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No, I’m not talking about that creepy movie with the red cloaks and Those We Do Not Speak Of.

I attended a birth for the first time at Village at Pelham.  I had hoped to write a proper review covering how the rooms were set up, how the bed adjusted, and so forth.  However, my client began pushing upon arrival so I wasn’t there long enough to locate the popsicles or extra pillows. 

I’m not complaining, mind you!  It is usually a more positive experience if the mom spends most of her labor outside the hospital.  And, anyway, this hospital plans to close their L&D by the end of the summer.  Still, for what it’s worth, here is what I noticed.

  • When I walked in the main entrance, the receptionist recognized me as a doula (the birth ball is a dead giveaway) and greeted me with hopes that my client would have a happy birth. 
  • Once I walked into L&D, my client’s nurse stopped me in the hall and said, “I know your client is using hypnosis and I don’t want to interrupt her but I need to do an IV.  Can you prepare her for that?”  Nice! 
  • The mom did not push on her back. 
  • No one questioned the family’s decision to decline certain routine procedures for the baby.  The mom had uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact for at least an hour. 
  • And the same sweet lady working the front desk asked me as I left, “She already had her baby??”
  • Anything else?  Oh, the main entrance doors were neat.

That is about all I noticed.  I’m not scheduled to have another birth there before they close so I guess that is my short-lived experience with Village Hospital.

2 responses »

  1. Thanks for this review! Depending on when my daughter decides to be born, I’ll be giving birth either at Village or at Spartanburg Regional. It’s nice to know that if she comes early, I’m likely to have a good experience at Pelham. Now if only I could find a review of Spartanburg Regional … have you written one of those by chance?

  2. Nope–I haven’t been to Spartanburg Regional. Yay for a little girl! How exciting!


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