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Maternity Ward anyone??? Maternity Ward anyone???

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Unread 01-12-2005, 07:34 PM
Maternity Ward anyone???

You aren't gonna believe where they put me.... the PEDIATRIC ward!!! There was no room in the women's center, so I was stuck with the little kiddies. It was actually pretty slow, so was nice and quiet. I slept with my chin propped on the plush teddy bear my Dad gave me. Figured everyone would think I was just a big kid.
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Unread 01-12-2005, 08:26 PM
Maternity Ward anyone???

Thank God, I was put on a surgical floor. I not having kids was already struggling with this issue, and had shed some tears with the finality thing. I think the OB floor... I would have had total melt down . Even My Dr. at his office mentioned he knows that it is togh bumping in to expectant mothers in his office.. and keeps you in the waiting room at a min.
Unread 01-12-2005, 08:27 PM
Maternity Ward anyone???

I wish I could thank all of you seperately, you have all been wonderful. It was nice to hear all your views, some of you made me laugh and cry. It is so nice to know I have a place I can go to talk about my experiences, Thanks again, Brenna
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Unread 01-12-2005, 08:30 PM
Maternity Ward anyone???

I was really lucky to go to a major big city women's hospital. There was a special floor for gynecological oncology. I had a beautiful private room with a private bath. I felt like I was staying in a fine hotel. The nurses were extremely knowledgeable about hysterectomies and cancer. The halls has carpeting, so the hospital was very quiet. I took in a CD player and played quiet classical and new age music, I felt like I was in a spa!
Unread 01-12-2005, 08:34 PM
Maternity Ward anyone???

They were going to put me in the maternity ward in a room where the woman had just had a baby. There were people in and out before I even got there and the room was just a zoo. My husband had a hissy fit and they ended up putting me on the surgical ward. The care I received was excellent and all the nurses, except for the night one, were great! Actually ended up being friends with one of them.

I was so sick the first day and couldn't have tolerated having all of those people in there to visit with a roommate and it would have been a downer for them.

The hospitals really need to rethink putting us on maternity!
Unread 01-12-2005, 08:42 PM
Maternity Ward anyone???

I was on the same floor with maternity, but I knew it ahead of time, and I actually took all my walks to look at the babies. I have two, both teens now, and did not want anymore. Babies are such wonderful miracles, it was healing to watch them, see new ones each day, and remember when I was a new mom 16 years ago.
I celebrate this phase of my life, especially now that I have my hysterectomy behind me and better health to look forward to.
I do think women who can't have children or wanted more but had to have this surgery should be treated more sensitivly. That would be very hard.
Unread 01-12-2005, 08:57 PM
Maternity Ward anyone???

i was in the ob/gyno ward and it was very very quiet there.

i can see that it might be difficult for some people [i never got pregnant, never tried because of the fibroids and didn't get married until late but we have adopted two wonderful children] but i also think that it might be better to be on an all-girl ward than dealing with other people's recovery issues. at least you are more likely to have people understand your surgery and all.
Unread 01-12-2005, 09:26 PM
Maternity Ward anyone???

I am a bit of a beast I guess. Every time I end up having surgery, or my husband or kids, I have a fit until I get private rooms. No way can I be sick, or have him sick and have to deal with strangers. I just can't do it. I think when his gall bladder went, we had a private room for like 4 days and the cost total for the private room was like $114.00. I understand some can't afford that, but we can't either. I just pay them what I can each month and we do it like that. Just how we do it. They tried to put my DD in a room with a BOY when she had her appendix go and ever since, I just say, private room please!

I did ask the MD why we Sisters end up with the babies, and he said they do it for a few reasons. Yes, one of them is the convenience of the MD. and I do understand that. The others is they have THEIR things there.. their staff (and nurses they are used to)... and they know where everything is... and they know you are getting good care. Just what he says they do at our hospital.

I immdiately thought the same thing... HOW can they put women who are loosing their uterus on a floor with babies. Must have thought out loud enough, and my MD told me. Lots of reasons. Sure, we might not like them all, but I do think a lot of it is done in our best interest. I was SO thankful to be there. I have 2 kids, and always had a twinge of "ooohhh I want another one".... but seeing those poor tired Moms there, oh boy I got cured of my desire pretty fast. I can wait for grandkids or nieces and nephews... LOL.

Just my observation and experiance. Sounds like a lot of us were on that floor.
Unread 01-12-2005, 09:44 PM
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Sara S. mentioned becoming friends with one of her nurses and I remembered Mildred. She is my age and noticed I was on antidepressents and asked if they help. We talked and she told me how she feels. The discription of her depression was very familiar to me. I told her that I also had a great therapist and she really wanted her name. The next night my therapist came to visit me and I introduced them. Mildred is going to make an appt. with her. I was glad to help. I remember being in her shoes. It also helped me take my mind off my own problems.

As for my therapist, I really have a great one. She wanted to visit me because she was concerned with my issues on the finality of the situation. I have a genetic disorder and never wanted to pass it on, so I had my tubes tied. It's not that I didn't want children, I've always wanted children, but not enough to pass on a disease. Still... you know.
Unread 01-12-2005, 09:48 PM
Maternity Ward anyone???

My room after recovery was also on the Women's Center ward. I was pleased! A private room, decorated nicely - not the usual bland hospital room. I did not have to deal with a roommate. The TV was on or off at my choice. When my doctor or any nurses were in the room I did not have to think about the fact that some stranger in the next bed was hearing everything about me, my recovery, or whatever. The staff was great. There were new mothers and babies on the floor but I never heard them. I only saw the babies when I took my walks and passes the nursery. I have 3 grown children and am way past the age when I could even imagine wanting another of my own so being with new mothers never bothered me. I only saw the positives.

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