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Can anyone give me some feedback about your experience giving birth at St. David's Hospital in Georgetown?<br><br>
I'm hoping for a homebirth with a midwife. But in case the finances don't work out I'm trying to find a hospital that's more natural-birth-friendly (i.e., supportive of various birth positions, breastfeeding, cosleeping) than others. What are the nurses like? Were the nurses/your ob respectful of your birth plan? Are kids allowed to participate during the labor/delivery?<br><br>
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I had my second baby at Georgetown Hospital(I am assuming this is the one you're talking about). I had a wonderful family practice doctor who is no longer in Austin anymore. We had an ok hospital experience. They were receptive to our birth plan. Our first labor nurse wasn't very good, but she was going off duty soon after we got there. Lisa was our main labor nurse and she was WONDERFUL. Totally supportive of us having a natural birth and gave good suggestions, etc.<br><br>
The first day I was there was fine. Its a small hospital and you stay in the same room the whole time, which is kind of nice. The food is terrible, so definitely take snacks and things and have your dh go get you takeout.<br><br>
We did full rooming in and I made them do all the tests/etc in the room. I did feel like I had to be a bit pushy about that and it got kind of annoying to be made to feel I was causing them extra trouble. They did want to take dd to the nursery to weigh her, etc. a couple times, so I just followed along and watched through the window to make sure they didn't keep her too long.<br><br>
If the baby needs any lab work done (like bilirubin test for jaundice), insist they do it in the room b/c the one time I let them take dd to the nursery to have it done, they had kept her there almost an hour and the lab hadn't shown up yet! I was furious and didn't let them take her to the nursery at all anymore after that.<br><br>
There is a lactation consultant who was nice and helpful, but the nurses weren't very helpful with breastfeeding (it was my 2nd, so I was doing ok anyway).<br><br>
We got stuck there for 48 hours b/c my dd had early jaundice, but I did enjoy my first 24 hours there. The postpartum nurses seemed to get worse and worse.<br><br>
Overall, it was a good hospital experience, but we are planning a homebirth with our 3rd! If you have any specific questions, ask away. As far as I know, there are no midwives there and my doc who I loved is no longer in TX, or I'd recommend her.
 

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Anamarsy, how quickly did they whisk the baby from you right after birth? Or were they willing to let you bond with the baby for awhile before they cleaned/weighed/checked the baby? Did your baby get phototherapy for the jaundice? If so, did you b-feed exclusively or did you have to supplement with formula? Both my kids had jaundice and went under the bili-lights for a few days. The supplementation completely messed up the b-feeding. I dread going through this again so I'd like to be prepared.<br><br>
Do you know of any other naturally-inclined family doctors, OBs, or pediatricians in the area? Also, who was the lactation consultation you saw at Georgetown Hospt?<br><br>
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I wasn't at Georgetown Hospital, but I was at North Austin Medical Center, which is also part of St. David's, with my DS who was born 7 weeks ago and I thought they were very good.<br><br>
I ended up with a c/s, but I'll answer your questions for NAMC in case you're interested. From what I've heard, NAMC is supposed to be one of the most NCB/BF friendly hospitals in Austin. For my experience, it was. I ended up with a scheduled c/s - my DD was breech and when I hit 42 weeks and still hadn't gone into labor, we scheduled a c/s - so I can't comment on the NCB part. But, with my c/s, DS was in the OR with me for maybe 10 minutes and then they took him to the nursery. DH went with him. When I got to recovery (maybe 20 minutes later), they called the nursery and they came to recovery. He roomed in with me from that point on.<br><br>
They took him to the nursery for weigh-ins and such and DH went with him. They were gone less than 20 minutes each time. Other than that, he never left my side. When the nurses came in at night, more than one commented (positively) on the fact that he was co-sleeping - one said, "Now that's where I like to see a baby when I come in a room!"<br><br>
They were very bf friendly - didn't offer or push formula at all. I asked to see and LC while I was there and she was awesome. I wish I could remember her name. She reassured me that everything was going great and then said she hoped we weren't planning to circ (we weren't) because she'd seen many bfing relationships go downhill right after a circ.<br><br>
The nurses were very respectful of what we wanted/didn't want done and always asked our permission before doing anything. We were asked once if we were planning to circ and when we said no, it was no big deal. They asked before touching him or me and explained exactly what they were going to do. Oh, and they didn't bat an eye or give us any problem over refusing the Hep B shot either.<br><br>
I think the children thing has more to do with the OB's prefs - they have signs in the hospital that say you're welcome to have whoever you want and your OB approves of in the room when you give birth.<br><br>
FWIW, Dr. Margaret Thompson was my OB and she was very NCB friendly. I was planning a VBAC and she was open to what I wanted to do, even with being a VBAC. When I ended up with the repeat c/s, she told me more than once how very sad she was that I wasn't getting the birth experience I'd wanted and how she'd do everything she could to make it a better experience than my first c/s and she did.<br><br>
It's my understanding if you have a NCB at NAMC that you can keep the baby for a while before they weigh them, etc. And it's standard for them to room-in with you. That was our plan.<br><br>
The *BEST* thing about NAMC is their food service. OMG it's amazing. They give you this 4 page menu and whenever you're hungry you just call room service, order whatever you want, and they bring it to you within 45 minutes. It was so nice to be able to eat when *I* wanted to instead of when the hospital decided I was hungry - and you can order however much you feel like...if you're starving, you can order a whole bunch (one morning I got cereal and french toast cause I couldn't decide which I wanted) and there's no extra charge and if you're not really hungry, you can order just order a muffin (which I did too). If your DH wants to eat, it's $7 and they'll deliver a salad, entree, dinner roll, 2 sides, drink, and dessert to your room for him too. After seeing how truly good the food was I kept getting, he stopped going out to get food and just ordered it when I got mine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The absolute best advice I can give you is to stay away from Seton Northwest. I had my DD there and they were SOOOOOOOO anti-bf friendly it wasn't even funny! Right after DD was born, they brought in a case of Enfamil. When I told them I was bfing, they insisted on leaving it there "just incase" and refused to take it out of the room. When we took it back to the nurses station, the next nurse brought us *another* case when she saw that we didn't have one already. GRRRRR. They also insisted on supplementing DD becuase she had jaundice issues (DS didn't). Oh, and I got *yelled at* by a nurse for co-sleeping the first night there and she threatened to take the baby to the nursery if DD was on me when she came back (we still co-slept...I told the nurse to just try taking her away!). And their LC's at SNW are nurses who they call LCs with no additional training - or they were in 2004 when I had DD.<br><br>
If you have any more questions, feel free to PM me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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