- Do they respect birth plans?- I didn't create one but I was asked if I planned on having an EPI, I said no, and that was it. A different nurse asked if I wanted one around 9cm and I said no and that was that.
- Do they provide squat bars?- don't know. I squatted through contractions at the foot of my bed and then on a stool leaning over the bed at the very end.
- Do the require IVs even if not using medication?- honestly not sure. I brought this up to my OB and let it go but I don't think it is hospital poilicy. I would talk to your OB about it. I wish I pushed for not having it because it was a pain.
- Are fetal monitors long enough to stand up and walk around, etc.? Yes but when you squat, they can come off.
- Any experiences of being pressured to progress your labor faster (e.g. oxytocin/pitocin)?- Not at all.
- How good is Mount Sinai about supporting breast feeding after birth?- Good. I was pleased with the bfing experience. All nurses can help. I called a nurse everytime I wanted to BF and they stayed on top of me (woke me up, kept asked when I last breastfed). I forgot to ask for the LC early enough and had guests when they had a bfing class. They did give me info and you can call the LC afterwards too. They didnt give or offer any formula. They did give him a paci for his circumcision.
I am happy to share more info. If you give me your email I can email you and you can ask me anything about my experience (same for anyone else going to Mt Sinai). Search my recent posts and you'll see my issue with the heart rate monitor at the hospital. I posted my birth story in June I think.
My lo was born 5/11/2012. In the end I was happy and Natural birth was a great experience that I will be happy to repeat. Its such an empowering feeling.
I chose Mt Sinai & my OB based on my OBs low csect rate and Mt Sinai being a Level 4 NICU and good BFing rate (and my insurance coverage). Alot of hositals claim a high bfing rate but I think the numbers for exclusive bfing show the real story.