Danielle - posted on 01/31/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )
Hello ladies! Today we pre-registered at the hospital and took a tour and I discovered something very interesting: Unlike my first born, I will not be doing LDR in one room! My first was born at a different hospital and when I was admitted I was put in one room for the entire thing (Labor, Delivery, Recovery). Now I'm at a new hospital and they informed us that I will be laboring and delivering in one room (unless they are packed then I will labor in one (small) room, then moved to a delivery (bigger) room), and then we will be moved to another room for the duration of our stay (recovery). The recovery room isn't guaranteed to be private either (I might be rooming w/another woman) and there are 3 different recovery room options that they can put me in small (private), big (private), and bigger (shared). The room for my first had a couch and chair, plus decent sized entertainment center, my bed, the baby bed/warmer thing and a nice size shower/bathroom area (I mean like Holiday Inn Hotel size)-with plently of room to move around the furniture. The small room here has a recliner, my bed, the warmer, and a tv on the wall w/a small bathroom (think guest bathroom size). The big has a couch instead of recliner and a lil bit more walk space, and the biggest (shared) is like the small (private) except the bathroom is a bit bigger. If you can't tell I don't really want a shared or small room, but I don't have a choice.
They said that they let the baby stay w/us for the first hour, then take it to get bathed and shots etc in the nursery, (hopefully while we are moving rooms-unless the epidural (yes I am getting one) hasn't worn off yet-if that's the case we are moved asap) then they bring the baby back to us and we can keep her for the duration of our stay (unless we ask for her to be in the nursery).
I was wondering: what is it like to change rooms? How much of a hassle should I expect? I'm actually more concerned about this then the delivery because of the distance from L/D to R rooms...