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Hi everyone! I've lived in the SF bay area for 5 years and really need some help with opinions of hospitals in the area. The only time we've been to one was when I broke some ribs, so we obviously were no where near L&D<br><br>
I'm planning a homebirth but because of a liver condition must have a back up OB(very crunchy, and I like what he stands for). He has privelages at all the hospitals in the area but I would really like some other mama's opinions on hospitals and how it was to give birth there. Even if he isn't on call he will attend my birth(have this in writing), so no worries there.<br><br>
Anyway, any reccomendations, experiences, or opinions on local hospitals would be great.
 

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i delivered at Washington Hospital in Fremont.<br><br>
Its alright, theyre pretty pro-bfing, they don't take the baby away from you for any reason whatsoever. They dont have a nursery at all, just a nicu and the healthy babies room-in with mom(on my tour, this woman seemed rather upset that they didnt have a nursery... crazy!)<br><br>
They have labor/delivery rooms and then you get switched to a recovery room... i never moved though, because we only stayed a short time after my son was born.<br><br>
Overall, i had an okay experience. I didnt like my OB though, so that definatly effected things. The nurses were hit or miss. the first one i had kept telling me how much longer i had to go and that i should get an epi while i still can! she also didnt call my OB until i was at 10cm because she "predicted" i was going to take longer than i did. the second one was very nice and then the third was only alright. oh, and they all wanted to see my son latch on and were amazed that i fed him for the first time without help... I guess they thought i didnt know what i was doing?<br><br>
Oh, they also have a in-house LC that comes to see every mom...
 

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Hey due date buddy! I didn't know you live in the Bay Area. I'm in Martinez (East Bay).<br><br>
My last birth I used St. Luke's Hospital in SF even though I live in the East Bay because they are a very progressive hospital. It was a good experience, but I actually preferred El Camino Hospital in Mountain View for the birth before that. I was thinking about giving birth at Alta Bates in Berkeley (I really want a homebirth too), but I've heard stories for and against them. They offer pain meds (by law?) every 15 minutes.<br><br>
The Bay Area is huge. What part are you in?
 

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I'm in Oakland here! Thanks for the reccomendations. We need to tell him which hospital just so he can be prepared, but both him and my MW are 98% (2% that my liver can't handle the stress, which has no permenant adverse affects but can lead to extra pain in the abdominal area and distress on my part for a short period of time) positive that I will birth at home.
 

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Wow, you're like a neighbor. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
It sounds like you have an excellent plan. I'm so sorry about your liver problem. I had a gall bladder issue my last pregnancy and had to really watch my diet and cut out fatty, rich foods. I had my gall bladder removed 3 months after giving birth. I hope your liver cooperates!<br><br>
May I ask what OB you found that is so progressive?? And also what MW you are using? You can PM me if you don't feel comfortable telling me on the board. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I gave birth to both my girls at Alta Bates in Berkeley and it was great both times. My OB's (I had different ones for each dd) were very supportive of my wishes, I found the nurses to be very helpful and supportive of my needs also. I was induced w/my second dd and they allowed me to walk around the halls and out to the outside garden area w/my IV w/no hassle.<br><br>
I did not have any one offering me pain meds on a regular basis either time. Maybe things have changed recently (my girls are 7 & 5) but that was not my experience at all. They have beautiful birthing rooms and like I said before, the staff were all very supportive, friendly and helpful.<br><br>
I hope you get to birth at home, but I think Alta Bates is a great hospital as a backup option.
 

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After my careful research, I gave birth at Alta Bates last fall and the nurses made it a nightmare. Like you, I had a providor I liked who was sure to be the one.<br>
But every moment in that place the nurses screwed things up for us, all the horror stories you hear about people's rights being violated happened to us. (oh shoot, I'm getting angry again just thinking about it)<br><br><br>
So, since you've got the providor picked, I'd pick a hospital based on 1)location 2) friendly hospital policies 3) physical things like nice beds and good food <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
PS- when you need a ped, check Dr Perlman! she's awesome especially for natural families, and she's glad to sign your baby out of the hospital ASAP- I hear she homebirthed hers.<br><br>
hospital and Dr reveiws here<br><a href="http://parents.berkeley.edu/recommend/medical/" target="_blank">http://parents.berkeley.edu/recommend/medical/</a>
 

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i birthed dd1 at alta bates. it made me want to homebirth the next time! it seemed like they thought i was a piece of equipment on an assembly line, not one shred of tuning in to my needs. i was alone in the hallway walking, then in the triage room for an hour (dh went to park the car in the garage when it was clear we wouldn't be sent home, then he had to go back for the pillows), while i went from 3-4 cm (checked on my arrival) to 10 by the time i got into my own room an hour later. at that point it became: get in the bed, get in the stirrups (meanwhile she crowned just from my contractions), push when we tell you, and i quote a nurse: "you have to participate here," when i didn't feel like pushing yet, just because they decided it was time. what was their hurry? oh, yes, it was 6:30am, if they hurried things along they could get out on time at change of shift at 7. i tried to push with no urge 2 times, then got the urge, so her head popped out the next push. if they hadn't rushed me maybe i wouldn't have needed stitching from tearing. then the OB rushed me to birth the placenta, with the threat "i don't want you to hemorrhage here." according to my midwives (looking at my records) i lost a normal amount of blood, ?400cc. there was absolutely no reason for the demands they placed on me except for <span style="text-decoration:underline;">their</span> convenience. and they gave me pitocin at some point without ever telling me (found out when i got copies of my records 3 years later). i was left feeling very disempowered, although most people told me how "easy" i had it, compared to the usual level of intervention in the US.<br><br>
to AB's credit, i had an on call Kaiser OB, who was a cold b!tch (when she came to say goodbye i said "thanks, elizabeth," since that was what i could read of her nametag: big first name font, tiny last name, and i didn't have my glasses on. she archly corrected me "<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Doctor</span> Such'n'such." this from someone with their head up my business for half as hour, and probably <30 years old, who hadn't even bothered to call me by name, much less by my last name).<br><br>
sorry for the long rant. hope you have no need to get anywhere near a hospital!
 
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