I'm in Vancouver. I gave birth at SW Washington Medical Center- they were amazing. I liked that you stay in one room for everything, and that they come to you for all the newborn tests/procedures. Our LO never left our birthing suite except when we took her to walk up and down the halls during recovery.
The biggest cons to giving birth in Portland would be:
1. An Oregon birth certificate- not a huge deal, but something to think about.
2. Vacine records in Washington are kept in a state data base. Helpful if you change doctors or insurance (this includes ones given at birth). The data base doesn't link to Oregon.
3. Depending on your labor, you want to be close to your hospital. I went from 5 cm to 9 cm in 20 min while being admitted. I would not have made it too far away!
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