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Old 01-08-2009, 03:16 PM
 
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Default Having a baby at Bethesda - any thoughts?

Just wondering if anyone has had a baby at Bethesda and what your experience was like.
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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you mean the hospital? Is it called Suburban? Everyone I've known has delivered at Sibley (DC, but easy to get to from Bethesda), Holy Cross (Silver Spring), or Shady Grove. I wasn't aware Bethesda's hospital even offered maternity services.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:57 PM
 
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Sorry, I meant the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:46 PM
 
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Oh, of course. I'm sorry.
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Old 01-10-2009, 07:57 PM
 
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I had my first at Shady Grove and my second at Frederick Memorial Hospital (because she would have come in the car if we had tried to make it to Shady Grove again. . .). Both experiences were wonderful - loved both hospitals.

My only advice I could give to anyone having a baby at any hospital is to try to stay out of it until the last possible minute. . . once you arrive, you are automatically put on the doctor's timetable. if that labor isn't progressing as "normal" (read - fast) as the doctor would like, you will be assisted along with major medical interventions.

When the mere mention of your name in a soft tone by your husband/boyfriend/partner/labor coach is enough to make you want to kill someone, you are far enough along in labor to head to the hospital. If you are laughing and giggling while watching TV and eating chips in between the contractions, you most likely have a ways to go (especially if it is your first).

Good luck and happy laboring!
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:54 AM
 
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I would advice anyone having a baby to get to the hospital as soon as you feel contractions. You might not know if something is wrong with the baby and waiting at home too long can sometime cause problems with you or the baby.

What you can do is call the maternity department and schedule a tour of the hospital to get an idea/fell of the place?
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:41 AM
 
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I have friends in the military and many have delivered at Bethesda Naval. I also had a friend who was and OB there. I have heard nothing but good things about the hospital and the doctors.

Congratulations
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