- The hospital had a mandatory 24-hour nursery stay for all newborns. (She doesn't know if this is still the case today; I will definitely investigate this.)
- A woman asked the hospital's CNM how long she should breastfeed, and the midwife responded, "it's not culturally acceptable to breastfeed longer than 6 months."
- This same CNM dropped a woman from care for refusing a gestational diabetes screen.
- The nurses often gave out nipple shields to new mothers although they were not needed or warranted.
This is a hospital that advertises its "5-star accomodations." It uses the typical cheesy marketing techniques to draw in potential customers (not like we have any other choices--it's the only hospital in town):
[Our] updated facilities and amenities more closely resemble that of a fine resort than that typically associated with a local community hospital. That’s because our newly renovated LDRP suites were designed to soothe and calm both mother and baby....Can't you just hear the schmaltzy violins in the background?
Enjoy All the Comforts of Home
We like to call our Maternity Care Center “state of the heart” because we combine the most modern technology with our unrivaled personal attention. We listen closely to our mothers and their birthing needs, because we want their delivery to be as unique as their new bundle of joy....
Begin Parenthood in Style
The inviting nature of the LDRP (labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum) suites is designed to ease anxieties while calming the spirit of both mother and baby. The new atmosphere encourages mothers to begin bonding with their baby immediately after birth, all in a room equipped with the latest technology, so you enjoy the comforts of being at home at a location not far from your home....
Celebrating New Life
During your maternity stay, you and your birth partner will be treated to a celebration meal, as well as a new baby care package. Before you leave for home, our nurses will provide you with informational materials about feeding your baby, caring for your newborn and caring for yourself.