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Old May 27th, 2011, 15:54 PM   1
Allie84
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Anyone giving birth in a small town/hospital?


Now that I'm in 2nd tri I'm starting to think more 'long term' and I am kind of wondering about the kind of care I'm getting as I live in small city. In the middle of nowhere.

There isn't a lot of choice here, and the hospital I chose is pretty small, only about 100 beds in total, and only one OB and midwife in the L & D at any time. A really small NICU.

I pray I won't need too much medical intervention but if I do, or if baby does, I'm a bit concerned that I live in a smaller town with less technology, resources, etc.

Anyone else? Or I am just worrying about nothing?



 
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Old May 27th, 2011, 16:26 PM   2
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Yes I live in a very small town with a lovely maternity unit with only about 3 side rooms and I think 2 main rooms with 4 beds in so it's very small and very good care, I love our maternity x x



 
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Old May 27th, 2011, 16:31 PM   3
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my hospital isnt quite as small as your but it is pretty small compared to the others around us but this is why i chose it tbh the others are really big and busy and ive heard alot about the level of care not been great due to the amount of ladies giving birth so i chose the smaller nicer hospital to have my son and to have this baby the only thing is if there is anything really wrong with baby it will be air lifted to the larger hospital close by but im hoping baby will be ok like my son was. my hospital was lovely and i never felt pushed away or ignored x



 
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Old May 27th, 2011, 16:44 PM   4
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Thanks. I guess I've never thought of it that way, that I may be getting more attention.

I know it's a pretty busy labor ward, though; I'm not sure how many beds, but I know it's growing faster than there is room for in the small hospital.



 
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Old May 27th, 2011, 16:48 PM   5
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my hospital has two single rooms, and a room of six beds, plus two labour rooms!! i had my son there and it was brilliant - i have had the same MW at each apt. and will at the birth too - i much prefer that to the generic care at the larger hospitals! x



 
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Old May 27th, 2011, 17:42 PM   6
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I live in a small town too and had my daughter here. The maternity rooms are AMAZING! Huge private rooms, with a jacuzzi tup, extra bed for hubby or friend etc. TV, DVD player, nice bathroom...etc etc. AND it costs nothing extra (I just found out in Vancouver they charge extra to upgrade to a private room AND for having anyone but yourself stay)

Plus here I had 2 nurses, all the help and attention I needed and yummy food. And our hospital has a private helocoptor in case the baby needs flown into Vancouver for extra care....(15-20 minute ride)



 
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Old May 27th, 2011, 18:08 PM   7
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I had my daughter in a small hospital -- no NICU unit at all. I can't say that it was a great experience, but I think that's because of the hospital itself and not because of its size.

I'm having this baby at a different hospital. It's also small, but I think the nurses and doctors will be nicer. Not to mention the rooms are a whole lot better.



 
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Old May 27th, 2011, 23:14 PM   8
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Me if anything goes wrong I have to be transferred to a bigger hospital in a different county x (there's no doctors at my hospital/NICU etc. it's just the midwife led unit).



 
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