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I have attended two births at baptist hospital neither mother was going natural. They are a very friendly hospital and were really nice. I was there as a midwife attendant studant and they were cool about that even knowing I supported homebirth. I am betting that they would allow you to room in if you wanted to. They seemed pretty open-the birthing rooms were really nice and large. Baptist has a reputation for being one of the best to give birth at. I would contact the labor and delivery floor and just ask-or maybe an OB who delivers at baptist.<br><br>
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I live in the Nashville area and had my first baby there. I have also attended births there as a doula. I wouldn't call it friendly to natural birth, but I wouldn't really call any Nashville area hospitals terribly friendly to nat. birth. My first was a completly natural birth. It was only 6 hours. I had the only (non-high risk) OB that I trust in the city. Nicole Schlechter, MD. Her group is all pretty decent, but she is the best out of that group.<br><br>
My labor was great. I did have a heplock, to which they put fluids and pitocin in me AFTER my labor. I labored in the shower and was able to move around and even deliver on my side. This is however after a VERY detailed birth plan. I made sure that the nurses had read it as soon as I got there. I had intermittent monitoring but if you have ANY intereventions, that goes out the door. They will follow protocol unless you demand otherwise and work it out with your care provider before hand. Supposedly they have birth balls, but can never find them. They have tubs but you can't use them if your water is broken but can supposedly use them for recovery.<br><br>
They are relatively doula friendly. Pretty standard care.<br><br>
As far as breastfeeding, they have LCs on staff. They have a lactation office and will see you back if having problems and answer calls. They have bras and pumps for sale, but not rent. They will do a regular separation after the initial bonding and bf session, unless you refuse and will take the baby one to 2 hours each morning unless your Ped agrees to come to your room for rounds. They like to give habermans, nipple shields, check blood sugar and give sugar water and/or formula. Standard care, again. No better or worse than most places.<br><br>
Anyway, that is my take on it. I can be pretty cynical after what I have seen, but I must say, my experience was good , 5 years ago.<br><br>
blessings,<br>
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The birth stories that I've heard from Baptist have not been good ones. One mama who used to post here but I haven't seen in a while said she asked for a vegetarian meal and they brought her wilted lettace and jello.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I had my 1st child there, although I did not go natural, the staff was very friendly and they had wonderful accommodations, such as the whirl pool baths and great lactation consult. who were on call 24 hours a day. It was a wonderful experience for my family.
 

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I had my 1st child there, although I did not go natural, the staff was very friendly and they had wonderful accommodations, such as the whirl pool baths and great lactation consult. who were on call 24 hours a day. It was a wonderful experience for my family.
 
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