Where to even start. I have had two babies at this hospital and let me just tell you, the family birthing center is a total nightmare! I had both of my babies by c-section, one in 2015 and one in 2017. I said I wouldn't be back after my first child, but since I loved my baby doc so much, I decided to have my 2nd child there, where my baby doc is affiliated with JMH. You could search this world over and not find worse nurses. The nurses in the birthing center were extremely un-compassionate, extremely rude, and snotty. Especially some of the younger ones. I will say their was a couple of the older nurses that were much better and had more Compassion.
Where I had c-sections with both of my children I was in an extreme amount of pain afterwards. I struggled very bad with this pain and the 2nd time was much worse than the first. I was supposed to have pain meds brought to me every 4 hours, as ordered by my doctor. The nurses never once brought my pain medication without me having to ask for it. Then when I would ask for it they would treat me as if I were merely an addict wanting/needing a fix. Telling me I should not be in pain anymore after having a Percocet. If I weren't in so much pain, I wouldn't have even asked them simply because of the attitude I was met with when I did ask. Not only that, but the nurses literally had the audacity to mock me and insinuate that I was "putting on" about my pain. I know this sounds absolutely exaggerated and ridiculous, especially considering these are medical professionals, but it is the ABSOLUTE truth.
Those C-sections were the hardest thing I've ever been through in my life, it almost traumatized me. And if the C-section alone did not traumatize me, my treatment while at the hospital and the whole experience did traumatize me. All the joy that comes with having your first child was sucked completely out. What should have been a wonderful amazing experience with my first child was made it into an awful dreaded experience. Simply by the way I was treated by the nursing staff. I don't do good with pain, I am a huge baby. I can't handle a lot of pain, so of course I cried pretty much for the first three days after my C-section. The crying was made so much worse due to the way they treated me, which was making me cry much harder. It literally hurt my feelings. I felt like I could not trust any of them. When I would ask them for something, or ask them for help they acted like I was burden or an imposition. I was always met with nasty attitude and indifference. If my fiancé had not stayed with me during that week I had my second child, I really don't know what I would've done. He helped me with everything. He helped me out of my bed every time, helped me with our baby and even helped me use the bathroom. He helped me shower and wash up... the whole nine, Stuff nurses should be willing to help with. He was also disgusted with the staff.
One more thing… After my C-section I was in so much pain I couldn't even hardly hold my child. I couldn't feed her or nothing. I was in such immense pain, I was absolutely good for nothing except the tears rolling down my face. The nurses had the audacity to accuse me of not bonding with my child, because I was simply into much pain to enjoy my precious baby girl at that time. That was probably the worst insult of all. I WILL have my baby and my kitchen table before Igo back to that hospital to have another!
But there was ONE thing about the whole experience that was nice. The rooms in the birthing center were very nice. The couch pulls out to a bed, so my fiancé was able to stay with me at all times… Thank God! He was all I had to count on. Despite how bad my stay was, at least the room was comfortable and homey. Had a TV and all. We did deserve better treatment. We are upstanding members in our community!! My fiance is a probation officer and is the sex offender specialist in our county. We were horrified at what we witnessed and the sort of people they had working with these patients on a daily basis.