The Vacation of Giving Birth


I’ve never been too keen on hospitals, a feeling which was confirmed after the birth of my first.

Sixteen hours of labor that culminated in an emergency c-section, school cafeteria quality food, (complete with mystery meat and warm mush) a nurse who left a baby with clueless me (looking and feeling much like a deer in headlights) and showers with faucets that were temperature controlled so no one could burn themselves (or take that much needed hot shower.)

After four days in hospital hell, I swore that I would never enter another hospital for as long as I lived.

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Fast forward two years later and baby number two was on the way. This was a baby they said I couldn’t have, medically speaking, so as if the stress of an unexpected high risk pregnancy wasn’t enough, I was having flashbacks of my first hospital experience. Bad memories aside, by the time I was eight months along, I began counting down to the four days in the hospital just to get a break from home. Even though the food would be mediocre, the shower lukewarm and the help lacking, I had a daughter in the depths of the terrible twos and nothing could be worse than that. Plus, I knew when this baby would arrive thanks to the doctor agreeing to schedule my c-section.

When the day came, everything was so calculated and smooth. From the valet parking to the registration, right down to the epidural for surgery – it was a TOTALLY different experience than my first time there. Before my new baby girl was 20 minutes old, I was already nursing. I enjoyed the most delicious hot meal that evening. A nurse was in every hour to rub my swollen feet. And I stood under the steamiest, hottest shower I think I’ve ever taken.

Hold the phone just a cotton-picking second. This wasn’t a hospital stay at all; this was a pleasure cruise!

I was doing so well by day three that they wanted to send me home. I instantly began to cry right there in front of the doctor when he told me. Unsure how to handle my post-partum emotional outburst, he called for my nurse to come in while he checked on another room. After the nurse calmed me down, she asked why I got so upset about going home early. I whined my very best whine and said, “But…but… I want to stay! I don’t want to go home! My vacation isn’t over yet!”

Before her shift ended that evening, my nurse brought me the most delicious hot chocolate and gave me the best hug. Then she took the baby to the nursery and told me to get as much sleep as I could. And I did just that. I popped a Percocet, sipped my hot chocolate, watched TV alone and I slept for a solid nine hours. Smooth sailing!

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The next morning, I tearfully packed up our things and we went home. That’s when reality hit – HARD. I had no staff that came with a call bell. I didn’t have a chef at my beck and call. There was no night nanny. The TV was on a constant loop of cartoons. My coffee was cold. And I was, once again, peeing with an audience. My ship had run aground.

It’s been a year since my second baby was born, and not a day goes by that I don’t dream about being rich and famous enough to emulate the amazing experience I had in the hospital the second time around. Until then, I will cherish that four day “vacation” to give birth since it was as close as I’ve come to a real vacation in a very, very long time.

S.S. Motherhood … when giving birth is a break from reality. Welcome aboard!

About the writer

Jeannette works full time outside the home, coaches girls youth softball, is active in her church and enjoys spending time at home with her husband and two young girls. In her free time, Jeannette blogs about her adventures in motherhood and her hilarious crafting attempts (and fails) at Mommy Needs a Martini. You can follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @MommysMartinis.

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Vanessa 1 year ago

We are now having our third in March and I have already started dreaming of my “vacation” from a wild 4 yo and a child that has already begun her terrible 2’s.

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Samantha 1 year ago

My daughter was born just after midnight so I got the choice to go home or use one more day there. I told the doctors that I was enjoying my vacation and I’d prefer to stay one more night! I told my boyfriend that they weren’t going to let me go home yet. It wasn’t the nicest hospital in the area, I had the potential to share a recovery room (but didn’t) and the food was weird, but I’ll be damned if it didn’t seem like the best food ever, including something that looked like barf.

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Erica Tjelta 2 years ago

It's not that I can't understand this concept, I do. And this well-written article would probably make it clear to me even if I didn't. But this just wasn't my experience or mindset–ever. And this is one of the smaller reasons I decided to have a homebirth with Babies #3 and #4. I was cared for and pampered for days–all without leaving the comforts of home! It's good to know that there are as many options for women as there are personal preferences. :-)

Michelle @ They Call Me Mummy 2 years ago

Oh Jeanette, you really should come live in Australia for your third. Little Man was breech, so I had a C-Section. The midwives were so unbelievable (seriously, I heard angels singing as they walked down the hallway, I’m sure of it) and kept convincing me to stay another day because “once you go home, you’re in the trenches alone, dear!”. I enjoyed my first EIGHT DAYS with my Little Man in a hotel – ahem, HOSPITAL – room overlooking the river.

Gotta love Australia ;p

Nancy Cooney 2 years ago

Oh, amen, sister!! When I was pregnant with out third, I told my friends that I couldn't wait to go into labor so I could get a break!

becca 2 years ago

My second stay in a hospital (well the one where I finally had her, not all the close calls) only lasted a day! I went in at 11ish one night and had her the next morning…I was home the following day by 4pm :) I was happy thought because it was stressful trying to figure out what to do with my oldest during the day!

stacey 2 years ago

While none of my four hospital stays were awful, I can’t say that any were that great. I hated staying in the hospital and wanted to be in my own home, getting on with things with my family. I did have great nurses every time, two fantastic OBGYN’s, and decent care during my stays…the last one was really sweet as we heard tinkling bells go off throughout the hospital every time a baby was born and given champagne/sparkling cider with our first meal…but still…the comforts of home, in my own jammies, using my own shower and using up all my water and having my new baby all to ourselves without any more poking and checking and proding from the nurses, CNAs, audiologists, pediatricians, and other miscellaneous people who check on you every hour. Home was my vay-cay with a newborn. :)

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs A Martini 2 years ago

    That’s great! Home is where the heart is, for sure. But home was also where my tantrum throwing toddler was 😉

Tracy Momaical 2 years ago

I LOVED my second hospital stay. I slept. I relaxed in bed with my brand new baby. And I slept through the night – every night – for four days in a row. Which I had not done in three years.

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs A Martini 2 years ago

    Exactly! Sleep was my favorite part :)

    Teri Biebel 2 years ago

    Are you kidding? I didn't want to leave the hospital after my second C-section. I knew what I was getting into after the first one. I knew the recovery process and I had a houseful of inlaws. If I could STILL be in the hospital recovering (13 years later) I would!!!

      Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

      Oh my! 13 years and still pining? I’m in for it… :)

Carolyn Coppola, Minivans, Meltdowns and Merlot 2 years ago

So jealous! My 2nd stay was worse than the 1st. The nurse exploded a vein in my arm and blood was bursting out and spraying all over the room! Looked like it should be roped off as a crime scene. They let me stay in the shower too long and my baby came so fast that my husband had to catch her! It was chaos! Now, I’m thinking (after reading Jeanette’s story), I might just want to go home and get pregnant tonight and request a C section, I want a 4 day vacation! (a foot rub & hot cocoa too) 😉

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    HA!! OMGosh Carolyn! I can’t believe your baby just came out in the shower!! Holy moly.. The vein busting happened in my first delivery – horrific, indeed!

Suzie 2 years ago

Well, yet another “experience” that I can feel like I got wrong, somehow. My room was at the end of the hallway as far from the nurses’ station as possible. Because I was the only one delivering a second baby, they called me their “veteran” and basically ignored all but my most basic needs. I spent the time watching everyone else having flowers, ribbons, and teddy bears being delivered while my room looked like a prison cell for two days, thanks to both sides of the family ignoring the fact that I’d just given birth to an amazing (and enormous..10 lbs. 14 oz.) child, with no drugs because they make me sick.

To the nurses’ credit, I think they actually felt sorry for me and two of them spent some time “just visiting” with me one night, because they realized that I had no visitors and no flowers/gifts/balloons/bows on my door, etc.

Then they informed me that my baby had a broken collarbone from the birth process and the doctor was a complete jackass about it. My heart was broken that my baby was in pain for almost two days and we didn’t even realize it. Terrible memories.

I realize there are other things going on in the world to worry about, but since you brought the subject up, it has hit a sore spot.

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Oh my goodness, Suzie! I am SO SO sorry you (and baby) went through that! Sending you hugs..

      Suzie 2 years ago

      Thanks Jenn, I appreciate it. I was just reading about all of these glowing experiences and wondering, “why does this never seem to happen to me?” For what it’s worth, that sweet baby is now almost nine, identified gifted, an amazing athlete, and could charm the birds out of the trees. Our families are still jerks but they don’t mind claiming full pride over our boys (the oldest will likely be valedictorian next year). To be fair, we are military and used to “doing everything ourselves” but for them not to send flowers or balloons…it just hurt. And now they want to act like they are “so proud” of our boys when we have had to do EVERY. LAST. THING. on our own. Forgive me…I’m just being bitter and resentful and jealous when there is really no reason for it. Thank you for your kindness. Peace.

        Jenn @ Mommy Needs A Martini 2 years ago

        I grew up a military kid and I watched my mom go through what you described. I totally get it. Having the military wives around seemed helpful for her though and she became the Ombudsman at my Dad’s final tour of duty. Of course it didn’t make up for the lack of family help and interest. So sorry they don’t participate beyond taking credit for your awesome kids! And please, never feel bad for venting, especially to a bunch of moms! I get it, girl :)

Kristen Mae at Abandoning Pretense 2 years ago

This was SO nice to read! Everyone around me always says they hated being in the hospital and couldn’t wait to leave… but like your second birth, BOTH of my births and postpartum days were spent reveling in the service of the hospital nurses. And I LOVED the hospital food! I was sad to leave too, both times!

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Thank you, Kristen Mae!! You are not alone! :)

Myndee 2 years ago

Haha…this is so true. My hospital is now offering manicures/pedicures and even massages to postpartum mothers. It almost makes me want another baby….almost!

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Get OUT!!! OMGosh, now THAT would make me have another!! 😉

Melissa@Home on Deranged 2 years ago

Yep, the first stay was terrible. It was ice cold in the room – in January! – there was so much noise, I couldn’t sleep, and the actual labor & delivery were less than pleasant. The second time was wonderful. I thought I was going to have two days, but after 24 hours, they said, “you and baby are healthy. you’re re free to go.” WTH? Whyyyy?

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Ha! Right! I would’ve pitched a fit to stay!

Anita @ Losing Austin 2 years ago

I agree! And in my case, people were willing to bring my favorite foods so I didn’t have to eat the hospital food- what.a.dream.

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    How wonderful!! Good for you!

Stacey 2 years ago

So, I have 7 kiddos and by #7 I was torn between wanting to stay and being afraid my husband would bring the kids back to visit AGAIN. I ultimately decided peeing with an audience was better than having the children visit me in a hospital room.

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    SEVEN?!! OMGosh.. you deserve a week just for that!

Kari Haugeto 2 years ago

Holy cow, I thought I was the only one! I loved staying at the hospital and lovingly referred to it as the resort and later the lodge. Food was great. Having helpers was great. And my only job was to rest and bond with the baby. Going home, now that was terrifying!

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    OMGosh, the Lodge! I love it!! haha You are not alone!!

shanel 2 years ago

I am about to deliver my second daughter via c-section in september…as much as I love my husband and 15 month old, I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed and not having to deal with temper tantrums for a couple of days. :-)

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Ain’t that the truth!!! Good luck in Sept!

MomChalant 2 years ago

I went through 46 hours of labor followed by an emergency C-section, so I feel your pain on that way. Despite the horrible labor and birth process, my hospital experience was just like your second one. Nurses were so nice, waiting on me hand and foot (although, I never had a foot rub every hour), and the food was awesome. I even had a menu, called in my order, and it was there in 45 minutes.

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    I had pretty nasty edema so I think the foot rub was necessary, not them being nice. But hey! A foot rub is a foot rub, amirite?! :)

Brenda Dion 2 years ago

Sooo….in lieu of having another child to repeat that experience, it’s time to start planning that spa trip with your girlfriends! Any excuse right???

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Amen!! Maybe for my 40th birthday I can convince my husband that’s a good idea 😉

momofeveryone 2 years ago

omg i almost laughed the baby out! im having my third and i have a very detailed AFTER birth plan lol. it involves an ambian, sending the LO to the nursery, and turning off my phone!

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    That sounds like an AMAZING plan!!! :) Good luck to you!!

Samantha 2 years ago

I agree, my second time in the hospital was much more relaxing… the nurses didn’t even come in every 3 hours to make sure the baby was being fed (which they did with the first… even at night!). It was fantastic!! :)

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    They left me alone at night the second time, too!! Ahhhh….

Denise 2 years ago

My oldest was 8 when I had his baby brother. I remember a staffer brought me a snack that evening–graham crackers and grape jelly. And my kid ate them.

The first kid was born at 1am, so we didn’t get settled into our room until 2 or 3am. They pulled this really great turkey sandwich out of cooler they kept in the maternity ward, knowing that most moms are coming off a long fast from labor and need food NOW. And the staff were so concerned for me that two different people placed breakfast orders for me–and one slipped in something extra for my hubby who was passed out on the couch. Morning came and food service brought in a freaking feast.

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    OMGosh, my first daughter at my first snack after the baby was born, too! I was so upset LOL But your morning feast surely sounds like it made up for it!!

Beth Bullock 2 years ago

This descirbes my stay to a T… except, I had no hot water to shower with after I had my c section. But the hospital was amazing and the staff was even better. It was the most amazing time of my life. Weird to say right about a hospital stay!

    SusanandJohn Seavers 2 years ago

    I suspect you could have been in a grass hut with a dirt floor and no AC but once you look into you baby's eye, none of that matters. Nature provides. <3

      Beth 2 years ago

      Oh so so true ! We were so high off being in love with him, nothing seemed to matter. Ahhh to bottle that and take it with me daily. sigh

        Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

        I absolutely agree about that.. I’ll never forget that very first look!!

    Karen Bernstein 2 years ago

    I was at Stony Brook, and they actually called it hotel stony brook. The maternity ward is so nice, like a vacation. My second baby, they tried to get me home early and I asked to stay. I knew it was only one more night. But one more night with the nurses to help and not to come home to a house that needed cleaning and a three year old who needed attention. That last night was a vacation. :-)

      Beth 2 years ago

      LOL makes a lot of sense. I day dream about #2 and think I will feel the same. My sister told me the same exact thing. Stay as long as you can, you will never get a good nights rest again like you did there… too bad I didn’t sleep there either !!!

Rebecca Spivack 2 years ago

I felt this way too! I actually opted to stay another night. And perfect timing ~ my daughter was born a year ago today!

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Aw! Mine, too! Happy Birthday!!

Kate 2 years ago

I definitely feel ya. I had issues with my son’s birth, that came with long-term elevated BP and such. I needed to be readmitted to the hospital for an overnight observation when my son was only 4 months old… the nurse couldn’t understand why ALL I wanted was “to be left alone” to read my book in the semi-darkness of my hospital room. I told her she OBVIOUSLY hadn’t had any children. (And I was VERY sad when they told me I could go home the next day.)

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    LOL!! I think maternity nurses should be required to have children to fully appreciate the time we spend there :)

Arnebya 2 years ago

The realization of no staff people (husband not included because, just, no. Can you at least wear scrubs, damn) is a hard one to overcome even though you know they aren’t there and it sounds dumb to wish for it. One nice nurse can make an unbearable hospital stay such a different experience.

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    So true! That nice nurse was exactly what I needed!

Kim Carter 2 years ago

I hear ya. My first birth was a nightmare. 35 hours of labor before I got a c-section. Then got stuck in a hospital ward with three other women and their babies (no nurseries here) and none of them spoke english. The second time around, I walked in, got an iv, got a spinal, had a baby, and two days in the hospital where the nurses were helpful and took the baby for a number of hours so that I could get some sleep! And then I had to go home, luckily, they gave me some percocet to take home….

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Ahhhh, the percocet…. :)

Lara Flejter 2 years ago

What hospital is this? Both my hospital stays were horrendous. Two different hospitals, too. Nurses acted like I was an uninvited stowaway on their cruise ship.

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Aw that’s a shame, Lara! I’m so sorry!!

Carrie Schauf Guillory 2 years ago

This is exactly how I felt! I loved the hospital stay!

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    I totally miss it… :)

Jasbir @jasbeeray 2 years ago

I can totally relate to ‘Peeing with an audience’.
How life changes with motherhood.

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago


Stephanie ( 2 years ago

Our experiences between the first and second babies are so similar! I didn’t want to leave the hospital the second time around either, but at least I wasn’t too proud to turn down the nursery offer. My daughter let me sleep for 11 hours that first night! And never again since, but let’s focus on the positives 😉

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Yea, sleep is overrated. Maybe if I keep telling myself that I won’t be so tired from all the non-sleeping I do. Right?! Positively! :)

Jessica Smock 2 years ago

My experience was so much the same! I dreaded being in a hospital so much. I was actually more afraid of staying overnight in a hospital than I was of the pain! I ended up with an emergency c-section too, despite having a doula and preparing for natural childbirth. But my hospital stay was wonderful, despite all my fears. My room was gorgeous, high up in the sky overlooking Boston. The food was great.. Like a restaurant! The nurses were amazing. They helped me with everything, from breastfeeding to letting us sleep at all hours of the day and night. I ended up staying a week because of some complications, but I would have stayed for a month!

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Wow, that view sounds amazing! I stayed a little longer with my first because of complications but of course THAT was the stay I wanted to end immediately! :)

Mercy 2 years ago

I wish I had had nice meals or a choice of food while in the hospital. The only options I had were Indian vegetarian dishes, but sometimes someone brought something from home. I did enjoy the 5 day stay the second and third time around, despite the bad food. I actually bought myself 2 books the third time but found I couldn’t read all of them because laughing made my incision hurt like hell.

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    You probably couldn’t win either way.. a funny book hurts the incision and anything else would make you cry!

Kathy Radigan 2 years ago

Jenn it’s so funny but I can remember my friends and I pregnant with our second and third babies not being able to wait for the four day vacation we were in for when we had our c-section babies. And I will say by my third I had it down pat, I was bottle feeding this time so I sent my sweet son to the nursery so I could rest and sleep. I very much enjoyed my stay!! How sad is that!! Lol! Great post!!

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    HA! Not sad AT ALL! Get it where you can, I say.. and by the third one, you deserved it! :)

Meredith 2 years ago

I KNOW!! I loved the hospital stay–the best vacation I’ve had in as long as I can remember. Almost enough to make me want to get knocked up again…but not quite 😉

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Yeaaaaa, it was good and all.. but I’ll stick with two 😉

The Next Step 2 years ago

hahahaha, I am with you sister. I luxuriated in my hospital stay when the twins were born and I had a 2 1/2 year old at home with my mom. Now I have fantasies of 48 hours in a locked psych ward or something. 😉

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Ha!! Or just an hour in the bathroom..

Becoming SuperMommy 2 years ago

My hospital stay with my twins is definitely the best vacation I have EVER had. The view from my room was lovely, everybody came in and gave me all the help and attention I needed, I had food brought to my room whenever I wanted, my friends and family kept stopping by with huge smiles and cute presents…

Totally didn’t want to leave.

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    I hear ya!! I’m so glad I got a re-do! :)

Amy – Funny is Family 2 years ago

Both of my hospital stays were much like your first shower. Lukewarm. Some things were great, like nurses changing diapers, meals in bed, and those awesome 50 gallon water bottles with the bendy straw. Some things sucked, like loud janitors emptying garbage cans in the middle of the night, the bland food, and a bunch of strangers watching me get to know my newborn. I think I would have enjoyed my second stay more if my girl would have been with me and not in the NICU, but with both stays I was never able to fully relax with all of the people in and out and the general unpredictableness of hospitals.

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

    Yowsa, Amy.. either I was too knocked out from the Percocet and didn’t notice or the janitors didn’t come in at night. What a bummer! And also, the tub of water with the bendy straw was so wonderful…

Janine Huldie 2 years ago

Minus the c-section, you just described my second delivery and stay in the hospital for my second child. And mine was two days before Thanksgiving, so they kicked me out in 24 hours, because I was doing so well!!

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs A Martini 2 years ago

    Oh man! Well at least you were home for the holiday! :)

Grown and Flown 2 years ago

Like you I had totally different experiences in three different hospitals. The good…oh so good. The bad, even now makes me shudder. Think it is great if you can save the best for last!

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs A Martini 2 years ago

    Even with the best for last, like you, I still shudder at the thought of my first! Luck be a lady..

Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes 2 years ago

Oh yes, with n°1 I couldn’t wait to get home. With n°2 I wanted to stay as long as possible. And no I did not feel and ounce of guilt when on the final night of my stay they took her to sleep in the nurses offices along with some other babies, because I really, really needed those 10hrs of sleep.

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs A Martini 2 years ago

    It’s like your last sleep HOORAH for 18yrs.. take it! :)

Jen @ MamaLionStrong 2 years ago

OMG! What hospital is this? Mine kicked me out as soon as possible. And I caught a cold after my second delivery, a NASTY cold that barely allowed me to nurse. That confirmed my hatred and disgust for dirty dirty hospitals! After my third is born in a few weeks I’m checking out asap! Your hospital and nurses sound like heaven though – you lucky duck!

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs A Martini 2 years ago

    Ohhhh no! That sounds awful! I don’t blame you. Totally felt the same after my first! Good luck on your third!

    Theresa 2 years ago

    My hospital stay wasn’t great at all. Being a first time mom ready to have twins, (had to be induced) the stress of having my hubby race home from work (he’s a 5 hour away commuter), and a nurse who kept uping my the meds so I would have the babies before her shift ended was not something I would ever repeat again. When they were born, I wasn’t given much help and sent on my way 2 days later in tears as to know I was going to deal with these babies.

      Jen @ MamaLionStrong 2 years ago

      I would urge everyone here who’s had a bad hospital experience to FIND YOURSELF A GOOD MIDWIFE!! I’m under the care of one in my third pregnancy and its AMAZING. I’m going to have to make my next blog post about her.

Ariana 2 years ago

I’ve never had a bad hospital experience. I kind of hate to admit it, but I love getting served meals in bed, having a push button to call the nurse when I’m uncomfortable (I don’t make a menace of myself…), getting all the attention from visitors, and not having to deal with any reality other than my own health concerns. Honestly, I’ve never understood why people don’t like being in the hospital!

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs A Martini 2 years ago

    Seriously! It’s like Queen for the day with a nanny on call. Well, sometimes 😉

    Stephanie 2 years ago

    Agreed!! Theoretically, I’d love to avoid the pitfalls of a hospital birth, such as unnecessary medical interventions. I’m still convinced I could have done it without the Pitocin and epidural if I hadn’t let the nurses do continuous (external) monitoring. But my daughter was havin a dance party in there and the monitor kept losing her heartbeat, so I was completely obsessed with staying in bed watching the monitor like a hawk instead of walking around like I’d planned. If I’d been up and about I suspect I wouldn’t have stopped dilating at 8cm.

    And the terrible breastfeeding advice from the nurses! So glad I knew to stand up to them when they wanted to give formula when my daughter was too sleepy to nurse (told then “Hell no, let me pump colostrum!!”) and flat out ignore them when they told me to feed her a maximum of every 3 hours (that’s the recommended MINIMUM!).

    But oh my goodness I loved being able to just call in my order for my meals. They were probably mediocre, but I didn’t have to make them myself. All I had to do was eat, sleep, feed my daughter, and go through a ridiculous amount of ice packs and epi-foam. 😉

      Jenn @ Mommy Needs a Martini 2 years ago

      I went through a lot of the bad nurse interactions with my first delivery.. and I had no plan other than push when they told me! But the monitor obsession and Pitocin is what I think lead to the ER C-Section.. I get ya!

jill 2 years ago

I hear you mine are only 13 momths apart and i daydream of that hospital stay still two months later

    Jenn @ Mommy Needs A Martini 2 years ago

    Ha! Amen sister!


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