would you/have you given birth at the hospital you work at?

  1. I am enough of a control freak that I have a difficult time switching from caregiver to patient even under the best of circumstances. I really really like knowing the staff nurses and being able to get the inside story about the attending physicians and anesthesiologists.

    That said, I think my first birth would have been a lot better if I hadn't been at my workplace. Even when I was unhappy with the situation (epidural crapped out during a cesarean), I was trying too hard to be a good patient because I didn't want to jeopardize my professional relationships.

    Then again, when I moved, gave up all my professional contacts and started rebuilding my network, I ended up at the community hospital where I hemorrhaged. If I had been at the old hospital, I would have known how to go over the L&D nurses head to get what I needed.

    It's a tradeoff I suppose. I had my first two babies at the hospital I worked at and the second two at the community hospital. I don't think they even knew that I was an RN.
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  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yes I would. (and I have in the past). Simply because I trust my coworkers to the max (99% of them)...I KNOW them and their capabilities and I believe I would be in GOOD hands there. It is WEIRD to have people you know nursing you, I admit. But I like the security of knowing who they are and how capable they are as well.
  4. by   Gator,SN
    I had my youngest son at the hospital where I was employed. It was a wonderful experience and one of the OB nurses who was my friend volunteered to come to the hospital to coach me. She came as soon as I called her and helped to maintain control during delivery. I had people from my department coming up to the LDR room asking to see me and if I'd delivered yet. She just sent them away and I heard about it later. I got a private room this time and that was nice too. When they ordered pizza that night, they invited me out to the desk to eat.
    The only draw back that I have ever had is that my instructor for clinical last semester was my PP nurse and I can still remember her checking my sutures. I hope that it's true, they don't really pay attention and want to forget as much I do!
    Gator
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    I had my 2nd and 3rd child at the hospital where I work now but I wasn't a nurse then. I decided to have my last son at a hospital 70 miles away in the "big city" only because I am very private and wouldn't want to be in the position to have my colleagues (physicians and nurses) checking my "wazooo" for dilation, etc.

    Actually I switched gyn docs to someone I didn't work with when I first started working at this hospital.

    I trust the care of my colleagues . .. . . just wanted to maintain my privacy.
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    p.s. I got a private room at the hospital 70 miles away too . . . being a nurse has it perks!!
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    ALL our rooms are private. So being a nurse would give no one an unfair advantage at either of the two hospitals at which i work.
  8. by   Cheerio
    I delivered both boys where I do most of my doula-ing. I loved knowing the nurses, and the OB's who were on call as well. Plus I knew where everything was kept, and sent DH to get everything for me :chuckle It was great, and the nurses were extra attentive.
  9. by   L&D.RN
    Yes I would, but I would pick and choose my nurses! There are certain personalities and styles that would drive me up a wall and others that would be perfect for me. I feel that they are all, well 98% of them, very competent, so that isn't an issue!
  10. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I'm torn.

    On one hand, my hospital is the ONLY place I'd deliver at. It's the best and the safest.

    But on the other hand, I'm just weird like that. Kinda freaky rolling over and hiking a leg for my coworkers.
  11. by   SHELLYBELLYRN
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER

    my hospital is the ONLY place I'd deliver at. It's the best and the safest.



    Heather............just what I needed to hear today, since I'll be delivering there!!
  12. by   sbic56
    Definitely without a doubt would deliver at my hospital! I can't think of more than a couple of employees who have not delivered at my hospital and then it was because their spouse had insurance that covered somewhere else more fully. We also get the vast majority of nurses and others who work at the competition across town. We are the best. Plain and simple!
  13. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    I'm torn.

    On one hand, my hospital is the ONLY place I'd deliver at. It's the best and the safest.

    But on the other hand, I'm just weird like that. Kinda freaky rolling over and hiking a leg for my coworkers.
    OMG, you just stole my thoughts. I am planning on delivering at the hospital I work at. After my aweful experience at the other hospital, I wouldn't go back to have a hangnail looked at.

    But, I feel kind of weird about it. I know some of the OB nurses and eat dinner with them (when I get a break). The thought of them shoving their hands up my yoo-hoo gives me the eebies.

    I had decided that if I get into OB before the next spud is born, I'll go to a different hospital that we're connected with. If not, then I'll stay where I am. Tough decisions.
  14. by   mark_LD_RN
    my wife delivered at hospital i worked at and several coworkers i know delivered where they worked. the good thing is you get to pick your nurses. bad thing is some people get hurt feelings. some times being in the hospital you work at can be a little embarressing. depends on what you are comfortable with

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