Granny

Seth, WV

#1 Dec 16, 2012
We would love to hear about the L&D rooms/suites at each hospital. They (daughter and son in law)just moved to the area and aren't sure which hospital to use. Their doctor has privileges at both hospitals so that isn't a problem. Are they more progressive than they used to be or do they still put you on a fetal monitor flat on your back for the whole labor?
Thanks for any input.
mom

Harrisonburg, VA

#2 Dec 16, 2012
pch! had both my kids there. dont know much about brmc but seem like pch is more up to date!
mommy

United States

#3 Dec 16, 2012
PCH is great!!!
Wanida

Rupert, WV

#4 Dec 16, 2012
PCH, without a doubt!

The rooms are modern (nearly hotel like, and all the medical equipment is concealed in cabinets) and you stay in the same one for everything. The rooms are private, which was very nice. They have huge showers, the beds are specifically designed for childbirth with handles, bars, and so on for helping change position during labor. They also offer birthing balls.

The staff is caring and attentive overall. The hospital administration has also placed large signs on the walls with a phone number to call if you experience staff related problems. They encourage you to keep your baby with you as much as possible, rather than trying to keep it in the nursery more than necessary.

They have a lactation consultant, if you're thinking about breastfeeding and would like help.

BRMC maternity floor is aging and out of date. The delivery rooms are cold and impersonal, and after the birth you are wheeled out to another room. I had to share a room with another patient. The staff mostly sits at the registration desk and can take a long time to get to you when you need them to. Everything is highly medicalised without much thought given about comfort or privacy. I felt like cattle being pushed through an auction. I also had one nursery staff member push formula on me twice, even though I was determined to breastfeed. I did not feel respected by most of the staff, but there were a couple of nurses who were nice.

I've given birth at both hospitals, and I would deliver a baby in my car before I'd go back to BRMC. To be fair, it was around eight years ago when I delivered at BRMC and only a year ago when I gave birth at PCH. BRMC labor and delivery may have changed a little in the past couple of years, I'm not sure, but there is no way it has caught up enough to be as good as Princeton when it comes to labor and delivery.
belladonna

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Dec 18, 2012
PCH is much better! BRMC should NOT be called a medical center!! When they have lay-offs the first to go are housekeeping. It is unclean. At the registration desk the employees will not even look at you. It has been going down hill for years.
lightening bug

Bluefield, WV

#6 Dec 22, 2012
Another vote for PCH. Their Women's Center unit is tops; great physicians, staff, accommodations, etc. Absolutely no complaint with the care I received there.
hmm

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Dec 23, 2012
... I'd pull what my sister did and do Roanoke memorial . -shrug-
Hatepessimists

Clarksburg, WV

#8 Dec 23, 2012
Uh, BRMC just remodeled the maternity wing. It is beautiful. They are now doing heart Cathy's and have added lots of new docs. CHS is the new company that took them over. They have a good rep and have made changes like a new lobby and other upgrades. Yes they did have layoffs because the good ol boy club in that area has put both hospitals in significant turmoil. That is no secret. The layoffs were mostly non clinical. Some of those let go we're for their attitude. BRMC is on the right track!
Hatetobustyourbu bble

Bluefield, WV

#9 Dec 23, 2012
Ought to try being a nurse there!
Gonna take a lot more than what you wrote to bring stability and trust to that place! They still believe that the nursing staff can pull miracles out of their butts trying to take care of unsafe nurse/patient ratios!
They have done their best to run off the older and experienced staff and are trying to lure in the young nurses. The bad side of this is when the young nurse loses their licenses over a lawsuit and it WILL happen.
Hatepessimists wrote:
Uh, BRMC just remodeled the maternity wing. It is beautiful. They are now doing heart Cathy's and have added lots of new docs. CHS is the new company that took them over. They have a good rep and have made changes like a new lobby and other upgrades. Yes they did have layoffs because the good ol boy club in that area has put both hospitals in significant turmoil. That is no secret. The layoffs were mostly non clinical. Some of those let go we're for their attitude. BRMC is on the right track!
iknow

United States

#10 Dec 23, 2012
bluefield hospital is FOR profit, whereas PCH is not. Bluefield charges way too much
Granny

Barboursville, WV

#11 Jan 16, 2013
Thank you all for the input. They have decided on PCH.
slick

Newaygo, MI

#12 Jan 16, 2013
iknow wrote:
bluefield hospital is FOR profit, whereas PCH is not. Bluefield charges way too much
all hospitals are for profit. go in the er and see if you get a bill or not, unless youre on welfare of course, then its all free.

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