Note: we're Canadian ex-pats living in a UK territory. Had first son at home in Canada with MWs. They offer home birth here but I got rejected for one last week by the head midwife here because they consider being GBS+ as high risk. :: eye roll:: (was GBS+ last time and had a home birth) I am pretty sure she just didn't want to have to have anyone on call for home birth over the holidays. They only do a few HBs here out of the 800+ babies that are born on the island each year.
We went for a L&D tour last night. Thought I would share because we're in the UK and I never saw a L&D ward in Canada.
The delivery rooms are set-up well for laboring. They had huge bean bags and thick mats on the floor so you can labor on all fours or lean over something. Looked really comfy.
You can dim the lights and they encourage it. Beds were raised so you can lean over them. Each room has a CD player and iPod doc/speaker.
The tour guide also teaches a prenatal class and was talking about how they discourage women from lying down on the bed because it doesn't help labor. They are very pro med-free birth which is encouraging.
This is a very small hospital: there are only 4 delivery suites!
They have two inflatable birth pools and then one fancy birth pool room. It has special lights and is gorgeous. Fingers crossed I get it.
The bad: I've realized I just really don't like hospitals and having my first as a home birth spoiled me. It was such a peaceful experience with no moving rooms, getting in car or dealing with care providers I didn't know.
I'm probably just lazy but the whole hospital delivery route sounds exhausting and distracting. Getting up to the hospital while in labor, laboring in a curtained off area until I get to 6-8cms and then moving to the delivery suite.
THEN most likely be put in a 4 bed room with other new moms for 24 hours and not getting any sleep from the noise of nurses coming and going and other moms and new babies. Last time I was all tucked into my own bed with DS and DH a few hours after birth and feeling awesome.
There is also no bathroom or shower attached to these 4 bed rooms. You have to go down the hall.
So I'm both happy and relieved that I've seen the place and know what to expect but still bummed out that I'm having a baby in the hospital. It's too late for other options like moving back to Canada for the birth.
And after researching more about GBS I've decided to not get tested again and that getting the antibiotics is the right choice for me.
Also, because I am GBS+ and will probably have a quick labor based on last time, I can't just show up ready to push.
I've decided that if the timing works out I might leave 6 hours after delivery and then send DH up with the baby for the 24 hr newborn check (it's supposed to be really quick).
As we were leaving I asked DH what he thought and he said, it was nice but having a baby at home just seems easier and more comfortable. Couldn't agree more.