What Makes a Hospital a Happy Place

I just attended a great hospital birth, and I wanted to share a list of things that they did that made mom and baby very happy.

  • They read mom’s birth plan.
  • They followed mom’s birth plan.
  • When they needed to suggest a change to mom’s birth plan for medical reasons, they discussed pros and cons, showed her great respect, and came to a compromise with her that satisfied both medical needs and her hopes for the birth as much as possible.
  • They followed evidence based practices.
  • They did not imprison her just because her water broke at first, but rather let her go home to keep checking her temperature and try to labor on her own.
  • They did not rush Pitocin. They gave mom lots of time.
  • When they needed to use Pitocin, they started it low, increased it slowly, and took her off of it once a regular contraction pattern was established.
  • They were willing to keep patiently adjusting my client’s monitors as she moved through many positions.
  • Once she no longer needed the monitors (because she was off Pitocin), they monitored her periodically by Doppler.
  • They encouraged movement and offered physiologic suggestions for promoting progress and moving the baby.
  • They did not even think of cutting an episiotomy.
  • They did not even think of cutting the cord early routinely.
  • Baby went straight to mom’s chest.
  • Baby had a chance to nurse immediately.
  • All checks were performed in mom’s arms, and the things that couldn’t be performed (weight, length, etc.) were delayed until mom was ready.
  • The hospital staff welcomed mom’s family and myself as part of a birthing team, not as extraneous people who didn’t know what they were doing.
  • They respected mom’s wishes and spoke to her kindly throughout the experience.

I really liked this hospital handled things (too bad it was 2 hours away from where I lived!).  They were very mother/baby friendly, natural birth friendly, and breastfeeding friendly. But, they never pushed anyone to do anything, and the only time they offered a change to mom’s plans were when it was for medical reasons. I felt the respect and support they offered created a warm atmosphere that made this labor and birth a more pleasant and healthy experience. I wish more hospitals were like this one! This was a beautiful birth that I was privileged to witness.



4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dac on July 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

    “Respect” and “support” should be offered in all medical situations, but most especially in bringing forth new life. What a great balance this hospital has.


  2. That is wonderful! I wish all hospitals were like that.


  3. How wonderful :). I’m so glad that you were able to attend such a lovely birth. Wish that every birth could be such a team effort!


  4. Posted by StorkStories on September 8, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Do i know this place????


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