I was planning on delivering at HSV Hospital, but we took a tour of Crestwood and really liked the slow pace there. Where did you deliver and what were the pros/cons?
We delivered at Crestwood, and it was awesome. The only negative for us was that the day I delivered, the hospital was really busy so we got stuck in a very small surgery room instead of a post-partum room. However, my overall experience was so good and I would go back again. The nurses are so nice and attentive. You can tell they really enjoy what they do.
Given the choice, I would definitely choose Crestwood.
You are going to get a lot of different answers on this...my opinion is that it's all in personal choice.
I delivered at H'ville and I had an awesome experience. The only thing I wish they did differently was have two beds in the post partum rooms like Crestwood does so DH wouldn't have had to sleep on a tiny couch. There were 8 babies born the same day as DD and never once did I feel like the nurses were too busy, rushed, or hurried. I had a c/s and they were really great with after care and got me anything I needed. I plan on using H'ville again if I have a second child.
I love love love Huntsville Hosp. It's where I was born, and where I've gone (tons of x) ever since. I also worked there, and I delivered my son there. They have amazing nurses and I love them.
My favorite thing about HH, and prob the biggest thing to me is HH has the only regional NICU. Crestwood has a NICU, but HH's is larger and if something is complicated your baby will be transferred to HH anyways. Pretty much LO's from all over AL come to HH if their hospital or nicu cannot provide the best care.
I had both of my babies at HH. I had both a terrible experience (first) and a great experience with my second baby.
I had scheduled c-sections both births so I can't comment on L&D. With my first, I had a really bad experience with the nurses - they were just really too busy to pay good enough attention to me. I think the day Avery was born, there were 22 other babies born!
With my second, since I had such a miserable time w/ HH I was planning on delivering (via c-section) at CW, however I ended up having to deliver early unexpectedly and since my OB's office is connected to HH - that's where we went. My OB (Delisle) is very conservative and he said he had some concerns with the anasthesia department at CW and really prefers to deliver at HH.
With my 2nd baby - my nurses, the pre-op nurse, everyone was AMAZING. Really. I was really upset I had to deliver at HH but the nurses I had the 2nd time around really really was amazing.
I BF'd both of my babies and the nurses were very supportive of it. I sent my kids to the nursery both times too so I could try to recover. The nurses did NOT give my babies formula or anything - they brought the babies to me to nurse every 2-3 hours. With Ryan (my 2nd), he wanted to suck suck suck and the 2nd night, the nurse asked me if she could give him a pacifier to soothe him. I was ok with this but very glad she asked me before just doing it.
I would recommend touring both hospitals and going with your gut feeling but also know, that your plans can and WILL change! I speak from experience!