I delivered my youngest daughter in 2010 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland. With the large size of the hospital and construction on the grounds, I was skeptical that Anne Arundel Medical Center would be able to provide me with the family-centered maternity, delivery, and postpartum care I was hoping for. Thankfully, they went above and beyond.
If you’ve had a baby in a hospital before, you know that you will spend much of your labor and delivery with the team of maternity ward nurses employed by the hospital. I was blessed with a wonderful nurse for every portion of my hospital stay. In fact, the nurse who was with me during much of my labor ended her shift and stayed on with the new nurse to attend during my daughter’s delivery, just because she couldn’t wait to meet her to. I had similar experiences after delivery and on the postpartum floor. There was also a lactation consultant on staff at the hospital that I was able to see twice at my request.
Large, Private Rooms
One of the things I was excited about with my delivery at Anne Arundel Medical Center was that the labor and delivery and postpartum recovery rooms were all private. Having lived overseas where there were still lines of beds in the recovery room and even delivered at a hospital once where I might have had to share a recovery room after delivery, the fact that I was going to be able to labor, deliver, and recover with just my spouse and family around was very important. The size of the recovery room was also very conducive to rooming-in with my newborn.
Support for my Spouse
My husband was pleased with the family room at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, too. There was coffee, a refrigerator, and snacks, which made it easy for him to get up and get out if he needed a break during labor or my postpartum stay. In addition, the hospital cafeteria was quite good and included pizza and salads from a local pizza place, too. He was able to stay with me at all times, and there was a sleeper couch in the room that wasn’t too uncomfortable.
Relatively Simple Discharge Process
If you’ve had a hospital stay recently, you’ll remember that the hospital discharge is often the most painful part of the stay. However, the discharge from Anne Arundel Medical Center was pretty well organized and we were able to leave when it was time without too much delay
Ultimately, we were very pleased with our birth experience at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking an Annapolis birth option. They boast that they are family-centered, and that was certainly the experience that my family and I shared.
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