Hey dear! I delivered at Kaiser Sunset last July. To be honest, it was a bit of a hellish experience, but if you're proactive, it should go okay. My biggest recommendation is to ask for a midwife the second they get you into a laboring room. The midwife we had was amazing and I don't know what I'd have done if I had to put up with more of their rude residents. I also had an amazing doula which helped me with crowd control. Due to the nature of how Kaiser works, you can get stuck with a really cruddy doc or a really awesome one. It's just luck of the draw. We had issues because I never got past 5cm and started running a fever. Most of our hellish experience came from my son being forced to be in the NICU for 48 hours to make sure my fever wasn't an infection in the womb (was just a laboring fever due to trying to give birth to an 11 pounder!). Just stay on top of them because they are not the best communicators and know what you want and don't be afraid to ask for it.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
Thanks for the feedback. I'm pretty good at making my requests known, but thanks for the reminder about staying proactive!<br><br>
How does the midwife/dr think work? Are you delivering in the same place either way? I've not yet discussed these issues with my doctor, and I have no idea how does things!<br><br>
An 11 pounder? Whew! I have to say that's impressive! My DS was just over 7 lbs, I can't imagine another 4lbs of baby!
Yeah, we were pretty good about it too, so until complications happened, we pretty much were getting the birth we wanted. It's always just good to know! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We ran across some pretty big bullies there.<br><br>
Same room. When the midwife came on shift, I just insisted that she be in charge of my birth (which was also on my birth plan). So, they stopped have the residents visit me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I was so thankful that my doctor had told me that midwives were an option.
i had a wonderful experience at kaiser sunset. everyone we encountered was amazing (and i was in labor there for 28 hours). despite my long labor, failure to progress and various complications throughout, every doctor i saw was very supportive of my desire to deliver naturally. i never felt pressured to do something i didn't want to do.<br><br>
i was aware of the availability of midwives during delivery and so i saw one throughout my pregnancy. however, the midwives only work at the hospital monday through thursday. i went in on a saturday and had our dd on sunday, so no midwife for me (luckily, we had some amazing nurses and doctors). perhaps that policy has changed (i had dd three years ago). i know some kaisers have midwives available every day of the week.<br><br>
good luck to you. hope you have a great experience.