“…we had the best experience at CMC.”
Let me start by saying that we had the best experience at CMC. I’m just the husband, so I’m not the one pushing, but in my opinion, unless absolutely necessary there is no reason for a woman to have a child in the hospital. The birthing center is by far and away a much better experience all around.
When my wife became pregnant with our third child we decided that we would try to have him at a birthing center. Having two children already we have experienced two hospital births: the first one induced but no pain meds, and the second a c-section. Since this pregnancy would be a VBAC we really wanted our care providers to believe in the natural process of childbirth and to encourage it if everything was good.
I went to most of my wife’s appointments, which were mostly with Leslie and a few with a Karen. This also meant that our two children came to each of the appointments ( a 2 and a 4-year-old) and no one ever acted like it was a bother having them there. I liked Leslie from the first appointment and felt that my wife was in good hands. My wife ended up being two weeks overdue and was given some natural ways to induce labor. What I loved about Leslie was how calm and reassuring she was at the moments when we were starting to be stressed out about things, she was always very positive, letting us know that things were ok. Having had two previous births at hospitals where medical intervention is the norm it was very refreshing.
Going over birth plan the midwives were very accommodating to what we wanted, not that we wanted anything crazy, but my wife told me she felt very empowered by the choices she was given. When it came time for labor and delivery at CMC my wife loved the experience, well at least as much as you can love labor. From my perspective, it was really awesome. The room was big and clean and the atmosphere was relaxed. We wanted to be left alone until it was time and we were. Our son came and they made sure he was doing well but gave us all the time of those first moments that we wanted and they then waited to do all the measurements that have to be done. After birth, Leslie made my wife a smoothie and then we were given an iPad with a list of available restaurants who would deliver dinner, definitely beat hospital food!
— Ahmad M.