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  1. #6
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    Nov 2011
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    I haven't seen the show, but the hospital that I gave birth in was in Brooklyn, in a family friendly/trendy area. The hospital room that I gave birth in kind of had a "hotel room" look that was kind of amusing to me. It had a TV/DVD player on a big console and a (broken!) tub and some easy chairs. The bed was pretty large and nice. It had hospital details though, it wasn't completely free of those kind of things. And the horrible lighting and a huge spotlight that came out of the ceiling when it was show time!

    No swing though. That sounds interesting!

  2. #8
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    Jul 2013
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    Not to my knowledge. Some more progressive hospitals have converted to a Birth Center model that have more natural options like tubs in the room (for laboring not delivery). Otherwise, if you want a natural birth, you get the same room as any other vaginal birther. Some cities and towns have midwife-run Birth Centers (some affiliated with local hospitals in case of transfer), but I've never heard of an OBGYN that works in a outside birth center. But I live in the South and we're pretty stuck in a hospital only model. Direct entry midwives can't legally practice in a lot of southern states. Luckily, I'm in one that does allow midwife assisted homebirths, which is what we're hoping to have barring complications. If all goes well, it is actually going to be a good deal cheaper to have a homebirth or even the free-standing center than to have a hospital birth.
    Maura
    mama to
    Flannery Katherine

  3. #10
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    Apr 2013
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    Typically (at least in this area) hospitals are not equipped like that, but we do have specialized "birthing centers" which are not attached to a medical hospital, but are designed for natural childbirth. However, the closest birthing center to my home (which is 5 minutes from a hospital and has probably a half dozen hospitals within twenty minutes) is over an hour away.
    Lillian Elizabeth 6.16.13

  4. #12
    I agree that it depends on where you live. I live in a medically progressive city/state and about half of the hospitals in my city have "birthing centers" that are very friendly to natural childbirth (midwives, birthing pools, bars, balls, etc.), but also have NICUs and full medical staff if needed. The hospital where I had my son (and am about to have my daughter) also allows doulas in operating rooms, should an emergency c-section be necessary, which pretty much blew my doula away (it was a fairly new policy three years ago). There are also several "childbirth collectives" in the area that are attended by certified nurse midwives with similar facilities (as well as hospital transport connections).

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