Best Hospital Experience
My two best hospital experiences would be when my wife gave birth to our son and then two years later our daughter. This is obviously because of the fact that I became a father. My son was born at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. It was a typical birth, for all I know, as there were no complications and no drugs to alleviate my wife’s pain while in labor. This was just what we wanted, an all natural vaginal birth. This was by far the best hospital experience I had ever had. The story is not over yet, however, as I still have my daughter that needs to be born.
Birth Center Instead of a Hospital
After a year and a half, my wife and I found out that we were expecting baby number two. We had to find a clinic that would be able to see my wife on weekends for her prenatal visits, since she was a full time student. After doing some research, my wife decided to not give birth at a hospital, but instead go to Morning Star Birth Center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. This came to me as a bit of a shock, and I asked questions about the safety, staff training, emergency plans that are in place, and more. My wife took me to an informational class at the birth center that answered all of my questions. Our son’s birth went so well that I was comfortable with agreeing to get on board and start our prenatal visits at a birth center.
Prenatal Treatment at the Birth Center
Going to prenatal appointments at Morning Star Birth Center was great. We were able to get familiar with the building that we were going to be at for the birth, as well as get questions answered as we thought of them. We saw the same midwives every time, and they were the ones that were going to be there for the birth. Our two year old son was also able to come to the appointments and be involved with the process. Our son actually does better at his own doctor visits now after being around the birth center so much. Everything was going well, and now it was time to go in and have our baby.
Labor and Delivery at the Birth Center
My wife started to feel some light contractions one morning. We got our midwife on the phone, and she told us to come in when we were ready. She went in right away and got the room ready for delivery. We showed up a couple of hours later. Contractions were still tolerable and actually seemed to get further apart for a while. Our midwives gave my wife some tips on things to do to keep things going, and they all worked. Contractions started to get more intense, and it was time to go in the bathtub to hopefully relieve some of my wife’s pain. While in the tub my wife felt like she had to push all of a sudden and didn’t feel like getting out to lay in the bed. The midwife’s were calm and told her to just push if that was what her body was telling her to do. She pushed for nine minutes, and it was over. We finally met our little baby girl.
My Verdict… Hospital or Birth Center
Although our son’s birth at Region’s Hospital was great, it seemed to lack the personal touch and level of care that Morning Star Birth Center gave. I guess my best hospital experience wasn’t actually at a hospital, but at a birth center.