Last week we toured the famous Martha Jefferson Hospital! I had never been inside the brand new establishment, but I’ve heard good things about “Hotel Martha.” It was all the buzz last September when the hospital moved from High Street to Pantops – 100% brand new facilities. I really didn’t consider any other options on where we would have our baby since the choices here are Martha Jeff, UVA (which I think is mostly higher risk) and one small birthing center. Most of my friends have all delivered at MJ.
We were very impressed with what we saw. The whole hospital has gorgeous mountain views! It’s a pretty small hospital, especially compared to Carolinas Medical Center where I worked as a dietetic intern, but I really like it. Fits with the small town we live in, and it felt more like a big birthing center to me. Good color choices too – not too much stark white! The décor is beautiful.
The hospital’s Labor and Delivery unit is right on the first floor. There are 11 delivery rooms and then two halls of postpartum rooms, plus a c-section unit and a cute nursery. All are very secure with locked doors and security systems.
Our group was led into one of the delivery rooms. At first I found it scary with the big bed in the middle, but then it grew on me and got cozier. The bed can do all kinds of cool things – from adding a bar to dropping the foot down to make it two levels. There is also a window-bed where Matt can sleep. It didn’t look all that comfortable, but if the alternative is a chair, looks good enough.
The nurse who led our tour talked a lot about skin to skin, breastfeeding, and labor and delivery as natural not a disease. It was all great to hear. She ALSO clarified that the c-section rate for first time c-sections is 17%!!!! That means that the 34% stat we heard in childbirth class included repeats and other confounders. 17% is great news. She said the doctors here compared to other hospitals where she has worked are very patient.
Another FYI: photograph is fine but videos are not allowed : ( Such a bummer because I would LOVE a video of my birth (for my own personal viewing)
Check out the bathroom!!!! I so want to get in that tub. I hope I am able to!
We wrapped up the tour in the postpartum rooms, which were much smaller, more standard hospital rooms (but thankfully were all singles). The bathrooms were nice, and the whole hospital has free wifi! The bed is also supposed to be much more comfortable in there. I tested out the pillows and they were pretty fluffy!
After our group split, Matt and I checked out the cafeteria in honor of dietitians and food service experience! Plus it’s where Matt will likely eat meals : ) Looked really nice – whole wheat pizza crust and a big salad bar!
And whaddya know – No Bull Burgers on the menu!
The tour left me excited to go into labor – 12 weeks from now I hope! I can’t believe we will actually be there as parents. So exciting!
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