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Old 09-17-2019, 09:22 PM
 
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Three deliveries at valley, no c-sections, private room with nice tv, super attentive nurses, piano player in the lobby and valet parking. Good soups in the restaurant too! Lactation nazis, I mean consultants, are annoying.
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Old 09-17-2019, 09:49 PM
 
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Three deliveries at valley, no c-sections, private room with nice tv, super attentive nurses, piano player in the lobby and valet parking. Good soups in the restaurant too! Lactation nazis, I mean consultants, are annoying.
Yeah, the food in Kurth Cottage is GOOD. I was there for a week four years ago when my mom had a quad bypass, and I ate there at least once a day. Meanwhile, my cousin's son was in labor and finally delivered a son. The whole family was wandering around the hospital. We thought for a bit one might be coming in, one going out, but Mom pulled through and is still with us.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:57 AM
 
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thank you all for the feedback. This is all very helpful. Still hunting for a doctor now but definitely leaning more towards Englewood
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:20 AM
 
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Our first was born at Columbia Presbyterian in Washington Heights and so we drove into New York for the second and we were coming from a lot further away than just across the river. Their facilities are amazing and the valet parking is weirdly exactly what you need when you drive up with a pregnant lady, can't recommend them enough if you're willing to look across the GWB.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:12 PM
 
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speaking for the medical staff: definitely valley over englewood.
Above is right. Our first one was born in Englewood. We chose it due to the low C-section rate plus also had a doula. We used to live in Secaucus and Meadowlands hospital was 5 mins away from our house then but we still chose Englewood.

Our second one was born in Valley. I would have preferred Englewood but we had moved and Valley was now 10 mins away. In Valley too we had a doula. Birth was very fast. Doula had to do nothing but sit and watch.

Yes docs matter but hospital policies matter too. I remember Englewood birth took a long time and hospital doc/nurse in charge probably did not like our ob/doctor waiting so long for natural birth.

And yes valley nurses were very amazing, each and every one of them. Englewood nurses, most of them, were grumpy. It's as if they were not being paid enough.

Hackensack C-rate is very high for first time moms. Maybe difficult cases are sent there and hence the high rates.

Pick a NICU Level 3 hospital if you have an option.

Also consider Holy name hospital. Low c-rates.

For me food, valet parking, private rooms and TV is secondary. Zero influence on hospital decision. In fact we went to Englewood inspire of knowing it was semi private rooms. I think now even they have private rooms

This NJ forum & other forums helped me a lot during those days to decide on the hospital.

And best of luck !

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Old 09-22-2019, 07:27 PM
 
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speaking for the medical staff: definitely valley over englewood, but if you insist on delivering in NJ i'd go to hackensack. while we lived in fort lee i delivered both my kids at new york hospital (cornell). best decision i ever made. they have one of the highest rated NICUs in the country. as it turns out my daughter was a premie so it was a great relief to have the best care we could give her.
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Our first was born at Columbia Presbyterian in Washington Heights and so we drove into New York for the second and we were coming from a lot further away than just across the river. Their facilities are amazing and the valet parking is weirdly exactly what you need when you drive up with a pregnant lady, can't recommend them enough if you're willing to look across the GWB.

Honestly, I think I would be too paranoid having my wife’s hospital in the city for a child birth. Traffic is too unpredictable and imagine she goes into labor during rush hour?! The baby might be born on the GW or in one of the tunnels!
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Old 10-03-2019, 11:48 AM
 
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thank you all for all these information. This is my second baby and having had my first delivery in NYC with a emergency C section, a private room this time is a must for me. I just went to see an OB yesterday and not sure I like the doctor so will be switching the whole practice to perhaps doctors affiliated with Valley
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Old 10-03-2019, 08:52 PM
 
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Honestly, I think I would be too paranoid having my wife’s hospital in the city for a child birth. Traffic is too unpredictable and imagine she goes into labor during rush hour?! The baby might be born on the GW or in one of the tunnels!
Labors aren't really as dramatic as films would have you believe. It was always 12 hours after we got to the hospital until we were given a little squishy person.
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Old 10-04-2019, 09:14 AM
 
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Labors aren't really as dramatic as films would have you believe. It was always 12 hours after we got to the hospital until we were given a little squishy person.

True but I would be worried sick that we would spend two hours out of these 12 crawling in the GWB traffic with no epidural available. And then a guy would need to essentially live in the hospital for a few days? I don't know about you but I was in the hospital helping my wife practically all day. But then around 10:30 pm or so, I drove 12-15 minutes on empty roads, showered and slept well in my own bed...
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Old 10-04-2019, 01:10 PM
 
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Labors aren't really as dramatic as films would have you believe. It was always 12 hours after we got to the hospital until we were given a little squishy person.


Haha, not all labors. I live less than 3/4 of a mile from the hospital and I barely made it before I had my 2nd. I didn't even have time to get into a gown or get into an L&D room. I was checked in at 12:40pm and baby out by 12:56pm....in an operating room off the ER, where I walked in.

I had been going back and forth between Englewood and Hoboken hospital for so long, and I was SO GLAD i picked Hoboken in the end because they were fabulous and I would have my baby in the car if I'd gone anywere further.
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