I was so excited because I thought I was going to be able to deliver at UCSD...Well, I had to change doctors and now I will deliver at Balboa. Has anyone delivered there or heard any stories? I read a few horrow stories online.
First let me congratulate you on your pregnancy!! I delivered my daughter two months ago today at Balboa! I too was worried about delivering at Balboa, or any military hospital fir that matter, but I must say all went well and I felt very supported. I do have to say the ob clinic is very hard to deal with as they are so busy, appt are short and make sure you go in with a list of questions, otherwise you will forget with the short time you have with he provider. However once you reach 20 weeks any concerns you have you report to the labor and delivery deck instead of the ER and this was a wonderful resource to have. My daughter was born at 37 weeks unexpectedly via csection. She was breech and I had gone in for a version where they try to manually move her, but her heart decelerated twice and the doctor didn't want to chance me going home and having something happen to her so she was delivered two hours later! The staff is who made it possible for me to get through. Especially the anesthesiologist who kept talking to me during the surgery to keep me preoccupied and the staff was supportive afterwards as well! If you have any specific questions please don't hesitate to ask. Also I saw Dr. Wood on teal team and she was great! No matter how busy she was she always had time for questions!
In regards to having to be at balboa I believe if you change from Tricare prime to standard who would have the option of going to whoever you want, but there may be a co-pay and I think once you make the decision to switch out of prime you can't go back for at least a year. Hope this helps.
By the way get as much rest as you can, I'm not kidding
Thanks! I don't want to switch insurance...I'm happy to be paying zilch..
How were the facilities? Was it pretty nice? I will have the option of going to a clinic off base and I have a friend who goes there and she said it's fine. I think I am just worried that the staff will be pushy and super young and I won't get to have the birth plan I want.