August 04, 2010

Birth Center Tour

Yesterday evening D rushed from work to meet me at the hospital where we will deliver our little baby birdie. We went on the tour of the birth center and it's kind of nerdy and ridiculous how much fun this was for us. It was small and intimate and our tour guide, Janis, is amazing and I wish so much that she could be our doctor or at least nurse, but she only teaches the classes. Luckily we'll be able to spend more time with her and her amazing energy through our Lamaze and Newborn Care classes. She made many of my anxieties disappear over the short course of 45 minutes and I'm now 110% sure that we've made the right decision to give birth at Castle. Everything is so much more intimate, they let loose and give you personalized options instead of THESE ARE OUR RULES. YOU MUST FOLLOW. NO THIS. NO THAT, BOTTOM LINE. I feel that Castle is the closest equivalent to a comfortable at home birth that you could get, but still having the "comfort things" that I feel are necessary.. like medical instruments/supplies/abilities that you wouldn't have at home. You know, the "just in cases" that just give me a better peace of mind. I've of course considered all options for our birth plan but in the end, I need to be in a hospital. Tonight we're finally writing out our birth plan. We've already known what we hope for, but now we'll have it on paper to share with our doctors and feel a little more prepared and on the same page with them. I took some pictures, but they're all blurry because I would wait until everyone left the room and then snap a picture really quick and rush off to catch up so I wouldn't miss anything. Forgive my rushed attempts at photography.

This is where we will be meeting our baby girl in 2 1/2 months:
The "Entrance to Parenthood."
Janis, in one of the rooms. I love that you get your own room the entire time. They never move you unless you have an unexpected cesarean birth, then they move you only for the surgery, then right back to your room. They each have either a garden or mountain view and it's own bathroom with a deep jacuzzi tub if you want to be in the water while laboring. Also, they allow you to bring just about whatever/whomever you'd like, are very accommodating to your specific needs and there are only 10 rooms in the whole facility so you have a closer more personal experience with the staff.
Opposite side of room with equipment, the fridge and a television. Although we'll be watching none of that! Music and focus on the moment for us all the way.
Above & below: Silly pictures of the bathroom. 

I have to say, seeing the place got me pretty amped to do this already! I've been stalling in my mind, scared of what's to come and pretending like labor is in the very far off distance as a defense mechanism against my anxiety. But now I feel empowered... and just from going on the tour! I can't wait for the other classes. Man oh man, only 2 1/2 months to go. That's only 10 weeks till parenthood people!
WOAH.

12 comments:

  1. oh man! that's awesome you get your own room. i had to share a room for like a day. i had wyatt in my own room because i was lucky enough to have him on a slow day. and then they moved us to share a room with this other chick (awful) and then for the rest of the week (yes we were there a week because wyatt's weight dropped below what they'd like) we were in our own room again. it really is important to have your own room. i can't even stress to you enough.

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  2. i know! i've heard this from so many mothers and i'm really happy that it worked out that way at Castle.

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  3. Eek! 10 weeks (or less) till parenthood! Glad you were able to take your tour :)

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  4. I can't even imagine sharing a room! You are already super self conscious about everything, it would just be awful. I bet seeing the room and setup gave you such peace of mind...that was something I wanted to do but they wouldn't let me unless I signed up for a thing they call "tea and tour". LAME.

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  5. janis bush right? shes my friends mom and we took the 5 hour childbirth basics class from her. shes pretty cool. i LOVED my birthing experience at castle, staying in your own (huge!) room the whole time was really nice and its true, i was able to have as many visitors as i wanted although only my bf and mom were in the room during delivery. i think you'll really enjoy it there too. oh and i freaking loved the meals they served me once i was finally able to eat again!

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  6. Allie: Tea and Tour? As in, they actually served tea? Straaaaaaaange if that's the case no wonder you didn't sign up!

    Alissa: Yep, Janis Bush is the bomb! I'm only having D and my mom in the room during delivery too.. but it will be nice having visitors a while afterwards. Janis was telling us about the amazing food too! They have a vegetarian cafeteria but that's fine with me if it tastes good ;o)

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  7. I love reading posts like this. I was not given the luxury of having a choice of a birth center. I had medical issues going into pregnancy and knew for ME that I had to deliver at a hospital. I really wanted the option to labor in water or while walking...but in all I still had a very empowering and amazing experience. Lucky for me I never shared a room. I am very excited for you. Nothing in this world beat the moment you lay eyes on your little one and it only gets better by the day. I love being a mommy.

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  8. oh...and the hospital I delivered both of my kids at was also vegetarian...woot! the only downside was that it was caffeine free.... so if my hubby needed his coffee fix he'd go out and bring coffee back for him.

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  9. It's important for me to be in a hospital as well... and I'm just so glad that it will be such a comforting hospital!

    This vegetarian cafe actually does have coffee but D doesn't really do the whole coffee/caffeine thing anyway. Plus we're bringing all our own food to keep in our room fridge so that he'll never have a reason to leave my side before the baby's born. We'll see how that works out, I'm sure there will be something! haha

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  10. oh the cafeteria is vegetarian but the meals they serve the patients arent. so you'll get meat dishes unless you specify other wise i think. and you get tea with each meal too :]

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  11. Ahhh I see... either way it sounds delish!

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