Just wanted to update -- I had a fantastic
birth at Del E. Webb.
(Full birth story is here
Granted, my labor only lasted 2.5 hours start to finish, and I got to the hospital fully dilated and delivered 20 minutes after I got there, but still -- the nurses and my OB were very respectful of our birth plan, asked me or my husband before doing ANYTHING, and were great to my doula as well. (They even asked my permission before giving me pain meds AFTER delivery!) The only thing about my birth that I was disappointed with was the fact that I never got to use the nice jacuzzi tub in the birthing suite, but things just moved too fast!
My OB was Dr. Gary Newman out of Advanced Care for Women
. He was TERRIFIC. Read and reviewed my birth preferences prior to my delivery and actually remembered what it said. I had seen him during my pregnancy so it was nice to have an OB I knew delivering the baby (lucky for me I delivered on a weekday during business hours!).
I did end up getting pitocin after I delivered, but he let me try breastfeeding first and then asked me very respectfully about the pitocin, explaining that my bleeding was more than he liked to see (my OB with my oldest daughter's birth, in contrast, was all grumpy about it and complained about having to give me a shot directly since I'd refused an IV and didn't have a heplock). I had a second-degree tear but it seems to be healing beautifully. At any rate, I liked him a lot and would recommend him.
BTW, one thing that made me kind of uneasy about the clinic itself was that the NP once said at an appointment that they "wouldn't let" a patient go past 41 weeks, and I was offered elective induction at 39 weeks several times.
However, when I declined the elective induction I wasn't given any heat about it, so I suppose that's good. I think that my doctor would have been okay with me declining the 41 week induction, but as I only went to 40w3d it wasn't an issue.
Also, I had an AWESOME doula. She was actually my back-up doula, since she lives in my city and my primary doula lived further away and didn't make it to the birth. At any rate, Brealin was FANTASTIC and I cannot recommend her enough. She was 110% supportive before, during, and after Violet's birth. It would have been a lot more difficult without her. So, if you're in the Phoenix area and looking for a great doula, check her out