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Old 05-06-2012, 05:05 PM
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Dear Boardmembers,

My wife and I are contemplating having a second child but are really torn about what hospital to go to. Our first child was delivered at UNC, and while we met some wonderful people there, the delivery was not what we would have hoped. There were a lot of complications, and we feel things would have gone A LOT better if the Doctor wasn't trying to teach/impress his residents.

That said, we're interested in Duke because of its reputation for having excellent doctors/specialists, but we're worried because we realize there's an excellent chance a resident will be delivering there too.

I've heard good things about Rex and WakeMed Cary as well. In the end what we really care about is my wife and baby's health. We recently had a miscarriage and the surgical procedure, today's equivalent of a D&C, did not go smoothly, but everything turned out ok -- my wife is physically weaker than most people, so please take that into the equation when giving us the benefit of your experiences.

Thanks so much in advance!
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:12 PM
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:15 PM
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I gave birth to my son at Duke at the end of last year and had a wonderful experience. Good, competent doctors and great nurses.

I'm so sorry for your loss and about the traumatic first birth. I hope the second goes as smoothly as possible.
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:21 PM
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re: delivering at Duke, my understanding is that the OB practices have some say in whether students can attend a birth. I delivered #1 at Duke with Duke Women's Health Associates, and I remember them saying that one of their docs would deliver, not a resident. I think you also get a choice of whether you're willing to have students present or not. It may be worth a call to find out the policy of the OB practice if you're interested in delivering at one of the teaching hospitals.
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:47 AM
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Default wakemed Cary x10!

Cannot say anything bad about WakeMed Cary. They were just great, everyone from the nurse to the doctor to everyone in between. They respect any decision you want and are honest. The rooms were of near hotel quality and there was nothing left to be desired.

I have also heard the same things from other people that have had children there.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:35 AM
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Thanks for the replies. Can someone explain to me the relationship b/t the OB practice and the hospitals? When we had our first baby, the OB was an employee of UNC and I didn't notice much interaction b/t our OB and the hospital. We had our checkups with the OB and when it was time to have the baby we went to the hospital and the OB and the OB clinic really didn't appear to have any participation in the process.

Definitely would be more assured about Duke if we know a resident won't be performing the delivery. Duke and WakeMed Cary both sound like good options. Has anyone had experiences at both to draw comparisons?

Thanks again everyone.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:45 PM
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I have also had miscarriages, surgeries and a D&C. With that said, I would recommend delivering at WakeMed Raleigh Campus as it's the only facility in Wake County with a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and they are best prepared to deal with any complications. Neither Rex nor WakeMed Cary have that, although they have lower level intensive care nurseries. I work at WakeMed, so I'll admit I am a bit biased but will be delivering my baby there in 7 weeks. If you want to be pampered and don't mind not having a NICU, WakeMed Cary Hospital is the place to go. The rooms are brand new and BEAUTIFUL with whirlpool bathtubs, room service and full-size pull out beds for dads.

As people have stated, your Ob/Gyn will pretty much decide where you go, so you may want to pick your doc based on where they deliver. Not all docs have priveleges at all hospitals and Kamm McKenzie Ob/Gyn is one of the largest practices in Raleigh and delivers at WakeMed Raleigh Campus. Practices that deliver at WakeMed Cary can be found here: [url=http://www.wakemed.org/body.cfm?id=1293]Find a Physician at WP&B-Cary[/url].
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:17 PM
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Based on my recent experience, here is what I would recommend ..

1: Rex : - Good hospital and good service. All-round satisfaction.
2: Duke :- If you are expecting any complication, go there.
3: WakeMed Cary:- If you are expecting everything normal and good facility. One risk is, they would move you to WakeMed Raleigh if they find a very small issue.
4: Wake Med Raleigh:- Big Hospital and a bigger NICU and lots of equipment. However the service is pathetic. Its all about your luck if you find a good nurse. The docs seams to prolong your stay to recover money from your insurance to cover for (more) non-paying patients. Remember that WakeMed Raleigh docs care for the test result numbers all the time and the nursing staff do everything they can do to screw it up so that they can force you to pay for more and more tests.
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Old 05-07-2012, 03:36 PM
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I delivered two of my children at WakeMed Cary and one at Duke. The WakeMed experiences were pretty uneventful. There was nothing that I remember that stood out except that the rooms were bigger and more comfortable than Duke.

The physicians and nurses at Duke were top of the line. I loved my OB. Can't remember her name, though. We had originally planned a home birth but I developed complications and had to switch last minute to Duke so I got the Ob on call. The midwives were fantastic...well trained and knowledgeable.

A few things that I did not like: 1) I had high blood pressure and was having some extra heart beats after the birth. The resident on call at the time made such a big deal out of it that she scared me to death. The cardiologist was called in and was very quickly able to say that I was tired and needed to rest. I think it was the residents inexperience that got her worried and me freaked out.

2) I was very uncomfortable with the epidural being done by a resident who was being watched by the real doctor. I told them I wanted the experienced doctor to do it and she wouldn't allow me to make that choice. I'm sorry, but I think that a patient should be allowed to decide if they want to be used as a guinea pig or not. To challenge a woman in the middle of childbirth when she is unable to defend herself is unacceptable.

3) The billing department at Duke is horrible. It took me over a year of fighting with them to get them to bill my insurance properly. They kept sending it to collections until someone finally figured out how to bill it properly and insurance paid. Duke kept telling me it was the insurance company that was the hold up, but I had had this insurance for many years and this was the first and only problem I had ever had with them.

I think Duke is probably a better set up for natural childbirth. By my fourth child I figured I had my battle scars and didn't need to prove anything so I wanted the epidural. :-)
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:16 AM
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Your experience is exactly the reason we want to go to Duke but are scared to do so. We told UNC we didn't want a resident, and they had a resident deliver and perform the epidural. I understand the residents have to learn somehow, but the mother giving birth should have her wishes respected -- especially when there are complications.

Anyone ever been to Duke and successfully requested that no residents perform actual procedures?

Thanks to everyone who has replied. It's been very helpful.
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