Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!

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Giving Birth At the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune

Me and Nora at the Naval Hospital

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?

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8 Comments on “Giving Birth At the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune”

  • Jessica Brown Jessica Brown June 8th, 2011 3:31 pm

    I also delivered at Naval and had such a WONDERFUL experience there as well. The midwives were amazing and friendly, which is strange seeing as they see pregnant women all day every day giving birth and it seems like they STILL love their jobs! That’s a pleasant thing to enter into when you’re not in the most pleasant state of mind lol I wish I could deliver there again one day, but I’m sure it won’t happen. I don’t want another baby for at least 3 or 4 years, then Blake and I can talk babytalk again haha.

  • Kelly Mulder Kelly June 11th, 2011 7:30 am

    Hey Jessica, Thanks for sharing about your experience! I really haven’t heard any bad experiences from the Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital. I guess they get a lot of practice with delivering babies seeing as NHCL is one of the leading hospitals for deliveries. Marines sure do know how to make babies ;)

    Hope you’re having a good week!
    Kelly

  • Eveline November 12th, 2011 1:12 am

    Well, here’s a bad story. I was induced on February 27th 2007 with my first child (son). I was barely 40 weeks along but it was a Wednesday and the OB thought it was necessary to induce since my blood pressure was a tad high (easy pregnancy all the way through, no protein, no signs of pre-e) so of course I was excited, went for it.

    I was induced at 6pm with cervidil. My cervix was long and hard, cervidil in and an hour into it my son’s heartrate dropped. The nurse took the cervidil out with the comment “You just cost us 170 dollars”. Thank you. So they put me on pitocin. RIDICULOUS if you think about it now. I couldn’t eat after that. I was on pit forever and the next morning I asked the nurse if I could get up. She let me for about one minute, then back on my back. My contractions were bad, the pit was too high, uterus was constantly contracting. I asked for an epidural but my cervix was at 1cm still and they had to strech it via foley catheter. NOT ONCE WOULD ANYONE SUGGEST WALKING. So the foley did the trick, I got my epi once I reached 3cm. Then, waiting, waiting. On February 28th at 6pm (24hrs into labor, lying on my back) I started pushing. I pushed for 6hrs, with two 30 minute streches of sleep. They left me alone telling my husband to watch if the baby would come out (I was in full blown pushing mode, I couldn’t stop). At some point I remember at least four doctors standing in front of me, arms crossed looking at my crotch. In came another ultrasound machine and they saw that my son was op (sunny side up). At 12am Dr Choi came in and lectured me (I was delusional at that point, couldn’t remember my name or anything, just wanted that baby out of me) on the risk of c/s. He was very rude, very short and obviously not in the mood for yet another c/s. He was rude with the people in the OR and he didn’t talk to me at all. He had had it for that night. At 1am on March 1st, 2007 my son was born.

    I could not get up until two days later, I had to have two people holding me, my husband washing me, no assistance with the baby. Thank goodness my son knew how to latch and nurse right from the get go.

    At my 6 week post partum checkup they did a pap, I was crying it hurt so bad and the ‘qtip’ was full of blood. The doctor said “they probably won’t be able to use that anyway in the lab” THEN WHY DO IT???? I also asked if I could have another child vaginally and I was told absolutely not, my pelvis is too narrow.

    Turns out, I can very well have a child vaginally. My daughter was born 17 months after my son, at a different hospital, way better birth experience. I’m still not quite over what happened in Lejeune but my daughter’s birth was like therapy. I know a girl that is pregnant right now, I told her to do her best to avoid NHCL.

    I have a friend who had her first son at Lejeune, also in 2007. She went for a scheduled c/s due to breech presentation of the baby. They couldn’t get the darn spinal in her, took them 4 tries and then they also left some gauze in her abdomen and got it out a day later since she complained of pain.

  • Onslow Theckla Onslow Theckla November 14th, 2011 2:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience, Eveline. Generally speaking, we encourage any patient at any hospital to ask for that facility’s patient advocate if things aren’t going satisfactorily. In your particular case, if you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to share your experience with that hospital’s leadership so it can be addressed. Hope this helps. Theckla/Social Media Monitor

  • Kelly Mulder Kelly November 14th, 2011 5:29 pm

    Eveline, I’m so sorry to hear you had such a bad experience. I second what Theckla is saying, and can tell you how to get your comments heard! Have you heard of ICEing? If you have problems, complains or good experiences and praises the military wants to hear about it so they created an online evaluation form. My friend’s husband used to be the one who handles ICE comments the hospital would get and I can assure you each comment is looked into and addressed. It doesn’t just float off into lala land. You can even just copy and paste your story as you wrote it here for us to make things easier for yourself. Here is the website:

    http://ice.disa.mil/

    Thanks for reading!
    Kelly

  • Abby March 21st, 2012 1:11 pm

    Hi, I actually haven’t delivered at this naval hospital before. I’m going to though I’ve heard a LOT of bad things from my neighbors and friends, but that all seems to involve when they induce early or give pain meds. I really want a natural labor so I don’t think I’ll run into any problems. I was wondering if any of you knew if they allow children in the labor room, I would really like my 2 yr old daughter there the whole time.

  • Kelly Mulder Kelly March 21st, 2012 7:26 pm

    Hey Abby,

    My family and I are currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan but I asked the exact same question at the Naval Hospital here and they said it was perfectly fine for me to have my two year-old in the delivery room. I believe all Naval Hospital policies are the same but you can call the hospital to double check or you can ask when you go on your hospital tour. I know a friend of mine had her 10 year-old daughter in the delivery room when she gave birth at the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune and no one had any problems with it.

    Best of luck to you and your delivery! I honestly was wishing I had the same delivery room as last time -the birthing accommodations here in Okinawa make camp Lejeune look like a castle!

    Happy Birthing!
    Kelly

  • Pat August 16th, 2012 8:47 am

    Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune delivers a ton of babies each month and most experiences I’ve heard about were all Positive. My daughter (now 3) and Twin boys (11 months) were born there. It was great from start to finish. For the twins, during the pregnancy we were referred to wilmington for check-ups, but delivery occured at the hospital…. everything went pretty good. The galley was under construction at the time, so the food wasnt very good…. other than… great!

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