Postpartum rooms in your hospital, are they all private?

  1. I have been a doula at two hospitals in the area, one has 1 bed and 2 bed, where you have to pay $150 extra a night for the private rooms, and the other hospital has 1 bed, 2 bed and 4 bed wards.

    I was just reading a thread in the Nursing Issues/Concerns forum about nurses feelings of double rooms.. no one seems to like them and then my thought of being in a 4 bed postpartum room is just terrible! What do you think?

    Then I was surprised, I spoke with a friend from New England who just had her baby and this is something I have never heard of before -- when you get a birthing room that is also the room you stay in for postpartum care! You never get moved to another room or anything, I think that is SO cool (and they are all private obviously).

    I was just wondering what your hospital does and how common the whole private room thing is in the states or if it's just these two hospitals in ontario that have 4 bed wards in PP.
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  3. by   fergus51
    Most newer hospitals have all private rooms in pp or do the LDRP concept rooms (where women labor, deliver, recover and spend their pp time in the same room). Our hospital has some private and some 2 bed rooms.
  4. by   RNsweetie
    Our hospitals have both a LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum) unit which is about 4 years old. Here all moms have own rooms which include phones, TV's bathrooms and large showers (great for laboring in).

    We also have a labor floor (high risk) which moms labor in their own rooms as well but then go to a different floor for postpartum, this postpartum floor usually has 1 or 2 beds in it (and it gets very squishy in there if you have two moms, two babes and all the family you can handle! Don't even think of turning around if one of the mom's had twins!

  5. by   Energizer Bunny
    The hospital I delivered in is all LDRP...pretty good for a rural hospital in the middle of nowhere! LOL!
  6. by   Natalieboo
    haHA! So that's what LDRP means! I thought it was something like that, but having never seen a hospital with an LDRP unit, I wouldn't know! Thanks
  7. by   ChrisA
    The unit on which I volunteer is a postpartum unit with (off the top of my head...) 16 private rooms. Our unit also has a PCN (progressive care nursery) for newborns who need a bit of help. We have a distinct L&D unit and a NICU.

    Since I volunteer there in the evening, one of the most common requests I get is for pillows and blankets for stunned-looking new dads who're going to sleep on the couch in the rooms that night!
  8. by   christinemj
    My area hospital has all LDRP rooms. The loveseats are all pull-outs to accomodate dad. Extra pillows and linen for him can be found in the bottom drawers of the armoirs with TV and stereo system. Cushy little setup.
  9. by   jax
    I was in a 4 bed room when I had my second son ( 2 years ago, in the Southern Hemisphere), it was sooooo noisy , it wasn't the mums and bubs so much, as the constant arrivals and discharges. As soon as 24 hours was up I was home - much quieter there.
  10. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from Natalieboo
    I have been a doula at two hospitals in the area, one has 1 bed and 2 bed, where you have to pay $150 extra a night for the private rooms, and the other hospital has 1 bed, 2 bed and 4 bed wards.
    Holy cow!! $150 extra a night for a private room?! And I thought that $30 a night was pretty steep.

    Up until 2000, most of the hospitals where I live had either private or semi-private rooms, until a new hospital opened with all private PP rooms. Since then, the other hospitals have all caught on how popular this was and they've all gone to private PP rooms. Since I don't live in a progressive city, we have the LDR setup. Wish we had the LDRP's... we will, if the OB patient requests it, it will be built. It may take a while as all the hospitals have renovated since 2000.

    The hospital in which I'm a doula recently opened a brand new women's center. It's very impressive and they are hoping to attract more private patients - this hospital is considered to be the "Medicaid" hospital. It's absolutely beautiful.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    LDRP, and all are private. So are our GYN surgical rooms. The patients love it and so do we. NO HIPAA violations due to roommates and family members listening in. And they sleep better. And it's much cleaner in the bathrooms.
  12. by   ChrisA
    One of the advantages that I see is that in our unit, we'll often get 8 or 12 visitors to a new mom all showing up at once. The whole family seems to troop down after dinner. This is great, of course. I can only imagine that it wouldn't be so great, though, if you were trying to sleep and your room-mate had a dozen visitors.

    Oh, that's another thing, it seems like our unit is the only place in the hospital where the visiting hours go later than 9pm.
  13. by   csales79
    I just gave birth to my son on April 2. I was in a private room the entire time, including while I was in triage to determine if I was in real labor. Once it is determined you are in labor you are moved to a private room that serves as LDRP. I ended up with a c-section so I had to go to surgical recovery but that was also (from what I remember) a private room. And the baby stays in the room with you the entire time which helps you adjust to taking care of a newborn before you are sent home.
  14. by   nekhismom
    We do LDR's. The labor room are private, and really nice. FOr PP, we have some private and some semi-private. All of the rooms are dingy, and pts. often request the labor rooms for their PP stay. The private rooms are small, it's hard to squeeze the baby bed in, much less family. The semi-privates are bigger, but a total pain.

    I, for one, would NOT want to share PP rooms. Too much exposure.

    Actually, with Hipaa, I'm surprised that semi-privates are still legal.