Suggestions on finding an OB?

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Registered: 03-05-2012
Suggestions on finding an OB?
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Mon, 03-05-2012 - 2:36pm

DH, DS4, and I just moved from Oklahoma to Washington State. We don't know a single person here, so I can't get any recommendations for local OBs.

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Registered: 03-04-2012
Mon, 03-12-2012 - 3:14pm
I'm in Ontario. As far as I know we don't have nurseries anymore other than in the NICU. I remember my sister being in one, but that was 22 years ago
Jen
Wife to Steve
Mommy to Chase (5) and Jasper (1)
Step Mom to Elizabeth (12) and Christian (10) pregnant
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Registered: 10-05-2005
Mon, 03-12-2012 - 2:50pm

When I was looking for a new OB/GYN I looked at what hospital I wanted to deliver at (I denfinatly wanted one with a children's hospital attached just in case of an emergancy) and looked at the list of doctors and practices which the hospital website recomended, since I live in an area with about 100 plus hospitals (I live in Denver, CO). In my area the doctors only deliver at one specific hospital which is typically next door the where their practice is. The hospital websites also have lists of midwives and dulas as well. I have also found that you need to ask who will actually be delivering you. The practice I chose has One high risk OB, one normal OB who also does acupuncture, and two GYNs who specialize in different things. Where as the practice I had been coming from had three OB/GYNs and a midwife. They also did alot of surgeries and R/E work since the OBs served the entire county and it was 45 minutes down to the nearest big city (which was Denver). If you don't get along with one OB and don't get a choice about who will deliver you then switch to another practice or go in a different directions by getting a CNM (Certified nurse midwife), where you will get more one on one attention.

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Registered: 09-03-2005
Mon, 03-12-2012 - 12:12pm
I like keeping my baby with me. I think the rules requiring they take the baby to the nursery are strictly for their convenience (can monitor several at the same time) and are antiquated. I think they date back to when they were knocking women out for childbirth. Multiple studies have found that moms and babies staying together is better for breastfeeding. I've been shocked that so many women in Houston have been willing to keep delivering babies at hospitals with such inhospitable policies when they have some very nice alternatives.

Tiffa, 35

DH, 36

DD born 10/15/08, Baby #2 due 10/18/10


 

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Registered: 02-24-2012
Fri, 03-09-2012 - 8:32pm
It is the same here. I am in atlantic canada jenben is in ontario - canada. I think it is the trend up here (i have delivered in 2 different cities, soon to be 3, both with no nursery just nicu). I can't remember the exact reason the nurses explained but it has something to do with strengthening family bonds, breastfeeding, yada yada. You could request nurses to take the baby for a bit if you needed rest after a difficult delivery but there is no nursery. It its actually really nice to be supported by the staff as you learn how to take care of your baby.
Proud Mom to Annika (4), Jamie (3), and 4 angels. Anxiously awaiting Baby #3!
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Registered: 03-05-2012
Fri, 03-09-2012 - 6:01pm
I've never heard of a hospital not having a nursery. Where are you located?
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Registered: 09-03-2005
Tue, 03-06-2012 - 12:03pm
I'm in Houston and all the hospitals here have nurseries for the healthy babies. Even the hospitals that don't force you to send your baby to the nursery for the "transition period" let moms send the babies if they just want to rest.

Tiffa, 35

DH, 36

DD born 10/15/08, Baby #2 due 10/18/10


 

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Registered: 03-04-2012
Tue, 03-06-2012 - 11:47am
Sorry if I'm hick jacking this thread, but I'm curious.
Where are there still nurseries for the babies? The hospital I had my boys doesn't have one. Babies stay with their moms. My first was a c-section. I ended up sharing a room with my son, another lady and her twins. It was cramped. I hated it. My second was a VBAC. We had our own room. Very nice the second time around.
Jen
Wife to Steve
Mommy to Chase (5) and Jasper (1)
Step Mom to Elizabeth (12) and Christian (10) pregnant
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 11:27am
Great information, Thank you so much! Now, off to research the local hospitals!
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 10:47am
Most of the hospitals where I am have both private and semi-private. I only know of 2 that only have private rooms. Here, if the hospital only has private they can't charge patients an extra fee to get the private that insurance doesn't cover. If they have both, they can charge the fee. So, it costs me less out of pocket to deliver at a hospital with only private rooms.

Also, I know multiple people who delivered at a hospital with semi-private rooms and found that all the privates were full, so they had to share a post partum room. That changed visitation rules and they had to send the baby to the nursery overnight (no choice to keep the baby). With everything that goes on postpartum, I can't imagine sharing a room and giving up that privacy.

The policies about babies going to the nursery also vary widely. There are some hospitals that will let baby stay with mom, even after a cs as long as both are doing well and others that require every baby go to the nursery for
4 hours after birth even if it is a normal vaginal birth with no problems and there are no exceptions. I asked " what if you're bf, the baby can't go that long between feedings?". They said, you can choose whether the baby gets formula, sugar water, a paci, or is just left crying. Needless to say, I didn't deliver there.

I started out researching hospitals and once I picked the hospital worked on finding a doctor who delivered there.

Good luck.

Tiffa, 35

DH, 36

DD born 10/15/08, Baby #2 due 10/18/10


 

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Registered: 12-18-2007
Tue, 03-06-2012 - 9:56am

With my first I worked backward.

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