My first daughter was born at the Naval Hospital on Camp Lejeune. I had such a positive experience there that I was really hoping to have another child born at the same facility. My husband deployment schedule made that impossible for our family, but I certainly wish I could give birth again at Camp Lejeune!
Let me recap for you my experience with the Naval Hospital.
I received my prenatal care with OB/GYN on base and purposely jumped around from doctor to doctor in an attempt to see everyone at least once. I like seeing different people because each person has a new perspective and looks at my charts in a new way. I think multiple people looking at me and my file increases the chances of something serious being caught early.
Despite all of my attempts to know the doctor who delivered my baby, it was Family Medicine’s turn to have a rotation on the labor and delivery floor the day I went into labor so I didn’t end up knowing my doctor. But do you know what? It didn’t matter in the least.
My labor and delivery nurse was absolutely amazing and kept me in line with my birth plan. My birth plan involved a vaginal birth and drug free labor. There were certain parts of my labor where I was pretty sure I just needed one cut and all of the pain would be over. My nurse just laughed it off and told me I didn’t really want that – which is true. I didn’t really want it and I’m glad that in my moment of weakness she was strong for me. She cheered me on, took me seriously when I said I felt a burning (and Nora was crowning). I loved her so much I wrote an ICE comment for her so she (and everyone else) could read how grateful I was for her help and support.
The doctor was also very positive and encouraging and NICU staff all came in for the delivery since there was meconium in my water when it broke. I felt very comfortable in the capable hands of the doctors and nurses at the Naval Hospital and I would definitely give birth there again if I was ever given the chance!
Where did you deliver? How did you like your doctors and nurses?