ok, I'm currently 14 weeks along in my 6th pregnancy which will result in my third labor/birth and am exploring my options...
I live in Alabama, where only CNMs are licensed and there's only ONE practicing in the Northern half of the state, delivering babies at only one hospital (Athens-Limestone Hospital)
I'm trying to find out as much information as I can about the hospital & staff with regards to breastfeeding, newborn policies, and basically how difficult they would be if I choose to deliver there....
here's the thing, with dd1 I was trying to breastfeed, I didn't have enough knowledge or support so I went along with the nurses and gave formula too.... by the end of a month we were no longer nursing at all.
with dd2 I was determined, got the knowledge and support I needed and when the staff at Helen Keller Hospital started insisting on formula I felt much more confident declining.... she was exclusively breastfed for 7 months and then we added some solid foods. never a drop of formula. still nursing about 2 or 3 times in a 24 hr period now at 2 yrs 4 months but I'm pretty sure our nursing days are numbered, as we're following her lead on this....
dd1 was kept 4 days due to jaundice
dd2 was kept 7 days due to jaundice - even though she woke on her own by every 2 hours like clockwork, latched & nursed beautifully & had plenty of wet diapers...
I have been able to find the c-section & vaginal birth stats fairly easily on the state public health website, fyi the hospital in my town (ECM) has a 37% c-section rate, the next one over (Helen Keller) has a 37.8% c-section rate with both hospitals having roughly 1000 births that year and the one I would have to use in order to have a CNM deliver my baby (ALH) has only a 26% section rate (slightly promising?)
their hospital website claims they encourage rooming-in, and a family centered maternity care experience but they also mention the stupid diaper/formula gift bags. Two different ones!!
I am so nervous that I'll choose this route (instead of saving the money to pay a CPM & go out of state where she's legal) and then wind up stuck in the hospital for a week again with no reason!!!
Is there an easy way to find out this kind of stuff?
on Apr. 3, 2013 at 6:13 PM