I had an absolutely horrible time at West Boca. I could care less what their nicu is rated....it is a level 3 which means that it can take babies less than 28 weeks...Boca Regional can take any baby delivered after 28 weeks or around there but most of their Nicu nurses have been trained in a level 3 nicu.
I would never go to West Boca ever again. The nursing care was horrendous and they allowed me to go home with a pulmonary embolism because they wouldn't call my dr.'s about the chest pain i was having. I had a problem breathing for two months after having my daughter.
I have no idea about boca regional, but I am hoping it is much better and i get much better care! I have heard five other people in real life that had terrible traumatic experiences at West Boca also. I actually have been thinking of writing a letter to the state medical board about this hospital.
i have no idea how they get the ratings they get because basically i have talked to many women that have delivered there and no one had a great experience. Sorry this is such a strong post, but i would never want anyone to go through what i went through.
If your child needs the level three nicu they will transport them to west boca.
Though I have never delivered at Boca Regional, if I had the choice I would definitely deliver there based on the feedback I have received from friends who have delivered there. My midwife delivers at West Boca and Bethesda, so West Boca is definitely the better choice in my case.
I delivered at West Boca in December of 2009. My experience was just ok, although several of my friends who delivered there have had glowing reviews.
The delivery nurses were hit or miss, some were great, some not so great. During the hospital tour I was told 90% of the time patients were given a private room with 2 beds, 1 of which your husband could sleep in. I unfortunately was in the 10% who did not get a private room because the unit was too full. I had to share a room and bathroom for the 1st night postpartum (she left the next day and my husband was able to stay with me the 2nd night). It was uncomfortable, but not as bad as I expected. The worst part was being without my husband over night the same day I delivered my daughter. The postpartum nurses were all excellent, no complaints there at all.
One other thing that bothered me was because my daughter had jaundice and had to spend a lot of time in the nursery getting light treatments. I understand this was a necessity, but the nursery nurses weren't sympathetic at all to us and seemed annoyed when we got upset after they would rush a feeding, etc. We really wanted to bond with our newborn daughter and weren't allowed into the nursery to sit with her, we could only watch her through the window. It was really tough. I have since done research on this and found these type of treatments a lot of time can be done in the patients room and/or parents are able to sit with their children in the nursery so they can still do diaper changes, etc.
I am pregnant again and decided to deliver once again at West Boca. I love my midwife and really didnt want to change practitioners. Ultimately I felt excellent prenatal care and good enough labor, delivery, and postpartum care was the best choice for me. Hopefully I will have a better experience at West Boca this time around.
I had my DD at West Boca via c-section. Though I have nothing to compare it to, as she is my first, overall I had a pleasant experience. The nurses that I had were very accommodating and helpful after my surgery. They were also very helpful with breastfeeding issues and just explaining things to a new mom. Though some were better than others, I didn't have any issues with any of them.
We did not have a private room, but DH was able to stay with me all 3 nights postpartum in the second bed in my room. (thankfully)
We had a very positive experience and when we have # 2 we will be going back to West Boca.
I have always heard glowing reviews about Boca Regional from both other moms as well as from the OBs and midwives in my doctor's office, so we'll be delivering there.
Just out of curiosity, what negative things have you heard about Boca Regional (aside from the NICU)?