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I received my intended hospital's literature packet today, and imagine my surprise to find included information on creating a birth plan, the importance of giving birth in a comfortable and safe-feeling environment, a full range of birth position options, non-medicinal pain management advice, and the potential for detrimental effects from inductions, ceseareans, episiotomies, and epidurals, as well as support for breastfeeding and a note on the importance of maintaining maternal contact with the baby in the time period immediately post-birth.<br><br>
No questions here, I just wanted to share a "wow." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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Wow, that's great! I hope the nurses have the same philosophy. Somebody at that hospital has the right attitude.<br><br>
Just out of curiosity, is this a hospital that gets a lot of medicaid patients? The only hospital in my area that encourages natural birth (even provides free doulas) is the one in the city, with the most uninsured patients. They only want to anesthetize and section the ones who can pay for it.
 

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I was thinking the same about the nursing staff (or would the better word be "praying" rather than "thinking" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ).<br><br>
I *think* this hospital does serve as the community hospital (small area, there are only two options), so you might be right ... it never really occurred to me that income levels could affect attitudes towards the merits of more natural births.
 

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The hospital I was initially going to deliver at had some very similar literature.. and they were one of the "better" hospitals in our county. The problem was not with the hospital but my doctor.. they didn't "agree" with the hospitals policy on things.. basic things like allowing mom to shower while in labor and move around. I would be certain to discuss all of the things you are interested in with your doctor before getting excited about the hospitals policies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I left the practice I was with over it but found a really excellent natural doc.
 
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