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July 25th, 2010, 02:51 PM
MotherFrog's Avatar lost in la la land
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I don't think I've ever seen a hospital setup like this!

You take an elevator up to L&D, step out, there's the little waiting room and then you have a choice. Door #1 or Door #2. The door to you right is for AFTER you have the baby, the door to the left is where you labor and deliver. C-sections, monitoring, and all those being tested must go to the labor area. You have to get buzzed in for either door and you must know the room number of the person you are visiting if you aren't the one staying.

So when I go to have Charlie, I will be in 3 different rooms, 2 different wings. Personally I think the whole set up is a mess!

I go to the labor and delivery side that morning, must be there at 6:15 am. Room #1 is where I have the amnio at 7 am and section prep done. Section isn't till 9-9:30 am from what I remember. Lots to be done though. Admitting, IV, shaving, me yelling at DH to stop with the dumb jokes, informing the nurses about our choices (breast not bottle, all that) and it does go by pretty quick believe it or not.

I go to the OR for the c-section. It's at least on the same floor! I'm requesting the catheter to be put in after the spinal in the OR.

Then I go to recovery for about an hour.
Then I go to my room where I will be for the rest of my stay.
THEN I get Charlie. I think that will be around 10-10:30 am. DH,MIL,and BIL will all see him much more than I will, I get a glance at him in the OR. It's only an hour till I get him, BTDT a few times, but this one is bothering me so much more!

Fortunately, no one but the nurses and DH will be holding him till I am in my room where I stay the longest. MIL and BIL will only be able to see him through the nursery window till I get to my room, ha ha! I get him before anyone else does! Everyone else can bugger off! MIL and BIL will visit for a bit and then I'm kicking them out. They can come back later.

Personally, I know it's policy BUT I think the whole place is messed up. I don't even think I am bringing my bags in till I am settled in my long term stay room. Why bother?

I say all this now but once I am on that morphine pump and in recovery, I'm more than likely not going to care!

I'm hoping that morning goes VERY quickly!

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July 25th, 2010, 03:39 PM
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Wow... that's a lot of moving, but they'll probably move everything for you. They are very used to it. ((HUGS)) I think if you are having a c-sec in any hospital, you'll have at least 2 rooms to deal with... if you have all this written down and send out, it'll be like a travel itinerary and everyone can keep dibs on where you are!

If I recall correctly, our hospital (who's woman's wing is not even 3 years old yet) has 1 room for L&D&PP and it has a little "bed" sofa skinny thing for DH to rest on if he needs to lie down at some point. So, I'm grateful I don't have to go anywhere! It's actually pretty nice.

Your security sounds like ours... no one can enter without checking in, the doors are locked past the waiting area. They don't have to know our room number, just our name, but I'll let them know JIK. We also have the matching bands for mom, dad and baby (baby has 2, 1 on wrist, 1 on foot) and EVERY time they come in to check baby for anything, they have to check us to make sure baby and parents are properly matched. It was comforting... and will be moreso when they are busy, as I suspect they will be in Aug/Sept.

I'll have baby with me for the most part, but they'll take him back to the nursery and bathe him when I request so I can have a shower without worrying about someone not watching him more securely or whatever. It's so nice.
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July 25th, 2010, 03:46 PM
Justjessie's Avatar Really Just Angela
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Our L&D is actually LDRP...which is Labor, Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum...you go into ONE room and that's it. Unless you have a c-section, and then after surgery you are brought back to your room and the baby meets you there.
We do not need to be moved around 500 times!!!
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July 25th, 2010, 05:04 PM
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My hospital has a crazy L&D set-up also. You push in one room, then when you are crowning, they move you to a different room to deliver, then yet a third room for recovery and will stay here for the duration of the hospital course. Very strange to me...
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July 25th, 2010, 05:15 PM
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wow that does sound like a strange set up.
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July 25th, 2010, 09:22 PM
MotherFrog's Avatar lost in la la land
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Most hospitals try and make it simpler and easier on moms and the staff. This one has no clue!

When we had to go back to get monitored, OMG I need to bring a quilt with me when I deliver, it's absolutely FREEZING in there! The blankets they have there are basically sheets and do nothing to keep you warm.

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July 25th, 2010, 09:45 PM
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I got dizzy reading that! At my hospital there is one room,a nice private room with a private bath with a jacuzzi. They have a rocking chair and a chair that folds into a bed for your DH or mom or whoever to spend the night. I hope you guys don't get lost!
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July 25th, 2010, 09:57 PM
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pphhtt I'll be on morphine, I'm just along for the ride! LOL

No jacuzzi, don't plan on a water birth at this place! No rocking chair and for DH they have a crappy little fold out couch type thing. He's over 6 foot, I'm not so sure it's going to work out for him.

OMG I'm really starting to not like this place, but it's only 4 days. The website that shows pics of the rooms is a big fat LIE! If I have to, I could leave after 3 days, we'll see.

View St. Luke's Birth Center They don't show all of it and not all the rooms look like that!

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July 25th, 2010, 11:12 PM
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Yeah...the rooms in the picture don't look bad at all, nice and big and spacious and private. I can't believe all the running around they do...it just doesn't sound efficient at all!
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July 25th, 2010, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by TheHappyM. View Post
Yeah...the rooms in the picture don't look bad at all, nice and big and spacious and private. I can't believe all the running around they do...it just doesn't sound efficient at all!
No it's not but they've had budget cuts and layoffs in the past few years so I do understand. Kinda.

The rooms are large, but too large, too empty, and the place is freezing cold. It's not exactly welcoming.

Who knows, I might not have to change rooms that many times, maybe just twice that day but they told me 3 times. If it's one of the worst stays that I've ever had, I will be writing them a letter. Not complaining but nicely suggesting and thanking at the same time. It feels 1970's sterile!

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