HMH maternity ward
3-Time Patient

Elizabethtown, KY

#21 Jul 13, 2013
I've been a patient on HMH's BirthPlace unit 3 times and received wonderful care each time. The unit is very secure, with all private rooms, and my room was clean each time. The food was good too. I try to have realistic expectations. They do their job very well. I've also been a patient on the 4th floor and have had a lot of outpatient tests there. My family members have been patients there. I think Elizabethtown and Hardin County are very fortunate to have such a great hospital. The BirthPlace unit will take you on a tour before you deliver your baby if you ask, then you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
smh

Brandenburg, KY

#22 Jul 13, 2013
hmh l&d does have a nicu. my son was born over 6 years ago and it was there then.
hmh l & d isnt as modern or upscale as some hospitals as far as patient rooms/decor/waiting room, but its not a bad place to deliver. it really depends on your dr. how your delivery and the experience there will go. the nurses follow dr.s orders, so if you are upset with them you should be communicating this with your obgyn. ive had family deliver there and hate it. then change doctors and totally different experience with their next. some nurses do have attitudes, but this is at every hospital. you just need to be on the same page as your dr.
Lame

Elizabethtown, KY

#23 Jul 13, 2013
You people are ridiculous. I had my baby there 2 weeks ago and my experience was amazing. The nurses were great and very patient. I was well cared for my entire stay.I was there for 30 hrs b4 i delivered and they tried tto go with my birthplan but my body was not cooperating. As for security. Each baby has a number on their band which matches yours and your partners. They check the numbers every time they bring you your baby. Also. Each baby has a security alarm on their foot. If it is removed or taken out of the designated area the entire hospital shuts down and all doors and elevators shut down.
MomofMany

Elizabethtown, KY

#24 Jul 13, 2013
Actually, That's not accurate. It's rare to get a referral to HMH. And, of you have TriCare Standard, you can be seen anywhere you'd like without a referral whether Ireland offers the service or not. If the ER at Ireland can't deal with the issue, they fly the patient to L'ville. They don't transfer you to a lower level ER such as HMH.
MomofMany

Elizabethtown, KY

#25 Jul 13, 2013
Lame wrote:
You people are ridiculous. I had my baby there 2 weeks ago and my experience was amazing. The nurses were great and very patient. I was well cared for my entire stay.I was there for 30 hrs b4 i delivered and they tried tto go with my birthplan but my body was not cooperating. As for security. Each baby has a number on their band which matches yours and your partners. They check the numbers every time they bring you your baby. Also. Each baby has a security alarm on their foot. If it is removed or taken out of the designated area the entire hospital shuts down and all doors and elevators shut down.
For one thing, if you think those are the only 2 things protecting your baby, you're ignorant. Secondly. For someone who knows what they are doing, getting a baby out is not difficult. Mhance the number of people the end up taking the baby outside for 'fresh air' which happens a lot.
MomofMany

Elizabethtown, KY

#26 Jul 13, 2013
smh wrote:
hmh l&d does have a nicu. my son was born over 6 years ago and it was there then.
hmh l & d isnt as modern or upscale as some hospitals as far as patient rooms/decor/waiting room, but its not a bad place to deliver. it really depends on your dr. how your delivery and the experience there will go. the nurses follow dr.s orders, so if you are upset with them you should be communicating this with your obgyn. ive had family deliver there and hate it. then change doctors and totally different experience with their next. some nurses do have attitudes, but this is at every hospital. you just need to be on the same page as your dr.
If they have a NICU then why do they say that they do not? Where is it? Did you have a baby in the NICU? Why do they send sick or preemies to L'ville is they have a NICU? Do you know what an NICU is?
MomofMany

Elizabethtown, KY

#27 Jul 13, 2013
In a nutshell it looks like women having a first baby or have not delivered in a good hospital don't have issues with HMH. Professionals, such as nurses, and those that have prior experience elsewhere see the short comings.
smh

Brandenburg, KY

#28 Jul 14, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
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Unless they built it today, there is no NICU. It's level 1. Check it.
Funny that other lady mentioned Medicaid, HMH is the welfare & Medicaid hospital. You couldn't pay me to deliver there
hmh has a level ll nursey, it is not level l
i already knew, but just dbl checked and nothing has changed.

http://www.hmh.net/hmhwebsite/Service.aspx...
smh

Brandenburg, KY

#29 Jul 14, 2013
MomofMany wrote:
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For one thing, if you think those are the only 2 things protecting your baby, you're ignorant. Secondly. For someone who knows what they are doing, getting a baby out is not difficult. Mhance the number of people the end up taking the baby outside for 'fresh air' which happens a lot.
when i delivered there and have visited any relatives visited there, the babies are never allowed to go outside for fresh air, period. they cannot leave the l&d unit/floor without alarms souding and the entire hospital going on lockdown.
what else do you suggest be used for security? the baby wears a monitor the entire time and a matching bracelt as the mother. nobody is allowed in the unit without approval. there are cameras and security on site.
smh

Brandenburg, KY

#30 Jul 14, 2013
MomofMany wrote:
In a nutshell it looks like women having a first baby or have not delivered in a good hospital don't have issues with HMH. Professionals, such as nurses, and those that have prior experience elsewhere see the short comings.
i know people who absolutely hated their delivery and experience at ireland. every woman has different standards &expectations. i dont think you need to be a nurse or professional to see shortcomings as long as you are not completely ignorant. my family is made up of doctors and RNs. while the hospitals in louisville are viewed more favorably in general as being more equipped to handle certain things, hmh is not a lower level hospital. i personally wouldnt deliver at flaget, but hmh is fine.
MomofMany

Elizabethtown, KY

#31 Jul 14, 2013
I've never hears of Flaget.

There are levels of hospitals. The more serious the care the higher level of the hospital. Having more equipment, specialists, etc makes the hospital a higher level. I'm sure you've heard phrases like 'level 1 trauma care'.'level 2 cardiac care' and so on. HMH is low level, which is why patients are sent to other hospitals in certain cases. An example of a high level hospital is Kosair or Jewish.
MomofMany

Elizabethtown, KY

#32 Jul 14, 2013
smh wrote:
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when i delivered there and have visited any relatives visited there, the babies are never allowed to go outside for fresh air, period. they cannot leave the l&d unit/floor without alarms souding and the entire hospital going on lockdown.
what else do you suggest be used for security? the baby wears a monitor the entire time and a matching bracelt as the mother. nobody is allowed in the unit without approval. there are cameras and security on site.
I didn't say that anyone was allowed, I said that i happens. Visitors come & go from post partum & recovery all the time. They try to require a pass, but I have never seen it enforced. There are dozens of effective security measures, HMH needs to add more than they have. Security camera there record, but they are not all monitored all the time. Bassinets have magnets on them, which only works if someone tries to take a bassinet. Monitors fall off, clothes can be changed, all sorts of things happen. Having been in more secure hospitals, I was really freaked out by the way HMH does things.
MomofMany

Elizabethtown, KY

#33 Jul 14, 2013
smh wrote:
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hmh has a level ll nursey, it is not level l
i already knew, but just dbl checked and nothing has changed.
http://www.hmh.net/hmhwebsite/Service.aspx...
Level 2 is not a NICU. They simply do not have one.
MomofMany

Elizabethtown, KY

#34 Jul 14, 2013
smh wrote:
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i know people who absolutely hated their delivery and experience at ireland. every woman has different standards &expectations. i dont think you need to be a nurse or professional to see shortcomings as long as you are not completely ignorant. my family is made up of doctors and RNs. while the hospitals in louisville are viewed more favorably in general as being more equipped to handle certain things, hmh is not a lower level hospital. i personally wouldnt deliver at flaget, but hmh is fine.
I missed anyone mentioning Ireland ....
Mandy

United States

#35 Jul 15, 2013
I had a great experience delivering my daughter at HMH. I did spend 5 days at Norton's when I was 32 weeks pregnant because there was a chance my daughter was going to come before her lungs were developed. The nurses there told me that if that happened they could take care of me, but not my baby so off to Norton's I went to be close to Kosair's. I didn't end up delivering until 3 days before my due date & all the nurses were great at HMH. Very encouraging & never made me feel like they thought I was a big baby because of the pain. Everyone's experience is going to be different though.
Yes

United States

#36 Jul 15, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
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Unless they built it today, there is no NICU. It's level 1. Check it.
Funny that other lady mentioned Medicaid, HMH is the welfare & Medicaid hospital. You couldn't pay me to deliver there
I work at HMH there everyday, so no need to "check it" there is a NICU!! so you might want to check it
HMH nurse

United States

#37 Jul 17, 2013
Every parent has personal expectations for their birthing experience. Security is only as good As those staff who are diligent in its use parents also need yo be heavily involved. For example check to see if L&D still allows nursing students and are they allowed to transport Infantsfor diagnostic procedures within the hospital. Security measures don't work when the baby is outside of the maternity or mother baby unit. About three years ago we had a nursing student pushing a basinette with a newborn in it. She was walking thru the ED and was walking towards the ambulance bay doors. She was trying to find radiology and was lost .
Anonymous

Bardstown, KY

#38 Jul 18, 2013
Suburban IS a level three. I would deliver there than any other hospital in a 100 mile radius. And I've worked at UofL, HMH, and Norton Suburban.
check your facts

Hodgenville, KY

#39 Jul 20, 2013
Anonymous wrote:
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Really? So you're ok with dirty laundry left under the chairs in the rooms? What about dishes left on the windowsil? And CNAs taking care of your baby instead of nurses? I have higher standards than that
The OB department at HMH does not have CNA's. There are OB Techs - who help with vitals signs and ADL's ON MOM but the CNA's do not care for the baby. Just thought we should set the record straight. I've had a child at HMH as well as one in Bowling Green. I have no complaints, I think HMH delivers great care.
MomofMany

Elizabethtown, KY

#40 Jul 20, 2013
Yes wrote:
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I work at HMH there everyday, so no need to "check it" there is a NICU!! so you might want to check it
I'm calling you out on that one.

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