I have never had to go to the hospital until last week. Oh, I had an outpatient procedure at one once, but I’ve never been admitted.
Then Friday came, and I had to make an emergency transfer from a planned home birth.
Luckily, my midwife has an established relationship with Dr. Kline, and I was admitted as his patient. I’ve never had a baby before, and if it weren’t for him I might not be here to have another one. (I won’t go into it, but the story – not for the squeamish! – is on my personal blog.)
We also totally lucked out with nurses. I had as little as possible to do with the nursery nurses (nothing personal whatsoever, just a matter of wishing to be responsible for my own baby), but the labor and delivery nurses were amazing. I had four or five over the course of our stay (I wasn’t transfered to postpartum for 24 hours because of the complications I’d had) and loved every one of them. Wendy, Rachel, Melinda, Sparky. The best people I can imagine having around during a stressful birth and recovery.
Cedars is also the only local hospital with an in-house anesthesiology team in L&D. Without them I might have died waiting for painkillers while I hemorrhaged. Scary stuff!
So I have to say that my first hospital experience was a good one, and if you are having a baby Cedars is the place to do it (if you have to be in a hospital at all).