has anyone here delivered at st. joseph's? what did you think?
I just had my baby there! All natural and med-free, the only intervention I had (breaking waters for me) was upon my request. I was super nervous about having a hospital birth since I wanted to labor naturally, and in the end it was fine -- a lot of my anxiety was completely unneccesary.
I like that St. Joe's has a nurse-midwifery program -- I saw the midwives there for prenatal care, mostly Donna Tash, who I would highly recommend. Tanya Belcheff delivered my baby (another midwife -- they all rotate who's on call in L&D.) Everyong I interacted with at the hospital was very accomodating to my requests; I didn't want any of the "routine interventions" or hospital protocol and nobody was pushy at all. Allison Waters was my nurse and she was a godsend!!!
The only thing I wish I'd known is that in the recovery room apparantly there is a pink sign that you can put on the door that says "Please do not disturb, I am enjoying private time with my baby." I didn't know that sign existed and had nurses and residents coming in to bug me, check the baby, etc all the time.
Besides the place itself being an utter maze to navigate, I thought it was great. It might not be the most modern of facilities but the care I received was superb.