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.hilary.'s picture
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Hospital tour

So we just did our hospital tour tonight. It was pretty good! There were a lot of things that made me feel good and a few that scared me. I hate hospitals, so seeing people in scrubs behind the nurses station was enough to freak me out, lol. They had us peek into the OR where c-sections are done and the recovery room, and that was definitely scary. Trying to "un-see" that part, haha!!

But I enjoyed seeing the labour and delivery rooms. They are pretty nice, there's a shower with a removable shower head that I can use, room for a birth ball if I want it, and squatting bars that attach to the bed which might be great for pushing. It doesn't look quite as cold and clinical as other rooms which I appreciated. There's nitrous oxide we can breathe for pain if we want and it's on a long hose so I don't have to be in the bed to use it, I can move around with it! There's long hallways to walk with support bars along all the walls, and there are plenty of fridges and microwaves so we can bring our own food (yay!).

Anyway everything was good except that I want to come up with some ways to make the room seem less like a hospital, lol. There were some good suggestions given - don't wear the paper smock and instead bring your own nightie and robe, bring some pillows from home, set up a few battery-powered tea light candles in the room (love this idea, just can't have real candles of course!), and bring some essential oils (love this too since I hate the smell of hospitals).

Anyone have any other suggestions for things to make a hospital room more homey? Also is anyone else doing a tour, or done one? I thought overall it was really helpful and well worth it Smile

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I'm glad your tour went so well, and it's nice that they're open to letting you do different things! Your suggestions for making the room more homey sound good to me! I really want to wear my own gown as well, but seeing how I want the baby put right up on me when he comes out, I don't want to get blood and whatever else on my own gown, so I vetoed my own idea pretty quickly lol!

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Oh that's a good point! Didn't think of that. Okay, I think I'm just going to bring my oldest nightie that I don't care about anymore, lol!! And hopefully I'll remember to take the robe off, haha

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Nice!

I don't plan on doing anything at all as far as making it more homey. I'm fine with how the rooms are and won't need the extra work. At about 20 weeks we went on the tour of the hospital where we'll be if I deliver early. It was reassuring. I never got the chance to tour the other hospital where I might deliver but I was admitted there for monitoring once so I have a sense of what it's like. The rooms are WAY bigger there, so that's kind of nice, but you know, not really the deciding factor (the NICU is).

That's great about the nitrous! That's not really common here, unfortunately.

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I'd heard that about nitrous being uncommon in the states! I wonder why that is?? I like the idea of it because it won't require me to be strapped to the bed with multiple monitors like morphine or an epidural, and I don't need an IV for it either. But I've heard it can make people loopy, haha...so we will see if I like it, lol!

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I am planning a tour and pre-registration in a few weeks. I am looking forward to seeing the rooms and having some of my many questions answered. Sounds like you had a nice experience. Smile

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I like the paper gown. They throw it away as soon as you are done, and no mess for you to deal with!

As for making the place homey, I would love to, but I am just not organized enough for that! LOL! I would remember all of that stuff and forget deodorant or baby clothes...

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Glad you had a good tour. I remember doing ours with DS but it still seemed like it was surreal. Since then I have been back to meet new nieces and nephews so its like second nature to me now.

Our rooms feel very homey so I won't be bringing anything up there to make it more so. Also, I am trying to pack as light as possible so I would rather not mess with extra stuff. Although essential oils - like lavender - would be great for a calming affect. Maybe some others for a disinfectant? I have loads of them at home, may need to look through them before I go.

I used the birth ball for my last labor and it was great! I would recommend that as well as a warm shower or bath while in the early stages of labor.

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The birthing rooms at my hospital are pretty nice too. Bring some flowers! That always spruces a room up....

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Glad your tour went well! We have ours tonight. I'm delivering at the same hospital I did with our son, but they have a brand new birthing center so I want to see it.

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Sounds great! It's great that you plan on tweaking it to your own comfort & liking.

We are scheduled for Nov. 9th. This will be my 3rd time at this hospital, but my SO has never been to this one & his boy is turning 17 this month so it's been awhile for him. Time for a refresher. lol

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That sounds nice and fancy Smile Especially about the shower heads....

We have 9 rooms in our L&D called "mommy and me" rooms where you labor, deliver, and recover all in the same room. The idea is that the baby never leaves the room until you leave the hospital. I had one of them for Nicholas and it was nice. I was concerned because if you are high risk you don't get the room (further from the OR) but the OB told me my last visit that I could still have one of those rooms as long as I don't need insulin for my gestational diabetes.

Oh and the birth ball- I sat on one while I waited for my epidural. I had to have DH stand behind me because I was so afraid I would fall off!!!!

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They have recently redone the mother and baby unit here, so am planning on taking a tour- I guess I better phone to book that! A bonus I hear is all the rooms are private rooms now. The labor rooms were nice before- but I have never been in one- get wheeled into surgery. But still interesting to go on the tour.

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Thanks everyone! I love the suggestion about flowers Smile

I like that idea about mommy and me rooms! Here you will get transferred to another room (and not necessarily a private one, but our extended medical coverage through work will pay for one, so if there is one free we are going to use it Smile ) but at least they take you in a wheelchair with the baby in your arms. You never have to be separated, I love the fact that they deliver baby to your chest and don't take them away to weigh and measure for at least an hour, and they do all that right next to the bed. Apparently they do apgar scores right with the baby on your chest, I didn't realize that! They still put a tag on the baby's ankle though, and if they leave the mother & babe unit, alarms go off and all the elevators shut down and doors lock! :o I guess these all might be standard things in hospitals, but for some reason they really impressed me :rolleyes: anything I can tell myself to make myself less nervous about being there Wink

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".hilary." wrote:

Thanks everyone! I love the suggestion about flowers Smile

I like that idea about mommy and me rooms! Here you will get transferred to another room (and not necessarily a private one, but our extended medical coverage through work will pay for one, so if there is one free we are going to use it Smile ) but at least they take you in a wheelchair with the baby in your arms. You never have to be separated, I love the fact that they deliver baby to your chest and don't take them away to weigh and measure for at least an hour, and they do all that right next to the bed. Apparently they do apgar scores right with the baby on your chest, I didn't realize that! They still put a tag on the baby's ankle though, and if they leave the mother & babe unit, alarms go off and all the elevators shut down and doors lock! :o I guess these all might be standard things in hospitals, but for some reason they really impressed me :rolleyes: anything I can tell myself to make myself less nervous about being there Wink

I wanted to ask all of you about this too. Our hospital does the same thing but last time I was still so scared to fall asleep with DS in our room. I had this fear that someone would come in and snatch him. FTM fears?! So one night I had them take him to the nursery so I could get a little uninterrupted sleep. Anyone else paranoid about someone taking your baby in the hospital? Hopefully this time I am more relaxed - otherwise I will sleep with her in my arms like I did with Deacon. Smile

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"JuneorJulyBaby?" wrote:

We have 9 rooms in our L&D called "mommy and me" rooms where you labor, deliver, and recover all in the same room. The idea is that the baby never leaves the room until you leave the hospital. I had one of them for Nicholas and it was nice.

This is the way my hospital is as well. You labor, deliver, and recover all in the same room and baby never leaves your side. They even bathe the baby in the room there with you. I think the only time they take them is for shots, but I'm sure I could request that they administer those in my presence as well. I only had to move to a different recovery room with DD as they needed the room for another mom that was in labor, which was fine with me. I was wheelchaired up to the next floor with baby girl in my arms, and she never left our room up there, either! I hope not too many women are birthing when I am so that I can stay in the same room lol... they're much more cozy and large than the regular rooms!

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

I had this fear that someone would come in and snatch him. FTM fears?! So one night I had them take him to the nursery so I could get a little uninterrupted sleep. Anyone else paranoid about someone taking your baby in the hospital?

It hadn't crossed my mind, actually. I'm thinking my fears will be more about my abilities to care for them. Would you feel better if you put the crib next to your bed on the side away from the door?