After deciding to use the CNM, we needed to choose a new hospital for Tully's delivery, either St. Francis South (SFS) or SouthCrest (SC). Kim called both hospitals to see how busy they were. Since SFS wasn't too busy, we toured the labor and delivery area.
For moms-to-be and future moms-to-be, here are a few questions you might want to ask when touring the labor and delivery area at your local hospital.
- Is there a nursery?
- If there is a nursery,
- how soon is the baby taken to the nursery after delivery?
- do babies room in with mom, or do they stay in the nursery until mom calls?
- How long does mom stay in the labor and delivery room before being transferred to the postpartum recovery room?
- Is there a NICU?
- If there is no NICU,
- where will baby be transferred, if needed?
- will mom be transferred with the baby? (There are cases where baby will be admitted to a different hospital for NICU care, and mom will not be discharged from the hospital where the delivery took place.)
- How do you feel about patients who request a natural childbirth?
- How do you feel about intermittent vs. continuous fetal monitoring?
- How do you feel about patients who wish to only have a hep-lock (i.e. IV hookup only) vs having the actual IV fluids connected?
For those who are curious and may be considering a midwife instead of an obstetrician, I found the following info online. I would also note that CNMs can also provide basic gynecological care, so I am considering Kim for this as well.
A Certified Nurse Midwife is an Advanced Practice Nurse who has specialized education and training in both Nursing and Midwifery. CNMs function as primary healthcare providers for women and most often provide medical care for relatively healthy women, whose birth is considered uncomplicated and not "high risk," as well as their neonate. CNMs in most states are required to possess a minimum of a graduate degree such as the Master of Science in Nursing or Post-Master's Certificate. CNMs must also hold an active Registered Nurse license in the state in which they practice. They practice in hospitals and medical clinics and may also deliver in birthing centers or attend at-home births. They are able to prescribe some medications, treatments, medical devices, and therapeutic and diagnostic measures in all 50 states. While their specific scope of practice will vary from state to state, in most states they provide medical care to women from puberty through menopause.