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Would you deliver your baby at your place of employment?


I just found out that I'm pregnant (yay!) and debating whether I should choose my ob from where I work or choose another hospital. By the way I work in PP so I'm pretty familiar with the OB team.

Pros: I have awesome co-workers and know they would take excellent care of me

Cons: My job is 45 minutes away and the OB I prefer has a really busy practice and I'm not sure if she would be able to truly dedicate a lot of time to me. Patients love her but complain about the wait for appts.

So my question is: What are reasons you would or would not have a baby at your place of employment.

xoemmylouox, ASN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

I would if it would make it easier with scheduling of your appointments, if it saves you $$$ because of better insurance coverage, etc. I chose an OB through my employer. It make scheduling and keeping my appointments (especially when they became every week) so easy. Plus I trusted the provider as I knew who she was. It made things akward at first with the staff, but by the time it was all said and done there was nothing left to be embarassed about.

I did, wasn't weird at all. Also came in handy when I went into preterm labor at work and had to spend a couple days in the hospital.

nrsang97, BSN, RN

Specializes in Neuro ICU and Med Surg. Has 20 years experience.

I delivered where I worked at the time. I didn't know anyone in OB at all. I could have went elsewhere, but I knew if there was a complication with myself or my son that at least we could be in the same hospital. I had a good experience.

I had my baby where I worked. I knew no one in OB anyway.

blondy2061h, MSN, RN

Specializes in Oncology. Has 15 years experience.

Not if I worked postpartum because I wouldn't want my coworkers inspecting my vag. But that's just me.


Has 5 years experience.

The insurance provided by my hospital only pays if we deliver in our hospital so there isn't much of a choice. If I had a choice I would not deliver there just because there are better facilities in my area to deliver. I do know that if I were to be admitted to the hospital I would want it to be on the floor in which I work because I trust my coworkers to give me the best care.

vintage_RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 7 years experience.

Nope, because my hospital doesn't have a maternity unit ;)


Specializes in Operating Room. Has 9 years experience.

I did with my first and will do it again whenever I have #2. I don't work in OB though. If I did, my decision would probably be different. Not because I don't love my hospital, but because I wouldn't my coworkers watching me give birth...and they probably wouldn't want to see it either!:rolleyes:

HyperSaurus, RN, BSN

Specializes in NICU. Has 9 years experience.

I won't have much choice. I work in NICU, but our NICU is attached to the L&D/PP unit, so I'm familiar with the L&D nurses. The idea doesn't bother me too much, I suppose.

Ruas61, BSN, RN

Specializes in MDS/ UR. Has 39 years experience.

No, not given other options.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pedi. Has 10 years experience.

I wouldn't, because it would be a pretty bad idea to try to deliver a baby in the office of a small home health agency where none of the nurses in the office have ever worked L&D... especially given that I'd likely be considered "high risk" given my medical history.

The hospital I worked in didn't have maternity services either so this is a non-issue for me. I wouldn't seek medical care at my place of employment at all though. I don't need my co-workers all up in my business.

Here.I.Stand, BSN, RN

Specializes in SICU, trauma, neuro. Has 16 years experience.

Congratulations! I delivered three of mine in the hospitals where I worked at, mostly for insurance reasons. Convenience was a big factor with my last one too b/c the clinic is under the same roof as the hospital; I scheduled my prenatals first thing in the a.m., after my shift was over.

I delivered in the hospital where I worked, and I was in L&D at the time. First two kids were in small hospital and I was treated like a queen :)

My third was in a different state after we'd moved, and I was still working in L&D. It was a much larger hospital, and I knew all of the L&D staff, but didn't know the pp nurses. I loved my OB's, and actually picked them because I saw what good practitioners they were and also had good relationships with their patients.


Specializes in Labor/Delivery, Pediatrics, Peds ER. Has 20 years experience.

I did, although at the time, I was a student, and had already done my L&D/PP rotation. I didn't know any of the nurses in the L&D unit, because I went to the hospital and delivered during the night shift, so I didn't know any of them. I was only in L&D about five hours. However, I did know some of the nurses on PP, some of them mostly because they were friends of my mom, who had only recently stopped working the PP unit. It was interesting at times, but it definitely had its pluses. I received plenty of visits from my fellow students while on PP, because they lived on site, and that was fun. I do not remember any of the PP checks in particular. :) So if I was embarrassed, it didn't last long!

I would not, but I am pretty private about my personal life. I had major abdominal surgery in the hospital in which I worked (as a case manager/discharge planner) and had one heluva time keeping my co-workers away. I did not want visitors except for immediate family, and every single one of my coworkers, who spent the day running from floor to floor anyway, was convinced that the huge "NO VISITORS" sign did NOT apply to THEM!! In fact, I heard several of them arguing with my assigned nurse when she (blessedly) stopped them from coming into my room.

In addition, even though it IS a HIPAA violation, I did not want them in my chart..... which they could have looked at sort of "legally" for my d/c plans!!!

On a final note, it has been my expereince that oftimes when the staff knows you are a nurse, they cut way back on the teaching, thinking that you "know all that stuff, anyway". If we are an inpatient in an area we have never worked or studied, we can be JUST as clueless as a "civilian".

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in OB-Gyn/Primary Care/Ambulatory Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

I would and I have. I work with an AWESOME midwife team and I know they would take excellent care of me. Plus, unless I want to pay OOP, that's what my insurance covers.