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Childbirth at Kaiser Hayward
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I'm due in September & we've just found out that we're moving to San Leandro from Oakland. I'd love to hear about people's birth experiences at Kaiser Hayward since it will be closer to us than Oakland (where I had my first child 6 years ago). At that time, I lived super close to the hospital & found even the short drive to be difficult, so though I've gotten all my care at Oakland and know the area well, I'm considering having the baby at Hayward based on distance alone. At Oakland Kaiser I had an incredible L & D experience, but terrible/traumatic after-care (which I won't go into here). I've never been to Kaiser Hayward though and the BPN reviews are out-dated, so I'd love to hear your experiences, including the pros & cons if you know both. Thanks! moving mama
Re: Delivering baby at Kaiser Oakland or Walnut Creek
You've got to take a tour of Kaiser Hayward! I visited several Kaiser hospitals before the birth of my daughter and loved Kaiser Hayward. It is a smaller facility, everyone gets their own private room with a bathroom, and that staff are great. Like Walnut Creek, the majority of the births are attended by midwives at Kaiser Hayward but this was one of the reasons I chose Hayward. Honestly, you are with a nurse 95% of labor and with a doctor or midwife for the last 5% anyway--unless there are problems. My nurse in Hayward was amazing. I was a nervous first time mom who wanted a natural birth and the nurse and midwife helped me through the process. The rooms were great! I hope you can at least tour the facility to see if it is worth your commute (it was for us). I dont know why Walnut Creek gets all the hype. Kaiser Hayward fan.
Re: Childbirth at Kaiser - where to deliver?
I had a fabulous experience at Hayward last year. It was my intention to deliver at Oakland, but when I called to say we were on our way, they said they were full and diverting to Walnut Creek. Called them next and they were full too. They were diverting to Hayward - we didn't even know where that hospital was! In any case, the drive was rough - traffic on 238 was busy as usual. (It was a Friday afternoon.) But, once there, it was great - 25 minutes of pushing with the help of my doulas, husband, fabulous nurses and a wonderful, nurturing mid-wife and out popped baby #2! I don't know about the midwife hours. And, I would think San Rafael would be too far - at least for me. Labor in the car is no fun. All that said, If I were doing it again, I'd choose Oakland for proximity - hands down. -Not sure I helped answer your question.
Has anyone given birth at Kaiser Hayward? I am at the point of chosing health insurance and this is one option. ANY info appreciated. Thanks paula
I gave birth at Kaiser Hayward 3 years ago, so maybe this is a little dated but I had a pretty wonderful experience. After I originally had a random OB(supposedly my doctor) tell me at 3 months I should only gain 15 lbs. during pregnancy (I was closer to being underweight than overweight at that time anyway!!) I switched to the midwife program there. My midwife, Susan Snydall was wonderful and actually ended up delivering my baby as well. Atleast then, the midwives were in the hospital from 8 am-8pm weekdays (there are 3) with doctors the rest of the time. When I was admitted at 3am the doctors and nurses put a lot of presure on me to get an IV, lie down, keep the monitor on, etc. But once the midwife got there in the morning she gave me juice and food and put me in the shower, encouraged me to move around. Anyone with a low risk pregnancy can transfer to the midwife program, this means you see a midwife for every appointment instead of alternating between the OB and nurse practic. but when you are in the hospital is still luck as to who you get really delivering the baby. It was annoying the difference between the narrow minded doctors and calm gentle midwives but that's kaiser for you I guess. It can be really wonderful but you have to find the right doctor or nurse. Also if you are in the midwife program you are much more likely to have your care provider deliver your baby because they are delivering babies much more than the regular doctors. Furthermore, the lactation nurses at Hayward are very wonderful resourceful women who have a million tricks in their sleeve. The benefit of delivering at a hospital is definately the lactation nurses. I think they also have a similar program in San Rafael which maybe closer.
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