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Old 05-12-2011, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I'm moving to the Orlando area in six weeks to join my husband, who has been living and working there since July of last year, and we plan to start a family within the next year or so. Being the slightly OCD person that I am, I wanted to start doing research now on the places to deliver that result in the best outcomes for both mom and baby. So I'm wondering if anyone has had experiences, or knows someone who has, delivering both at any of the Florida Hospital Baby Place locations and at Winnie Palmer Hospital. I've checked out the websites extensively but have not found them to be incredibly helpful for the particular information that I'm trying to find. Pretty pictures and brand new facilities are nice, but tell you nothing about the quality of care that you receive. (IMHO, the nursing care, especially, can make or break one's healthcare experience, since how often and for how long do you really see the MDs, anyway, other than when they're there for the imminent birth?)

So, my questions are, in no particular order:

1. How closely are staff (doctors and nurses) willing to accommodate a birth plan? Will the staff allow you to hold your baby immediately after birth and perform their assessment while you hold the baby, or do they insist on performing their assessments under the warmer (because it's easier for them)?

2. Do either of these hospitals (and yes, I know the Baby Place has multiple locations) utilize certified nurse midwives? If so, is there the option of seeing a CNM for all your prenatal care? Can you choose to have a CNM deliver your baby instead of an OB?

3. How quick were the staff to recommend medical intervention during labor (pitocin, epidural, episiotomy etc.), even if it was not what the mother preferred?

4. What options are there for natural childbirth (water birth, tubs for pain relief during labor, squatting or some other alternate position vs. lithotomy/stirrups), and how willing are staff to allow a laboring mother to utilize them (presuming it is not medically contraindicated, as in already having received an epidural)?

5. What are the staff's beliefs or actual practices on giving the infant formula when it is known that the mother is trying to exclusively breastfeed?

6. Does anyone know how to find out what the c-section and epidural rates are?

7. Does either place offer "walking" epidurals?

8. How accommodating and supportive of the dad-to-be were the staff?

9. How supportive/knowledgeable about breastfeeding are the staff? Hospitals may say they support breastfeeding, but that may not mean they actually put those beliefs into practice.

Not hospital related, but does anyone have any recommendations for an OB/Gyn in the Davenport/Celebration area? Or a CNM who has hospital privileges? I'd be willing to travel to Winter Garden or Clermont, since we're thinking we'll probably move up that way eventually, anyway. We have Disney Cigna through my husband currently, but once I find a job I'm sure whatever network we have through that will open up more possibilities for doctors. I was looking into the birthing center in Winter Garden, but not sure I'm comfortable with the fact that the midwives are not CNMs, and there is only one physician who consults, hence all the questions on hospitals.

I do plan to tour these facilities after moving down, but some questions just can't be answered objectively by the facility itself, and really need to be obtained through word of mouth.

I know that's a lot to ask, and I'm sure I'll think of more, but any help would be very much appreciated! And please forgive me if this is a duplicate post somewhere...I've searched the forums for hours and have found threads on WPH, but haven't been able to find much on The Baby Place, much less a thread comparing the two. Thank you so much in advance!
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:42 PM
 
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Hi, I am actually trying to make this same decision right now. Did you ever receive an answer or make a decision?
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Old 06-17-2014, 11:43 PM
 
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Hi, I am actually trying to make this same decision right now. Did you ever receive an answer or make a decision?
I personally think the dedicated women's hospital is the way to go.....Winnie is apparently the busier place with more specialists
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Central Florida
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I'll start this post by saying that I have no experience with either hospital -- but lack of experience has never stopped me from expressing an opinion!

However, my daughter, who is Very Particular About Things, plans to give birth in September at Winnie Palmer. And she has done something that you might want to consider. She and her husband have hired a doula, one of whose purposes is to work with the hospital staff to make sure that my daughter's preferences are adhered to.

And whether or not you get specific answers to your questions on this forum, I'd suggest you make an appointment and go to the two hospitals and ask your questions of someone there who would be in a position to provide answers. You're right in your statement that pretty much all you get from web sites are pretty pictures.
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:48 PM
 
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I personally think the dedicated women's hospital is the way to go.....Winnie is apparently the busier place with more specialists
I agree. It seems most specialty hospitals tend better than what is found in the typical general hospital setting.
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Old 06-22-2014, 01:28 PM
 
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I will admit up front that I am not an expert in this area, however, I know a couple that had thier baby at Winnie Palmer hospital and they had a great experience. Winnie Palmer is 100% dedicated and specialized in women and babies, it is also a very new facility with the latest equipment and it is run by ORH which is a very reputable medical institution, I would say Winnie Palmer is the better option of the two if you had to pick one.
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