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I am wondering if anyone here can tell me-- are there bath tubs on the regular L&D floor, or is that just in the birthing center? Also should I anticipate a fight over using the tub if I am VBAC? We don't have a tub in my apt (or room for a portable pool) and I just want to be able to labor in the water. Seriously, that is all I want!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Only in the birthing center.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
(My last 3 children were born there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Not in the birthing center, unfortunately ... wasn't eligible due to age and tetchy uterus ... but the L&D floor was not bad. Have been through worse.)
 

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Oy vey! Not what I wanted to hear. The hospital website makes it all a little misleading I think. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I suppose I would find all of it out if I would just do the tours (procrastinating!) but is VBAC considered too high risk for the birthing center? Honestly I am considering checking into a hotel with an in-room jacuzzi just so I can labor someplace nice.. but I am afraid of the mess I would leave behind. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Have a homebirth! Then you can do whatever you want. There are small tubs that fit in an apartment (inflatable) There are some great MW's here that attend vbacs. And vbac is not too high risk for the birth center they are just afraid of the liability, so women have no other choice but to have a hospital birth if they are not comfortable with homebirth. If HB is not an option check out the bellvue BC, i don't know what their policy is.
 

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I went on the tour, and if I remember right, there are very small tubs and showers in the regular L&D rooms. The birth center has the huge jacuzzis. I don't know if they risk out VBACs or not. They will risk out if you go beyond 41 weeks.
 

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There was just a shower in the room we were in, and since you don't know which room you'll get....<br><br>
Roosevelt... honestly, it wasn't my favorite experience. Example: I have three close friends who ended up birthing on the L&D floor (three of the four of us were "risked out" of the birthing center for silly reasons), and all four of us were separated from our babies after birth, from 1 1/2 hours (me, thank god) to EIGHT hours. And the reason for the 8 hour separation? They "couldn't find" a bassinet to transport the baby back from the nursery. If you have to go to a recovery room (ie, if they don't have a room ready for your after you give birth), you can't bring your baby with you. It sucks. If you're at all considering it, there are some fantastic homebirth midwives in the area.
 

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There were showers in L&D rooms, absolutely. I didn't see bathtubs with any of my births.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Yeah, it's a hospital, and there are issues as with all hospitals. Through the years I've posted to MDC about my various experiences there ... good, bad and otherwise. But in the scheme of hospitals (and having also birthed at Tisch/NYU which was a nightmare) it seems pretty good.<br><br><br>
Also my OB (yes, I used an OB) was wonderful (am no longer in Manhattan so he's no longer my OB ... the *only* reason). Which helps.
 

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I really don't know what to do at this stage.. here I am, 23 weeks w/out a provider! I just tried scheduling with an OB who does delivery in the bc, but apparently her cutoff for new patients is 23 weeks. (I decided not to continue with my previous dr. since he's at St. Vincent) It seems really doubtful they're gonna let me in the bc due to a prior c-section...<br><br>
And since I've been through two hospital births, I'm already stressing in anticipation of getting "messed with" by all of their policies & practices. I've wanted this baby for such a long time, but I'm even starting to wish I wasn't pg! Oh how I wish I were a star-eyed newb! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Hmm. so home-birth midwives... I'm gonna have to look into this at least. Although I like the idea of a nice hotel room better than being at home actually. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Although I like the idea of a nice hotel room better than being at home actually. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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i get that. that was dh's reaction to seeing the slr bc.
 

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No VBACs in the birthing center. I had my c-section there, and while they were very very good for a c-section (rooming in with baby, held her immediately, nursed in the recovery room, dh could stay with her while I was in recovery napping, etc.), I'm not going there for a VBAC. I'm doing a home birth. LICH I believe will do water labor for VBAC, but their birthing center is closed. Brooklyn Birthing Center might be another place to check out.
 

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I was at a birth there recently and there was an average tub in the room w/ shower.<br>
Homebirth is the way to go. Especially w/ your third! treat yourself.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hmm. so home-birth midwives... I'm gonna have to look into this at least. Although I like the idea of a nice hotel room better than being at home actually. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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If you do decide to go this route, PM me and I'll give you some very candid impressions of most of the NYC homebirth midwives, including the one I ended up choosing.<br><br>
Oh, and welcome to MDC!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If you do decide to go this route, PM me and I'll give you some very candid impressions of most of the NYC homebirth midwives, including the one I ended up choosing.<br></div>
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Who did you end up choosing?? You can pm me if you want.
 

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Well, looks like it's going to be neither SLR nor a homebirth.. my husband just isn't down with the idea of not being in a hospital.. and the stories of women being separated from their babies for hours has put me off of any further romanticizing about SLR! I've decided to see a midwife who delivers at St. Vincent's since we're only a few blocks away. I know it's not the most glamorous place but I'm glad these questions are finally settled so I can finally focus on getting my new baby!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="heartbeat"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hearts.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hearts">
 

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I just saw this... I ended up deciding to have the baby at home with Miriam Schwarzschild. She's a very good fit with my husband and me, and we're really happy and comfortable.
 
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