Labor & Delivery // Data & Experiences

Mar 2, 2017 | Hospital Reviews – Massachusetts, Labor & Delivery

Greetings All!

Below you will find hospitals in Massachusetts listed in alphabetical order along with statistical data pulled from the Massachusetts’ 2014 Birth Report managed by the Division of Research and Epidemiology (report found here) and episiotomy rates pulled from the 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey (information found here). Midwifery service information was found by either calling or going to each of the hospital’s websites.

For the data, you will see total cesarean rate, primary (first-time) cesarean rate, repeat cesarean rate, VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section) rate, episiotomy rate, and whether or not midwifery services are offered. The WHO (World Health Organization) considers the ideal rate for caesarean sections to be between 10% and 15%; caesarean section rates higher than 10% are not associated with reductions in maternal and newborn mortality rates. For episiotomy rates, Leapfrog offers a target rate of less than 5%. Hospitals that have higher than 5% episiotomy rates have their individual episiotomy rate highlighted in red. Since all of the hospitals have caesarean section rates higher than 10 – 15%, none of the caesarean rates for any of the hospitals have been highlighted.

In addition to the data under the hospitals, you will find a number of hospitals also include birth stories from women. Women have graciously sent me their birth stories that I have made anonymous to list under the hospitals where the labor and delivery took place. My goal is to continually add birth stories from women so that someday there will be an abundance of birth stories for each of the hospitals you see.

It is important to note that there are also birthing centers and midwives operating in Massachusetts. There is the North Shore Birth Center that is located within Beverly Hospital and the Cambridge Birth Center that is located within Cambridge Health Alliance. Currently, I do not have data on the birth centers or midwives practicing but am hoping to get some birth stories from those locations soon!

Lastly, I want to say that my objective is to make more evidence-based information (information that is based on empirical science) available to women. There is a vast amount of information and education, whether that is with regards to labor and delivery or postpartum recovery, which never makes it to women and people preparing for birth. With this blog and others like it, information will become available and accessible to all.

-Christine
March 2017

Average Rates in Massachusetts

Anna Jaques Hospital

(Newburyport, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 29.9%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 21.5%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 75.2%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 24.8%
Episiotomy Rate: 1.7%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Baystate Franklin Medical Center

(Greenfield, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 26.9%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 18.9%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 79.4%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 20.6%
Episiotomy Rate: 0%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Baystate Medical Center

(Springfield, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 30.7%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 20.4%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 80.7%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 19.3%
Episiotomy Rate: 4.5%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Berkshire Medical Center (Berkshire Health Systems)

(Pittsfield, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 25%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 16.3%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 81.1%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 18.9%
Episiotomy Rate: 1.2%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth

(Plymouth, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 29.2%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 19.1%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 81.3%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 18.8%
Episiotomy Rate: 2.5%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Beth Israel Medical Center (BIDMC)

(Boston, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 30.9%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 22.1%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 83%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 17%
Episiotomy Rate: 3.2%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

“My daughter was born in August 2016 at BIDMC. We did a birthing class through them and that was great. The instructor had been a labor & delivery nurse for many years and was a mother/grandmother who had MANY interesting birth stories to tell us. The class included a tour of the birth suites and recovery rooms, even where to park, how to get food and when visitors could see us. My daughter was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at 22 weeks gestational age, so we knew she would spend her first 24 hours in the NICU. BIDMC arranged for us to tour the NICU privately (with the lead physician) and we were encouraged to ask questions/share concerns about having her in their care. I made the decision to be induced so that a cardiac team from Children’s Hospital could attend the birth along with the BI NICU team. However, when I arrived for my appointment at 10 AM the day before my daughter was born, I was already 5 cm dilated. I was able to progress without any pain until I was close to fully dilated. In addition to my husband, I had a few friends and family come by to keep me company over the course of the day. The nurses always made them feel welcome. My doctor broke my water late in the evening to begin the process of having her descend the birth canal. I had a lot of paint at that point (10 on a scale of 1-10) and had an epidural. The nurse who was with me for that procedure was AMAZING! I tried to sleep for a few hours before pushing started. I wasn’t able to sleep because there were people coming and going from the room. Once my doctor determined it was time to start pushing, she and the BI nurses were really supportive of me and my husband. After my daughter was born, my husband was allowed to cut the cord. Then the NICU and infant cardiology teams assessed my daughter and determined she could do skin to skin time with me and my husband. The BI really stressed the importance of skin to skin time with parents in the birthing class. After skin to skin time my daughter was taken to the NICU to begin her EKG and other testing to determine whether she would need surgery right away, or if we could take her home and schedule surgery weeks or months later. Once the determination was made she could postpone surgery, they requested to keep her in NICU out of an abundance of caution. We gave our consent because that had been the plan we expected before we were admitted. I was moved from a birthing suite to a hospital room at that point. I was encouraged to see my baby in the NICU as soon as I felt able to. I was also encouraged to visit her as often as I wanted to no matter the time of day. They said the same thing to my husband. The nurses assigned to help with my recovery were so amazing. Always available. Always reassuring me that everything I was feeling (physically & emotionally) was normal and asking to help in any way they could. Our discharge nurse was thorough and gave us the confidence we needed to leave the hospital with our newborn. The only thing I felt they could improve on was breast feeding support. They have a lactation consultant who met with me to assist with breastfeeding support, but I did not leave feeling confident breast feeding my new baby. She was helpful in many ways but I felt I needed more initial support.” – August 2016

Beverly Hospital

(Beverly, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 26.2%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 16.4%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 86.3%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 13.7%
Episiotomy Rate: 3.3%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Boston Medical Center

(Boston, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 30.4%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 22.7%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 84.5%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 15.5%
Episiotomy Rate: 2%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

(Boston, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 30.6%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 21.5%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 75.9%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 24.1%
Episiotomy Rate: 5%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Cambridge Health Alliance

(Cambridge, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 23.4%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 15.1%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 84.3%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 15.7%
Episiotomy Rate: 3%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Cape Cod Hospital

(Hyannis, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 30.7%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 19.2%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 89.4%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 10.6%
Episiotomy Rate: 5.3%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Charlton Memorial Hospital (Southcoast Health)

(Fall River, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 33.7%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 21.4%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 99.6%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: –*
Episiotomy Rate: Declined to Respond
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Cooley Dickinson Hospital

(Northampton, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 32.7%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 24.4%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 87.5%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 12.5%
Episiotomy Rate: 4.8%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Emerson Hospital

(Concord, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 31.5%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 18.6%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 85.7%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 14.3%
Episiotomy Rate: 3.7%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

“I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Emerson. The birthing suite is beautiful. The nurses were all great. I had amazing lactation support. My midwife was unbelievable, sat on the bed with me as I pushed and made it feel like I could have been lying in my bed. The postpartum rooms were large and bright and had a built in bed for my husband to sleep in. They came around every afternoon with a dessert tray (literally the only thing that might make me consider having another child), they emphasized rooming-in, and, in fact, they never took my baby out of the room, did all his tests right in the room with me there and I got to nurse him as they gave him shots, which was awesome. It was really a wonderful birth experience there! Would highly recommend Emerson.” –August 2016

Fairview Hospital (Berkshire Health Systems)

(Great Barrington, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 24%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 15.5%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 100%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 0
Episiotomy Rate: 4.2%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Falmouth Hospital

(Falmouth, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 37.3%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 25%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 97.4%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: –*
Episiotomy Rate: 6.3%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Harrington Memorial Hospital

(Southbridge, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 22.4%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 11.1%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 100%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 0%
Episiotomy Rate: 36.6%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

HealthAlliance Hospital

(Leominster, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 26.9%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 15.9%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 95.2%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 4.8%
Episiotomy Rate: Declined to Respond
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Heywood Hospital

(Gardner, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 19.7%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 14.1%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 75.7%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 24.3%
Episiotomy Rate: 3.7%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Holyoke Medical Center

(Holyoke, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 23.1%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 14.3%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 65.3%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 34.7%
Episiotomy Rate: 1.2%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Lawrence General Hospital

(Lawrence, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 34.9%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 19.7%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 93.9%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 6.1%
Episiotomy Rate: 7.7%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Lowell General Hospital

(Lowell, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 30.9%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 19.8%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 88.7%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 11.3%
Episiotomy Rate: 5.4%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital

(Oak Bluffs, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 26.9%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 17.5%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 93.8%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: –*
Episiotomy Rate: Declined to Respond
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Massachusetts General Hospital

(Boston, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 28.3%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 19.8%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 80.3%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 19.7%
Episiotomy Rate: Declined to Respond
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital

(Melrose, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 33.5%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 21.3%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 100%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 0%
Episiotomy Rate: 9.8%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Mercy Medical Center

(Springfield, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 28.3%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 18.6%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 89.1%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 10.9%
Episiotomy Rate: 3.8%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

MetroWest Medical Center

(Framingham, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 37.3%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 23.1%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 91.5%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 8.5%
Episiotomy Rate: 12.5%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Milford Regional Medical Center

(Milford, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 30.9%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 18.3%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 91%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 9%
Episiotomy Rate: 18.8%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Morton Hospital

(Taunton, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 36.2%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 25.3%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 98.2%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: –*
Episiotomy Rate: 9.4%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Mt. Auburn Hospital

(Cambridge, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 22.3%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 16.1%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 70.7%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 29.3%
Episiotomy Rate: 5.3%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

“My daughter just had her daughter at Mt. Auburn Hospital. The experience was so positive for her. As a mother of four, I was overwhelmingly impressed with the quality of care that both she and my granddaughter received there.” –January 2017

Nantucket Cottage Hospital

(Nantucket, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 32.3%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 19.6%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 100%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 0%
Episiotomy Rate: Declined to Respond
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Newton-Wellesley Hospital

(Newton, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 31%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 19.5%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 94.2%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 5.8%
Episiotomy Rate: 12.5%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

“I loved Newton Wellesley! I delivered with the midwives and it was really great (well – as great as the painful experience of birth can be!) I had a doula with me and the nurses/midwives/doula all worked really well together. I chose the hospital because they had tubs which I wanted to try out, but they also do nitrous oxide, which I didn’t end up using, but I had wanted to try that too. The only negative was that one of the two lactation consultants isn’t too helpful – I found her to be a bit forceful when showing me how my baby should latch and then when I mimicked her she told me I was being too rough. Also when I told her that the latch was painful she was sort of like, “looks good to me!” The next day a different lactation consultant came and she was a dream!  Also – if you didn’t order dinner in the postpartum room before 7pm every day, you missed dinner and had to pay!” – October 2016

“Less than ideal experience, although I do think most of that was related to the doctor, my labor nurse, and my post-partum care. Felt pressured to use interventions, ended up with Pitocin although I didn’t need it (the doc ordered Pitocin because she got in my report that my water had broken (it hadn’t) and she thought I wasn’t progressing fast enough.) After she examined me, she realized she could just break the water and I didn’t need Pitocin, but the nurse had already hung it and convinced her to keep it on board. As a result my labor was quick and intense. I also had significant tearing, which I think could have been avoided (or at least not as bad) if I had longer labor and more time to stretch things out! My intake nurse (overnight) was phenomenal, explained everything, made me feel comfortable, wonderful bedside manner. Second nurse I didn’t love as much. My epidural slipped out of place, and she didn’t believe me when I told her I could feel the contractions. She told me to just “keep pushing the button” I was in so much pain (Pitocin didn’t help) that I stopped being able to speak, my husband had to convince her to get the anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist was great, by the way, second epidural worked great. My doctor never told me how bad the tearing was, and the day I got home I bent over to pick up the baby and tore all my stitches. My post-partum care from her got worse from there, finally causing me to switch practices. The building itself was fine, nothing fancy. My room (after birth) was kind of small but it worked. They offered to take the baby to the nursery both nights I was there, which was fine by me at the time, but I know is not something everyone loves/wants. I had a lot of trouble with my daughter latching, and I found them to be minimally helpful with that. I don’t think I really realized it at the time, but in comparison to my experience at Emerson it was night and day.” – November 2012

North Shore Medical Center – Salem Hospital

(Salem, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 31.5%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 19.1%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 93.5%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 6.5%
Episiotomy Rate: Declined to Respond
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Saint Vincent Hospital

(Worcester, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 31.1%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 21.7%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 82.4%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 17.6%
Episiotomy Rate: 5.9%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital

(Brockton, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 35.1%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 20.8%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 90.5%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 9.5%
Episiotomy Rate: 6.4%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

South Shore Hospital

(South Weymouth, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 32.1%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 22.3%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 81.4%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 18.6%
Episiotomy Rate: 6.8%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

St. Luke’s Hospital (Southcoast Health)

(New Bedford, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 33.3%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 19.2%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 100%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 0%
Episiotomy Rate: Declined to Respond
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Steward Good Samaritan Medical Center

(Brockton, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 38.8%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 26.6%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 96%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 4%
Episiotomy Rate: 14.7%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Steward Holy Family Hospital

(Methuen, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 46.7%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 33.6%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 98%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: –*
Episiotomy Rate: 28.5%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Steward St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

(Boston, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 36.1%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 25.7%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 88.8%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 11.2%
Episiotomy Rate: 8.9%
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

“My son was born at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in April 2006. I’m sure things have changed since then, but my experience was amazing. My son was born 6 weeks early and spent 2 weeks in the NICU because of allergies. When I went into the hospital the staff was very nice. I was really nervous because I was not due until the end of May, and I was afraid something was wrong. The nurses got me hooked up to the monitors and told me everything looked good. The attending doctor that night came in and checked everything out and reassured me that my baby was just fine. I was in labor for 17 hours. Most of it was just a waiting game as the nurses would come in every hour to check my progress. All the labor and delivery rooms are private and are beautiful. Hardwood floors, comfortable beds, cable TV, room service, it was like a hotel room. As my labor progressed, and the pain started to increase, I asked for an epidural. The anesthesiologist came in and gave me a shot in my back. After my entire lower body was numb, it was back to waiting. When my baby was ready to be born, my doctor opened the door to my room and yelled, “Gear up!” Within 2 minutes, she was ready, there were 2 nurses, and 3 staff from the NICU, all in my room prepared to help my baby be born. After he was born, the NICU staff took him to the station they had set up in my room to make sure he was OK. Everything went so smooth with no issues at all. All those people in my room knew exactly what their job was, and did it perfectly. I spent the next 2 days in a different room to rest and recover. Both the nursery and the NICU at St. Elizabeth’s are on the same floor as Labor and Delivery. The staff made it very easy for me to see my baby in the NICU any time I wanted, day or night. Each baby and parent are given matching bracelets so there are no mix-ups, and to get into the NICU, the doors are locked and the staff had to buzz you in. They took excellent care of my son. When you see him today, you would never know he was born six weeks early.” – April 2006

Steward Norwood Hospital

(Norwood, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 31.8%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 20%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 88.1%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 11.9%
Episiotomy Rate: 9.8%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Sturdy Memorial Hospital

(Attleboro, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 36.7%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 24.3%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 90.2%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 9.8%
Episiotomy Rate: 10.7%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Tobey Hospital

(Wareham, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 20.9%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 12.5%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 100%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 0%
Episiotomy Rate: Declined to Respond
Midwifery Services Offered: Yes

Tufts Medical Center

(Boston, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 39.9%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 31%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 81.8%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 18.2%
Episiotomy Rate: 3.5%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Umass Memorial Medical Center

(Worcester, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 28.7%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 19.2%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 79.2%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 20.8%
Episiotomy Rate: 4.5%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

Winchester Hospital

(Winchester, MA)

Total Cesarean Rate: 37.6%
Primary (First-Time) Cesarean Rate: 25.4%
Repeat Cesarean Rate: 90%
VBAC (Vaginal Birth after C-Section) Rate: 10%
Episiotomy Rate: 5.2%
Midwifery Services Offered: No

“My pregnancy was special because I was not carrying for myself, but for my brother and his husband. At the moment of my delivery, it was my wife and I, as well as my brother and his husband. The hospital was wonderful from start to finish, even under not-so-usual conditions. I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy at Winchester Hospital, in September 2002. I entered the hospital a day before at around 5 AM because my water broke, but I was dilated only slightly and nowhere near active labor. In fact, I spent the day waiting for labor to begin, watching movies and walking the halls in an effort to get my labor to progress. Despite some attempts at inducing me throughout the day, active labor did not start until the wee hours of the next morning; nearly twenty four hours after my water broke. Throughout the day I was monitored regularly, and felt no sense of danger or concern for the baby. The room I was in was quite comfortable. The staff was amazing – coming in with enough frequency to ensure everything was ok, but not so much that I felt my privacy was bring infringed upon. I knew I wanted an epidural, and when the contractions started, it was administered quickly and painlessly. The labor progressed for a few more hours. When time came for active pushing, the comfortable room in which I had watched TV and rested throughout the day was suddenly and expertly transformed into a delivery room. When it was announced that I had delivered a boy, the entire room erupted with joy. The baby was slightly jaundiced and had a little hiccup before he started breathing on his own, so they whisked him to the NICU to be certain he was in no danger. From the start of my pregnancy to the end of my stay, everyone on the hospital was wonderful. One of the sweetest things about delivering at Winchester is the hospital’s practice of ringing chimes over the intercom when a baby is delivered. It made me happy to know that the chimes rang for me that day, and it brings back sweet memories to this day, when I am in the hospital and I hear chimes.” – September 2002

(*):  Calculations based on 1 – 4 were excluded.

References

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