Yesterday we went to the hospital i will deliver at and it seemed like wonderful place to deliver. First when you come in they have to check you and make sure you are having contractions then you are sent to a room.. They only have 8 rooms two of them have huge tubs. The others have large showers and are very comfortable looking and quiet. You stay in this room during labor. Each room have a small baby room where the baby sleeps. It has a couch in there and also a tv. They all come with dvd players and cd players. To my surprise the bed has the foot rest on the sides so when you are ready to push you slide down and begin. I cant believe you get to deliver in what looks like a bed room. They offer huge mirrors for you to watch the whole process. I would really like to get a room with a tub.
After delivery you are in that same room for an hour to recover with the baby. Then you are moved to a different room. The bed in this room is more like the standard hospital bed it has a pull out chair for the hubby to rest with you and baby. This room does not have the dvd and cd player but televisions are there. It also doesnt have the nursery room but a little bassinet for baby instead. You are in this room for 2 day 3 nights or 3 days 4 nights depending on if you had vaginal or c section.
I like the family waiting room your are allowed 5 guest at a time they can watch tv and bring their own food. The only thing about this is that your family will be joined by other family members who have relatives having a baby same time as you.
The baby is then taken for 2 hours to be checked out cleaned and circumcised. Then you get your baby back and he/she is with you the whole time unless you need extra time to rest. The baby nursery seems very comfortable. Each mother and baby has their own nurse to care for them and a lactation specialist. It seems like a very warm setting i cant wait to go through with this experience. Of course as soon as i got there i forgot all the questions i wanted to ask but i will e mail them to the hospital today and hopefully get answers.
That sounds really nice and alot better than what it was when I had Ds a small room and uncomfortable bed but the nursery was huge.
I will be delivering at a different hospital this time this one has suites the rooms are huge and the bathroom has a jucuzzi tub(sp?) You stay in this room the whole time from beginning to end. The baby stays with you in the room and everything. The only thing is the waiting area for the family is small and we have a large family (just brothers,sisters, and parents) The nursery is really small too but I guess they took the extra room being the baby stays in the room with you why have a huge nursery so they put into the rooms and bathrooms. The closer I get the more excited I get and nervous.
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the hospital sounds really nice. i havent gone for a tour yet but i have seen pictures of the rooms in a pamphlet and the rooms are so nice. they look like hotel rooms, nothing like scary hospital rooms women used to give birth in. theres a couch and recliners and the bed looks nothing like a hospital bed. i think being in a comfortable environment will be a big help. i know i will be a lot more relaxed in a bedroom setting then a hospital setting. hospitals scare me, and give me panic attacks. i hated the couple times i went to the ER and they stick you in those small cold rooms with all the machines and needles and all there other junk all layin out. i was worried that was gonna be what the labor and delivery rooms were like but i feel better now after seeing them.
All those rooms are like hospital rooms they are so BRIGHT and full of hospital equipment. These rooms now have dimmer lights and a much more warm setting.
I just hope i get to get one of those large tubs its only two rooms that has them. Ive never been in a room with a person in labor i wish i could be there to hold their hand and try to take in what they feel but then again i dont want to scare myself.
Does anyone know about how the hospital bill you for your stay. Do they start as soon as you come in for labor until the time you leave?
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if you dont have insurance then ask your dr at your next appt. they should have a paper that explains all that. when i got all my hospital papers there was something in there about billing, one for insured people and one for uninsured
I have two types right now one through my job and one through the state the i automatically got because i am pregnant. and the state pays 100% and my insurance pays a little less then 100%.
But i dont want to be cheap and use the states insurance and because its through the state my choices of the wonderful services are limited to me. So what i might do is stick to my insurance through my job and just come out of pocket for what ever it doesn't cover. I want to be as comfortable as possible.
i was still on my parents insurance when i got pregnant and it was really bad. we only had like 500 dollars left on it to last the rest of the year. luckily i was able to get medicaid and they pay for everything. the paper i got said that a vaginal delivery is about $8600 and a csection is about $13000. good thing for insurance or i would be paying that bill off for a VERY long time. thats ridiculous that it costs that much. no wonder some women dont get the prenatal care they need if you dont have a lot of money and cant get assistance then your screwed.
I know what you mean thank god for insurance but the way i look at it is let the bills pile up as long as im healthy and still alive i dont mind really paying them they just get what i give them when i get it. Its like if i write them a 5 dollar check they are going to cash it. There is a law as long as you are paying what you can then they cant take you to court or do anything but wait until its paid...lol funny hunh!
My friend was pregnant maybe two years ago and she tried to get insurance at the last minute she didnt qualify for the states insurance i told her to get prenatal care and tell them to just bill her. She didnt want to do it she was sick and was later admitted to the hospital because of no prenatal care. Luckily she and the baby was ok.
If i didnt have insurance i would have to work out something. I just feel its better to owe then be sick and looking silly.
I just want to clarify that it might be a local or state law that you refer to about not being able to go after you if you are a slow payer. Hospitals, doctors, labs, etc. can and DO send bills to collections if you don't pay on time according to the payment plan they set up for you. Just sending $5 does not fend them off! Many, many people have had their credit ruined for screwing up when paying medical bills. (I had to post this not because I think you guys are going to skip out on your bills, but because someone else may read this later and think it's ok.)
My c-section was $17k+, but the allowed amount from my insurance company was something like $4-5k, and my copay was $600. Then it was $350 to the doctor, and about $300-400 for baby's bill while in the hospital. We have pretty good insurance, though.
Your hospital sounds about normal these days, since choosing where you have your baby is a competition now. It's lucrative for hospitals to lure you their facility with fancy features. Remember that the large tub will probably only be used during labor, not for actual delivery, unless your hospital specifically mentioned water birth as an option. You might ask about other birth position options, like one of those large balls, or special chairs to make it easier.
Oh, and if you feel you want to go home sooner, you don't have to stay as long as you mentioned above. You and your doctor can agree to discharge you earlier. It's just a law that they can't MAKE you leave any sooner than that (your insurance company, that is).
Good luck with your last month! Start stocking up on diapers and wipes!
xinerevelle i never said they wont send you bill to collections. Basically what im saying is If you dont have it you dont have it no matter how much it is even if it's 3 dollars...lol Hospitals in maryland cant not put you on a payment plan they have to agree to what you can afford. If you make 2400 a month and more than half go to bills and a new baby they cant just order you to pay 1000 a month. And if they do its because you let them.
When i had a m/c in April of last year my bill was 2300 this was before i started my job to get the insurance and i have been sending them 25 dollars a month ever since. They call and ask for more maybe once every two months but they'll get the same ol' story when i get it you get it. They cant send a paying person to collections. I dont know how it works anywhere else but its not but so much they can do.