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

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Unread 01-13-2005, 08:46 PM
Maternity Ward anyone???

Dear Kia,

I read your thread, and I am so sorry. My heart went out to you. I wanted kids very much, that was not to be. As hard as that has been for me, I think it has been much harder for you. I am so sorry for your loss. And pray for your recovery, body and spirit.

Many hugs going out to you.
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Unread 01-13-2005, 10:56 PM

WOW!!!!!I must of been very lucky with my hospital stay,I was there for 3 days,and the floor was really QUIET,only "hyst" women.With all the emotions I had I was glad not to see a male figure around!!!You could't help but stare at the other women holding a pillow on there bellies!!The only knockout was having ONE bad nurse...the others were great!!!!!Jen
Unread 01-14-2005, 02:29 PM
maternity wards

This comes from a nurse and a patient. I work in a "Women's Pavilion"...we have ambulatory services on the first floor, Labor and Delivery and the NICU on the second floor, and a 37 bed unit on the third floor. It is built where it could funtion as 2 with a nursery which operates primarily as a post partum unit. The other side which is separated by a hallway and elevators, is intended to be a women's surgical unit. Then of course there is the "rest of the hospital". We do try to keep surgical patients separate from the ob patients. However, on occasion we must close that side of the unit due to productivity issues. If there are only a few surgical patients there, we must have 2 staff members on that side, which of course blows the budget. I know it's not ideal, but unfortunately that is the way it goes. I will also mention however that we are told quite often that the patients do receive much better care on our unit than in the "house", primarily because of nurse to patient ratio. So there are pros and cons. Many of the women (particularily those over about 40) make a point to walk to the other side so they can look at the babies. In addition, at least at out hospital, the care tends to be better. Plus we have all private rooms, baths, kitchens on each side, tvs and vcrs in each room, 24 hour open visiting, meals on demand where patients choose off a really is kind of nice...of course I am biased! I realize it is a crummy situation for some and I'm sorry that you are/were forced into that situation which is never optimal. Best of luck to all.
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Unread 01-14-2005, 03:02 PM
Maternity Ward anyone???

I remember my mother telling me about when she had her VH and was placed on the maternity floor. But, I seriously did not even consider where I would be staying when I went in for my VH, whether it would be a surgical floor or a maternity floor. I think I was so preoccupied with the actual proceedure that it totally slipped my mind. Call me niave but I didn't realize that they still placed hysterectomy's with the maternities. I do understand though in some of the related stories how that could be beneficial with the care knowledge.

Ends up, the hospital I was in had a general surgical floor to which housed all abdominal and closely related proceedures. My first visit, my roommate was an older women undergoing a colonscopy. If the roommate had been a pregant woman or one just giving birth I am certain that I would have annoyed her at one point or another with my glee of my surgery and of not having the nightly feedings that she would oh be so having instead!!

My second visit to the Castle was back onto the same floor but instead I had the honor of being awarded a private room due to my infectious state (took the lab techs 3-days to develop the culture in order to provide the correct antibiotic for treatment).

I do remember hearing the gentleman in the room next to me being ill for most of 1-evening but from reading many of the stories of people the disturbance could have easily been newborns or a hundred other explained occurances. I also remember upon realizing there were men on the floor, being very conscieous of my hospital gown coverage!

Odd thing ~ 2-weeks after I checked out (finally), my brother-in-law ended up on the same floor, 2-doors down from where I stayed also in a private room due to a testical infection.

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