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I am preparing myself for the possibility of not having the homebirth I was planning due to potentially being labeled high-risk soon. Nothing definite yet, but I am curious what my options are for a hospital birth in the area.<br><br>
I'm looking for a hospital that allows rooming-in (preferably no newborn nursery), limited EFM, optional IV, possible waterbirth, and freedom to move during labor (ie not stuck in bed). Also any hospital with a relaxed policy on "routine procedures" and/or who truly honors birth plans.<br><br>
Has anyone had any luck with a hospital in or around Houston (Katy, Clear Lake, Woodlands, etc.) that will allow all these things? Or even some of these things? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Thanks!
 

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I'm sorry, I probably won't be much help but I delivered at Memorial Hermann Woodlands and we roomed-in. I planned to deliver at Nativiti but unfortunately it didn't work out that way. Anyway, we roomed-in and it's the hospital the birthing center was comfortable with. Maybe you can call Nativiti and see if they can make a recommendation...HTH
 

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I would recommend that you stay far far away from St. Lukes in the Woodlands. I have heard good things about Memorial Herman though. Good luck!!....I would also check with Nativity too. Hopefully you aren't too high risk...they would be a great option for you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I'm planning on a homebirth for this baby, but I delivered my first at Memorial Hermann Woodlands. They were fairly low intervention, but like any hospital, you have to make your wishes well known. A lot will have to do with the attending Dr.<br><br>
My son never left my room and they didn't bother me too much while laboring, I believe they have tubs, but don't know if they are for labor or they would use them for water-birth.<br><br>
You could go for a tour and hopefully get more answers.
 

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Another midwife might be willing to take you depending on who your midwife is now and why she risked you out.<br><br>
MamaVerdi<br>
who thinks the birth climate in Houston is just plain weird...
 

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From my research it seems everything in Houston is pretty nasty. I wouldn't head to a hospital for birth unless it was an emergency and there was no other choice (either I HAD to have a section or baby would be VERY early) Depending on why you think you'll be "high risk" I'd second finding a midwife who will take you. If you'd like, PM me, I know a midwife who is more likely to take women others have turned down. She truely believes that women should be able to have the births they want. She had all her babies at home unassisted WAY before it was heard of...<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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i delivered at st. lukes in the med center( steer clear of the one in the woodlands!!!!!!!!)<br>
with the midwife group there.<br>
ben was born at 11pm friday night we were on our way home by 5pm saturday. of course i requested an early discharge.. and most of the time was taken up by paperwork... but i was thrilled to be able to leave that fast.<br><br>
ETA: i had no interventions. none were offered. i liked that i had one nurse that saw me through my birth....not a bunch of different nurses. and my midwife rarely left my side. the only time we had any problem was when i wanted to hold off on pushing to let the baby make his descent passivly.... but once i said. no i wasn't going to push just yet.. they were cool with it. i held off pushing for about an hour... and bens head was born with one push.. and my second push the rest of him came out. i couldn't have asked for a better experience. plus they ahve birthing balls there.. so you don't have to lug your own.<br><br>
stay away from methodist! i was warned! and i have heard that womens is not so great either....<br>
when we had genetic testing at womens.. the doc there was pregnant and she sad hwo sad she was that she coudln't deliver at lukes... but since she worked for womens, that where she had to deliver.
 

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i am the opposite. i birthed at both hospitals and HATED memorial. i loved st lukes though.
 

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I had both of my kids at Methodist Hospital in the med center. I had good experiences both times. I liked that labor, delivery, recovery, and your stay was all in the same room. Plus, they did most of the baby workup in my room too. Only thing that bothered me about my son's birth, was since I also had preeclampsia, I had to be put on mag sulfate following his birth (which I agree was necessary), but the nurse had my son have formula before I could nurse him because of the drugs. I know better now, so I wish I could have been the first one to feed him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> At least she let his daddy hold him and give him that bottle (which he promptly spit up afterwards anyway and he NEVER did that on my milk).
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">ing: - I have friends who are interested in hospital birth in Houston, and (heaven forbid) I may have to someday birth in a hospital - not trying to offend anyone - I just really preferred being at home (I'm VERY private).
 
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