i delivered both my boys there, and my brother and i were born there as well.
it was a great experience (2nd better than first since i knew what to expect). i did not do any classes b/c I ended up in hospital for PTL the weekend of our class.
I delivered there and had a great experience. The food was meh but my overall care was fantastic!! I choose to go med-free too and they were very receptive to my wishes. No real complaints. I was billed my co-pay through the mail about a month after. GL!
ETA: I didn't take classes. I did do the hospital tour though.
I delivered my first two children there (I was also born there 32 years ago!). It was fine, the things I didn't like about it are just inherent to delivering in a large hospital...I felt like a number the second time around, they did mention that September is crazy-busy, and my post-partum nurses kinda sucked. Had to pay to park, and it was far from home, but again, that's situational to us. I delivered my third up at Northside Forsyth and LOVED it. Quiet, free/easy parking, close to our home, and very attentive staff. However, I didn't have my mid-wife, and the doctor that happened to be on-call when I needed to be induced was not my favorite, but the trade-offs were more than worth it to me.
We did take the classes, and they were good. Again, the convenience of Northside Forsyth just cannot be beat for us (they did not open until after our second was born, which is why we only had our last there, plus we did not live up there for our first anyway). Cost is completely dependent on your own insurance coverage.
seahorse102410:I thought it was great. I really couldn't have asked for more. I didn't want to leave!
This! I fantasized about the hospital for months! The service! The nursery! The hospitality!
This!! only problem i had was a nurse i had on night shift kinda sucked... but my dayshift nurse was amazing i didn't want to leave her!
I am a Postpartum Doula and a Baby Night Nurse, I have worked with a lot of families that have given birth at Northside hospital. They have only good things to say about their experiences there. I had to help three families while they were still in the hospital and everyone was professional and courteous to me. I hope you will have a great birthing experience where ever you choose to go.
I had by first 2 girls at NS Atlanta, the second time was better than the first. More attention from nursing and I lucked out and got the LCs to come sooner than later. It was 2009 then 2011. I had c-sections both times so knew what to expect the second go around, which i think kinda helps too.
I am now pregnant with #3 and am delivering at Emory Johns Creek, another c-section. I did not want to have to go back to NS Atlanta- its further from home and very LARGE when it comes to maternity. I want to be closer to home and also have more personalized care.
I never took any of the Northside labor classes but I did take a free class at Piedmont on Breastfeeding in 2009. It was an awesome class.