I had a tour of the hospital and was not thrilled... looking for someone who delivered there / knows someone who did and what were their thoughts??
Both of my kids were born there.
What were you not thrilled about and maybe I can elaborate. I had a perfectly fine experience both times.
I had a wonderful nurse with Chase- that REALLY went above and beyond and stayed with me for 2hrs helping me breath as I waited for my epidural (Anes. doctor was in emergency surgery)- I don't think I could have gotten through those contractions without her coaching.
I delivered at Bryn Mawr for my first, I was also a transfer from the Birth Center. I thought the nurses were great (they are the ones that make the experience for you). I don't even remember the name of the OB who came in for the last few minutes and delivered my baby, she honestly played such a small role in a very long ordeal.
The facilities were ok, nothing great, but there is always a chance that you may have to share a room if it is crowded. That alone made me deliver at Lankenau for my second child. They have all private rooms and the nurses were also wonderful there....
lraley:I delivered at Bryn Mawr and had an awful experience. They do not tell you this ahead of time, but if you go into labor on the weekend, only one doctor from all three practices is on call. So I had a doctor from a completely different practice and she refused to see me until I was having issues pushing. When I got there only two other people were in labor. The doctor arrived shortly after me and and spent a lot of time with the other two patients because they went to her practice. My family talked with their families in the waiting area and that is how I know this. And the one woman was having her third child and was joking and laughing and having a good time with the doctor and I was having my first child, so this was all new for me. She told me she was going to use the vacuum on me and gave me no choice. And to top it off (it took my husband a year to tell me this) she almost dropped my daughter! The first nurse I had was awful! She was not supportive about bfing and actually took it upon herself to give my daughter a bottle. My Mom and sister walked in during this and flipped. You know it is bad when the president of the hospital comes in to apologize and personally called the doctor to tell her she was inappropriate. She also gave us free meal tickets and parking tickets. The rest of the time I had great nurses! Obviously, this is just my experience. I am going to deliver at Paoli next time.
Unfortunately I've heard more stories like this than positive experiences.
My OB at the time (Dr. Hirschman in KOP) told me right away that I may have a doctor from a different practice deliver the baby. Maybe they leave that up to the docs to tell their patients. Who knows.
Anyway, the only bad I can say is that you have to pay for parking at BM and I really did NOT like the lactation consultant. She is their head one (I am blanking on her name). I had DS1 there in August 2009.
I had my DS2 at Paoli in September. The parking was free and the LC was wonderful! Besides those two things, my experiences were pretty much identical.