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We're working on moving up to Oregon (exact location tbd), and I just found out that I'm pregnant. What a shock! We don't know whether to speed up our timeline and do the move before the baby arrives, or whether to figure out how to fit the 3 kids and us into one giant bed in our 650 sq ft house!

Due to a rare medical condition I've developed, I'll almost certainly have to have baby #3 in a hospital (though hopefully I'll still be able to have a midwife). Does anyone have good/bad experiences with the hospitals in the Eugene or Salem areas? Any info would be appreciated.

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We live in Salem however due to our daughter having special needs I delivered her in Portland, an hour north. My cousin delivered her baby at Salem hospital and was very pleased. A friend of the family also had a pleasant experience at Salem. We moved here when I was two months pregnant last summer. I don't know anything about Eugene.
 

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Unfortunately, due to crappy insurance situations, midwives in Eugene aren't allowed to deliver at McKenzie-Willamette (which is actually technically in Springfield) anymore and the birth center is closing soon. Most people who've delivered at both vastly prefer McK-W over Sacred Heart, which is the other hospital in Eugene. McK-W has private rooms in which you labor, deliver, and recover. No roommates, no moving, no nursery. Sacred Heart is a bit more traditional, as well as being Catholic (Mc-W is secular). You can, however, have a midwife there. Sacred Heart is where most people prefer to go in horrible medical emergency situations, and they have top-notch ER staff, but for birth I'd much rather have a crunchy OB (yes, they exist here) and go to Mc-W than have a midwife and go to Sacred Heart (esp. if the midwife is like the one who delivered me - more a medwife than a midwife, IMO).
 

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In Salem I don't think there are any practicing CNMs. There are at nearby Silverton Hospital but they don't have emergency services. Of course not knowing your condition its hard to know for sure what you are looking for.
 

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I dislike the Salem Hospital. I didn't go to any of my prebaby exams (because I had no insurance and couldn't afford out of pocket costs) and because of that, my dd was subject to a pee test. This was to test for drugs. Uhmmm hello, test me not my child. I tried fighting it, I didn't fight hard enough. My doc said I could leave after a couple of hours, but the ped doc said no. She had to stay for 2 days. I was told by my cool nurse, it was because there are alot of women who are on drugs giving birth there.
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I did have a really cool nurse on the upside for most of the time. I did have one for one night that wanted to take ds to the nursery to weigh her and made a fuss to bring the machine to the room. It was a huge ordeal. Oh and she wanted to check my bum. None of the other nurses had, I didn't want her touching me and I almost clocked her. Lucky for her, her supervisor called her out of the room. Not what I wanted to do in the middle of the night after giving birth.
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You birth in one room and recover in another. If you wanted to walk around, the babe had to be in the basinett, I wanted to sling her.

BTW CONGRATS!
 

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Thank you all.

I'm going to see my neurologist and my midwife in the next couple weeks to find out if I will be "risked" out of my midwife's practice. After my second was born, I developed an unusual condition that, hopefully, is slowly resolving. The only medication, though, is incompatible with pregnancy or breastfeeding (I'm not on it now). There is some risk of it worsening during pregnancy (and of my vision being permanently affected), but I have to go see the super-specialist to find out what that risk is. Anyway, my birth itself should be normal.

I need to calm down and take it one thing at a time. I don't even know if this pregnancy will "stick" (I've had a miscarriage before, so this is always on my mind). I appreciate the information you're all sharing and I'll be adding it to area comparisons.

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Originally Posted by jennnk
Unfortunately, due to crappy insurance situations, midwives in Eugene aren't allowed to deliver at McKenzie-Willamette (which is actually technically in Springfield) anymore and the birth center is closing soon. Most people who've delivered at both vastly prefer McK-W over Sacred Heart, which is the other hospital in Eugene. McK-W has private rooms in which you labor, deliver, and recover. No roommates, no moving, no nursery. Sacred Heart is a bit more traditional, as well as being Catholic (Mc-W is secular). You can, however, have a midwife there. Sacred Heart is where most people prefer to go in horrible medical emergency situations, and they have top-notch ER staff, but for birth I'd much rather have a crunchy OB (yes, they exist here) and go to Mc-W than have a midwife and go to Sacred Heart (esp. if the midwife is like the one who delivered me - more a medwife than a midwife, IMO).
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Jennk, was the midwife part of the practice in Springfield? I had a GREAT experience with my CNM in Bend - just amazing - and so I'm really leaning towards going with a midwife again now that we've moved back here. I had a high-risk pregnancy last time (previa), and so I am looking for someone who is affiliated with a hospital. I know nothing about the CNMs here, though, and I'd love to know more. If you don't feel comfortable naming names, would you PM me? Thank you!
 

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Salem Hospital sucks for birth, IMO.

Silverton is a bit better, but all the hospitals - even in Eugene - are totally starting to turn for the worse. Love that fear of litigation!
 

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I delivered my first at Salem with a CNM. I was really sick and they were terrific there. Whirlpool tubs, birthplans are honored, great staff. My experience (even though I had different issues along with childbirth) was amazing and I would have gone back for my 2nd if I had still lived in the area.
 

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I had Dani in Corvallis at Good Samaritan. I had a perfect pregnancy and a great delivery - however I didn't have anything go wrong and I didn't have any issues with my doctors to fight over. I have no idea how they are with less than routine pregnancies.

I have to throw in that the nurses at Good Sam were very pro breastfeeding. The home care nurse they sent when I went home was wonderful and I also had a visit with a lactation consultant when Dani was 4 months old - who was wonderful also.

Andddddddddddddd I have an awesome house for rent in Corvallis if you are interested
 

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That sounds an awful like what I have going on, Truvie. Can I be nosey and ask what your condition is called? You can pm me if you prefer.
I have Pseudo Tumor Cerebri (AKA Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertenion). It affects my vision too, I have horrid headaches, all because I have too much spinal cord fluid around my brain. I also have an arachnoid cyst. If you have anything like that, be careful about what your doc says.
I had two neurologists say that this wouldnt effect my ability to deliver my baby where I wanted and that homebirth was fine. Then I saw another neuro when I was about 7 months along who flipped and said I needed to see an OB and deliver in the hospital because I was "not going to have a normal delivery, period." Well, I talked to my midwives, they said no to worry about it cause they had talked to the other neuro and I was fine. I went on to have a completely normal homebirth with no complications whatsoever. I am just saying, be careful, if your doc is like many and has a personal issue with out of hospital birth, he may very well lie to keep you from doing it.
 

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I had a wonderful 2nd birth at Silverton Hospital with a midwife from Salem Nurse Midwives. Unfortunately my midwife retired however I loved everyone there I met. My 1st birth was at Salem Hospital and feel I got pretty lousy care.
 

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She just pm'd me, we do have the same condition, so she might just be able to do a homebirth. Whoot!
 

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I would definitely have more birthing options available if we move. I live in a rural area that's an hour from a hospital and, last time around, couldn't find a midwife willing to attend a homebirth.

We need to research our medical insurance options. I've never had a pre-existing condition before, and I don't know how that affects things.
 
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