Hospital Birth Tour Even Though I’m Planning a Home Birth

May 19th, 2010 by

Today, at 36 weeks and 1 day in my pregnancy, we took a tour of the nearby hospital labor and delivery ward where I’d mostly likely go in the event of an emergency transfer. So, although we have a home birth planned (and I am going to do everything in my power to keep it that way), I thought I’d be more relaxed about the whole thing if I knew more about the logistics of that option. I went in there armed with the book, Your Best Birth, because there is a section for hospital tours where Ricki Lake offers a list of questions to ask (I highly recommend this terrific book). We were one couple among four others, and I asked about 95% of the questions. I even stumped the tour guide a couple of times, but she was a trooper and found the answers for me. :)

Here is what I asked and found out:

1. What are the chances I will have a private room? Can baby room with me? – Good news! From the triage area to the labor and delivery room to the post partum room… they are all private with baby rooming in. The labor/delivery room has a TV, DVD player, CD player, mini-fridge, microwave, private bath, etc.

2. Do you honor birth plans? – Yes, they claim that they do and I should bring it with me. (By the way, I recommend having a birth plan written before conceiving if possible. It’s less stressful that way, you have a clear head, and it’s not something you have “to do” while pregnant – you already have enough to do during that time, not to mention the possibility of not feeling well – so get it done beforehand! I will share some details of mine in the near future here on my Green Mommy Blog.)

3. What can I do if I’m not happy with my nurse? – I can get a different one.

4. Who can be in attendance of the birth (in the delivery room)? – Anyone I want pretty much so long as the doctor and nurses can do their jobs.

5. What non-drug pain relief is available? (tub? birth ball? squat bar?) – Each labor/delivery room has a bath tub with jets, and birth balls are available. I’d probably bring my own birth ball.

6. Can I eat or drink during labor? – NO! (Arghhh! I’ve heard that the way around this is simply to sneak it in.)

7. What percent of women get epidurals? – About 99.9%

8. What is your c-section rate? – About 28% (I’m still amazed that about 1 in 3 women get c-sections in this country)

9. Who can accompany me in the operating room if I end up getting a c-section? – Birth coach (a.k.a. my husband for my situation and I would probably push to get my doula or midwife in there, too).

10. Can I wear my own clothing? – Yes.

11. Can I video tape the birth? – Yes. And, photos are also allowed in the operating room for c-sections.

12. Can I have the lights dimmed during my labor and delivery? – That is up to my doctor.

All in all, I was impressed with the hospital and I’m really glad we took the time to tour and ask questions. Heck, it was worth it just to learn the parking situation – that alone could be a nightmare.

Kristen Hospital Birth Tour

May 19th, 2010 by

Kristen Hospital Birth Tour

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Winners of My 3rd Awesome Giveaway – Tillie7 & Bex!

May 9th, 2010 by

Congratulations Tillie7 and Bex! Your names were chosen as the winners of my 3rd??Green Mommy Blog Giveaway. And, guess what? The prize: A??Free Travel Kit by Dr. Alkaitis Skin Food – these products are awesome!??Simply email me with your address so I can get the prize sent to you. (By the way, Bex, it was your blog post entry that won, and, Tillie7, it was your tweet entry that was selected – SEE? THOSE EXTRA ENTRIES WORK!!!)

When asked, ???What Mommy and/or Green related topics do you want to see me cover on Green Mommy Blog????

Here is what Tillie7 had to say???

I would love to hear more about a budget friendly vegan, mostly raw, eco-conscious way of living!! Balancing finances is so difficult in my household (I have been into this lifestyle barely a year yet, so still learning!) especially when remainder of family members who don’t follow my way living, let alone understand wonder why I have to be organic only. This is the way I choose to live and I will not change=) All your recommendations are so lovely I wish I could afford EVERYTHING! =) hehe but that and also newly vegan has been tough…sometimes I feel amazing, days I feel I can barely make it…I am missing something in my diet..what do you suggest on supplements and smart much needed info for (other than B-12) for new vegans?? Thank you soo much Kristen you’re the BEST!

Here is what Bex had to say…

I would love to see posts about ways to help kids be comfortable being vegan and raw and their non-vegan (often omnivorous) friends houses when mommy’s not around.

Green Mommy Blog 3rd Awesome Giveaway – FREE Dr. Alkaitis Skin Food Travel Kit

May 5th, 2010 by

It???s that time again for another awesome giveaway! The prize this time? I???ll draw the names of TWO lucky winners. Each winner will receive the fabulous Dr. Alkaitis Skin Food Travel Pack. It consists of ??(travel size) day cream, night cream, eye cream, cleanser, toner, soothing gel, and treatment oil. I love this little package of goodies – it’s what hooked me on this line (read my 3 secrets to gorgeous skin here where I wrote about Dr. Alkaitis products). Thank you, Trish and Dr. Alkaitis, for sponsoring this awesome giveaway.

Entries will be accepted until May 8th, 2010 at 11:59pm. I will randomly draw two names and announce the winners on Green Mommy Blog May 9th.??*Please note: this giveaway is open to U.S. participants only.

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