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Old 03-11-2013, 06:22 PM
 
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My husband and I are moving to south Florida in a few weeks. We have the flexibility of being able to live wherever we want as long as it is relatively close to an airport. So we are trying to figure out which area to live in. We will only be there a year before he is transferred elsewhere.

The only big milestone within that year will be the birth of our second child. So we are looking to live near a hospital that has a good maternity program. I am looking for a hospital that has all private rooms and is family centered without too much emphasis on medical intervention.

Ive heard good things about both Memorial Miramar and Boca Community but a lot of the information I have found on the web is outdated. I was wondering if anyone has any information on the hospitals in these areas. Thank you so much for your help
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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South Florida is really really tough for maternity care. I'm finding they now as I'm expecting. The c-section rate is very very high and intervention is second nature. I just left an OB because in just 3 visits they were doing MORE testing. This is my 4th and I've never had this much testing. I'm healthy and they told me it was routine...yet this was not at all routine where I previously moved from!

Of course it's going to depend on your expectations. I have two friends with very similar experiences. One loved it, one was less than pleased! Both of them had smooth pregnancies and deliveries, but they had differing expectations.

I personally have very high expectations. I came from a doctor that was very hands off. He watched from a far and let me labor in peace, with a watchful eye and a supportive presence. Anything i asked, he helped me accomplish so I could have an amazing experience! He watched me to make sure all was well, but his presence was so NOT invasive! So after him delivering, I'm looking for someone very rare and had a tough time.

There's another post not too far down that I posted more to someone.

Feel free to personal message me if you want to talk more!
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Old 03-11-2013, 07:41 PM
 
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Im not looking for totally natural. I had an epidural with my first and I am most definitely getting it again. The hospital I delivered my daughter at was a good middle ground. Lots of medical services but nothing pushed on you. Hubby could always stay right by my side and my daughter was never taken away for long. Im looking for that kind of experience again.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:56 PM
 
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Totally understand! It's so hard to know from one person's experience to another...if their bad experience was rare or the norm!

Last edited by LookingHome; 03-11-2013 at 10:26 PM..
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:24 PM
 
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Oh!! I just remembered! A friend just had her baby 2 months ago at Memorial West (in Pembroke Pines), because she found it was rated #1 in South Florida in maternity care!! I wish I knew the source, but she told me that's why she picked a doctor who delivered there. Then switched to one of the doctor's partners because she liked her better.

Anyway, she said it was rated #1, but after the fact, she said she wasn't impressed. Out of her 2 labor nurses and 3 nurses while in the mother/baby room for the following 2 days, she only liked 1 nurse. :/ Not sure what to make of that! Did she get the bad ones? I'd assume something gave them a #1 raking, so maybe you could try a little research there and see what you come up with.

She did say though that her baby never left her side and she did have her own room... So two positives right there! She said the food was awful, lol, but I'd say that's livable if that's the biggest complaint from others!

I'd check them out a little!
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