was the best money I ever spent!
I also toured Holyoke and Greenfield before choosing Cooley and liked them both but I wanted to be close to home (I lived in Northampton at the time).
If you are in Barre, another option for you would be Mary Lane, in Ware. Small hospital, in fact you may be the only mom in labor while there.
There are HB midwives in the area as well, closer than you think. I know that many will work out payment arrangements with you.
But honestly look at the stats for primary c/s, epidurals and other birth interventions. Check out all your options.
Do you know if it is possible to turn down the antibiotic for strep B at Cooley Dick? I am planning to deliver through their midwifery practice in the next week or two, and am looking to avoid as much medicalization as possible.
Hi there, my doula partner just attended a birth at CD with a GBS+ mom who intended to turn down the antibiotics, but did not in the end. If you want to message or call me, I would be happy to talk about it with you. Are you delivering with the midwives or an OB practice?