My sister gave birth Friday afternoon, the baby's name is Madison. She has 2 brothers, Spencer and Evan. The baby is just beautiful, mom and dad happy, grandparents very excited. I took the hour drive to the hospital and back, blissfully alone. An hour in the car without being talked to..it's a rare treat. I do not like the hospital she delivers at tho, I must be thoroughly spoiled by the hospital I've always gone to, but it just seems wrong to be basically left alone so much, and to have to have family go and ask for help all the time. She had a c-section (I've had 2, so I remember how it was) and she came out nauseous, sweating...she sat up suddenly to throw up and got lectured and commanded not to move her bed up after pulling her stitches...but did any nurse look into medicine to help with it, or get her an ice pack?? That would be no. She kept complaining that she was hot, the sweat is dripping down her face and she tells them that the hotter she gets the more she will throw up. Nothing, nada. I had to go and get ice packs for her. She was itching from the morphine...said the same thing happened to her last time...no discussion about getting her something else that won't make her eyeballs itch. Growl... And to top it off, she couldn't get the baby to latch on, she's hot, trying not to throw up, hands shaking as she's holding baby, trying to nurse baby in an almost laying down position because they commanded her to not lift the bed..and she was all alone at that point. No one was checking on her, I was afraid to leave her. She needed a shield, they helped last time...but the lactation nurse was gone and they didn't think they had any around. Hello!! um, people giving birth all day here, a need to keep nursing supplies in stock doesn't come up??
working myself into a rant here. So, o.k. I do not recommend Riverside General Hospital for having a baby..in case I was vague here. lol. kind of... oh, and her room-mate stole her flowers!!
She was hoping to go home the next day if she could talk them into it. can't say I don't blame her!!
on a lighter note...
"Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to your mother's heart, welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, how wondrously blest!"
-Stepping Heavenward by Mrs. E. Prentiss