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Hi everyone!<br><br>
I am only a few weeks along, but am getting nervous about finding a good hospital to deliver at. Does anyone here have any experience with United Hospital in St Paul? Most of the posts here seem to be praising St. Joseph's Hospital, but I don't believe my insurance (United HealthCare) will cover a birth there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Also, any suggestions on determining which hospital to deliever at? Do most women visit the hospitals before choosing a clinic to visit for prenatal care?<br><br>
I'm clueless!<br>
Thanks!
 

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I don't have experience with neither hospital, only with Fairview Riverside. I only chose them because I worked and went to school close by. Bad decision, but I thought I was only going there (the midwife group) to get my tests done for a homebirth. Then I just ended up staying with them after deciding a homebirth wouldn't work out.<br>
Always take a look at the hospital first, then visit with the midwives. The palce where you choose to birth is VERY important to how satisfied you will feel afterwards, as are the people you choose to pay for prenatal and birth services.<br>
Sometimes however it may be difficult to get all the info you need just by visiting. The Childbirth Collective in Edina and St Paul have monthly meetings for doulas and prospective parents, and whether you're looking for a doula or not, this would be a great place to talk to doulas about their experiences at the various hospitals in the metro area.
 

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Thanks for the feedback - what didn't you like about Fairview Riverside? I hadn't really considered home birth, but maybe I will have to look into this further too. THanks!
 

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United does not have midwifes. Only OB's and a VERY HIGH intervention rate and c-section rate. As a doula, I do not attend "birth" there, as it is so awful to see what these women are up against. (You don't often find mothers that want natural birth going to United) The families that I do attend have all switched when they asked some really good questions and got some really lame answers by the care providers.<br><br>
I would pick Fairview Riverside <b>NOT SOUTHDALE</b> over United in a second. Although I have seen some things at Riverside, it is way better then United. And you can always explore the option of staying at home!!
 

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I have to say that I have come to the conclusion that it is a shame that a CNM in a hospital can use the term midwife. I had my first birth at HCMC's midwife unit. While I was happy with my overall experience and would not be afraid to go back, I ended up with a cascade of interventions, which luckily stopped short of a C-section.<br><br>
I would never tell anyone they *SHOULD* have a homebirth - it is a personal decision. But I would recommend you look into it and see if it seems right for you and yours.<br><br>
I have a homebirth planned for January. The difference between the CNMs I had the first time and these midwives I have now is like the difference between night and day. I am so glad I found them.<br><br>
Best Wishes!<br>
Tracy
 

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Tracy,<br><br>
I completely agree with you, and I am so happy that you love your midwifes!!
 

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Fairview Riverside is VERY uncomfortable, no birthing tubs allowed, uncomfortable rooms etc. Most of the nurses that "cared" for me were not competent or caring (messing up with my IV--bleeding all over the place, not fun when in back labor, and guilt tripping me for various reasons).<br>
My midwife was not good either, but then you can choose a different team.<br><br>
Of course, if you were to choose between United and Riverside, it's a different story, but why settle for either when there are better options out there. Hopefully your insurance covers more than these two hospitals.<br><br>
If you would feel comfortable in your home giving birth, do check it out. Some midwives will work with you with payments.
 

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I would try to make sure if you do birth in a hospital that you get a doula - one that can totally advocate for you, right Sarah? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I think that would have made a positive difference in my hospital birth at HCMC.<br><br>
~Tracy
 

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I am planning a birth at United next month. My first birth in this state. I have a family practicioner through Allina Clinic in Eagan who is my dr. She was trained by midwives, and has the reputation of only missing about 5 of her patients births. (her children are grown). Even the nurse who did the first ob appt to fill out paper work said this. When I went over my birth plan with her, I was really put at ease. I am hoping that the dr is more important than the hospital.<br><br>
For me it was a choice between United and Fairview Ridges because of a history of fast labors I did not want to go any further. Other mothers I talked to in the area (south metro) said not to go to Ridges.
 
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