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Best hospitals to deliver a baby

Ali de Bold

I'd love to hear from Moms on the site which hospitals you've delivered at and if it was a positive experience or not. Since we are from all over, please include the City.

Anyone have experience at St. Mike's in Toronto?
May 03, 2011 @ 10:25 am

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Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, Ontario

I had a great experience at Grand River. The nurses are wonderful, and the rooms are very clean and comfortable. They even have tubs with jets in their labour rooms! The food is quite decent too. All in all, I was quite happy with my experience there.
May 03, 2011 @ 01:14 pm

all good experiences

I have had 2 deliveries in Winnipeg and one in the US. In all cases I was perfectly happy with my accommodations, the staff and the facility overall.

I think it's important for people to have reasonable expectations of maternity wards, just like it's important to have reasonable expectations of air travel. "Will the food be okay?" Well, is it okay for your level of expectation? In my case, here is my one and only criterion: I Didn't Have To Cook It. Therefore, I have always been tremendously pleased with airline and hospital food. No, it's not high end. But it's definitely good enough.

I have only had wonderful caring nurses and doctors. Visitors of other patients have been respectful and non-intrusive. I had almost unlimited opportunities to catch up on sleep. I didn't have to do any laundry, cleaning, or anything other than answer the phone (and then only when I felt like it). To sum up, I was sorry to leave!

Enjoy the time in the hospital, because there is only a mountain of chores waiting at home. Be understanding of the nursing staff - they have many other patients and not all of them have your Zen attitude. Enjoy your baby, because the sassy mouth, temper meltdowns and potty training are just a few short years away!

And by the way, I delivered at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, in case anyone cares :)
May 03, 2011 @ 02:21 pm

St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg

I have had three incredibly different delivery experiences. In all instances, the hospital was great. The nursing staff was always fantastic. In my mind, it's not the hospital that is necessarily the issue, it's having the right doctor for you! In any case, I'll give you the low down on all three:

Delivery #1
Baby was breech, so I knew ahead of time I was going to have a C-section. This experience was as good as it could have been given the situation. My only complaint was that my husband was not allowed to stay the night. And, having had a section, I was in a lot of pain and couldn't really do anything myself. The nurses didn't always come right away when called (which is totally understandable, but also frustrating). Because I was in pain, I needed them at every feeding and every time baby was crying or needed a change. Needless to say, I cried a lot of the night and balled my eyes out when hubby came at 8 the next morning ;) I understood the nurses didn't just have me to look after, and it would have made it a lot easier to have hubby there!

Delivery #2
Great labor and hospital experience. I did it all natural and the nurses kept saying it was going to be hours (my mom was supposed to be there for the delivery), but I knew it would be faster than they all thought, so she missed out! Got a private room after delivery even though I was high risk and my nurse was fantastic! I had a horrible episiotomy by the doctor on call. She was abrupt and didn't seem to really care about my opinion or concerns. Other than her, it was a wonderful hospital experience.

Delivery #3
I found out at my 21 week ultrasound that baby #3 didn't have a heartbeat. So, this experience in general was very difficult. However, the nurses were amazing, caring and so compassionate. Some talked about their losses and others just showed such love, it was so nice to have that. I had chosen to have a midwife this time around, so I got whichever obstetrician was on call. Dr. Byrum was so kind and caring and Dr. Robinson was there when Grace was delivered. She was also incredibly caring. Again, all natural, but the labor wasn't as intense and had no pain after delivery because Grace was so tiny.

Delivery #4
We've yet to get here (Sept. 2 is my due date), but I have Dr. Byrum this time and he already knows my views on episiotomy and knows my history very well, so I'm really looking forward to it :)
May 04, 2011 @ 02:37 pm


Oops, I always get that wrong ;) It's Dr. Craig Burym (not Byrum)!
May 04, 2011 @ 05:12 pm

Both bad experiences

I had both of my boy’s At Metropolitan in Windsor Ont. At least that’s what the hospital was called eighteen years ago. I still call it that because that’s how I know witch Hospital we’re talking about now. Any how let me tell you this first off Ali. Read everything you can about the birth of your baby. I read everything about a vaginal birth and never bothered reading about having a C-Section because I thought I’d never need it. My first baby was due on the 27th of June. I went in on the sixteenth for my weekly Dr. Visit feeling fine other then dying from the heat that year. That’s when he told me to go home get what I needed for my hospital stay and then get checked into the hospital. He said I’m doing a C-Section tomorrow morning first thing. I was in shock to say the least, but still questioned him. He told me my baby was coming feet first and was on the way. He said that it could fall right out of me at any time, so I should be quick about getting to the hospital. That shocked me even more, never mind scaring the crap out of me. The next morning they took me down to get me ready for the C-Section. While I was lying there I could hear someone saying, “where’s the anesthesiologist.” Not long after that an over whelming smell came into the room. This guy had on so much aftershave I was almost sick. I think he had bin up all night drinking and was trying to cover up the alcohol smell. All I could smell the whole time, from the time the Dr first cutting me open, until that guy left the room when every thing was done was his after shave. By the time they finally got my son out of me, I could feel them tugging on my insides. I thought it was my imagination at first, but when the pain hit it hit hard. I don’t know what the anesthesiologist did, but I do know he didn’t give me enough of the epidural to last until they were done sewing me back up because by this time it was gone and I could feel everything! I could feel them pulling on my in sides, sewing me back up, putting the staples into my stomach, you name it I felt it and it was the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life! Then to top it off I ended up getting an infection in the incision and was stuck in the hospital for ten days in even more pain, unable to even hold my first baby. I can’t say for sure if the infection was because of that morons aftershave, or not, but I’d bet on it that it was. My next baby was born at the same hospital, but was a vaginal birth. I had the epidural after the nurse told me if you want one you better take it now before it’s to late. I was waiting for the really bad pain, but nothing was going to compare to the pain I was in with my first son. Any how I got the epidural, but it only froze half of me. So I could feel every thing on one side and nothing on the other. It was much easier having my last son, but both births had things go wrong and they were both because of the anesthesiologist. I pray you don’t have any of the problems I had with mine Ali. Best of luck to you Ali, Big Hugs.

May 05, 2011 @ 09:10 am
Ali de Bold


Wow, Takoda that is horrible! It sounds like something out of a horror movie. I was kinda hoping they could knock me unconscious and wake me up when it's all over and my sweet little baby is clean and bundled up. Unfortunately that's apparently not how they do it. ;)
May 05, 2011 @ 02:46 pm

It's not that bad

Oh Ali! It's really a very neat time in your life. As long as you know what's happening to your body, you'll be fine. Pain comes from fear, and fear from not having knowledge. So read up on what your body and baby needs to do during labor and delivery. Be prepared for surprises, but also be in control (of your own self, not others ;). It's exciting and a wonderful experience if you make it that way!
May 06, 2011 @ 12:05 am


I agree with Creamsicle. It doesn't have to be frightening; in fact, it's a beautiful and primal experience. By primal, I mean it is like you're fulfilling a destiny, like you finally "get" what your body was designed to do. I know, this sounds a little hocus-pocus, but you'll understand soon enough what I mean. For all the pain and inconvenience of pregnancy and childbirth, I can honestly say I would never wish I had not done it - regardless of the fact that I love my kids to death: that's almost unrelated!

Yes it hurts. But it's worth it :)
May 06, 2011 @ 09:23 am

Sorry Ali

I didn’t mean to scare you; I just had a really bad time with my first birth, but it sure did make me prepare for my second baby a lot more. After every thing I went through having Mike, I made sure I up dated myself on every thing when I had Luke two years later. I had no idea what labor pain was going to be like with Luke because like I said they took Mike from me before I could even think about what was happening. Luke ended up coming along pretty fast to. I had the same due date for Luke as I had for Mike. Mike was suppose to be due on the 27 of June and came on the 17th June and Luke’s due on 27 April. The funny thing that happened was when I went in for my check up on the 17 of April; he told me he’d see me later when he was done. I thought he was just saying good bye, but he wasn’t. By the time I got home I started having a cramp like feeling. My mom was with me at the time and said it looks like you’re having him today. She sure was right about that. Six and a half hours later at 10:30 on the 17 of April Luke was here. So both of my boys ended up being born on the same day just in different months, what are the chances of that happening. As for the labor pain I did have with Luke, It wasn’t near as bad as you hear some women say it is, at least it wasn’t for me. I only ended up getting the epidural with Luke because I got scared and thought the pain was going to get to bad for me to deal with. Everyone is difference and ever birth is different, so just make sure you read as much info as you can about both kinds of births so you’re prepared as much as you can be. Don’t forget Ali, if you have any other questions we’re all here for you, now and after your baby gets here and no question is too silly to ask us. Hugs

May 06, 2011 @ 09:45 am
Ali de Bold

You are all so sweet

Thanks you guys! I'm nervous but I'm sure it will all be fine. XO
May 06, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

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