After much debate, we opted for San Dimas Community Hospital. Good thing, too, because had we been farther away from our doctor’s office, he would have likely missed the delivery. More on that in a different post.
In spite of hearing quite a bit negative about the hospital (much of it having to do with the ER), the delivery staff was fantastic. Our delivery nurse, Peggy, has been a delivery nurse for more than 30 years and took great care of us. Other nurses assisted with nursing and other tasks, helping us as new parents to get our ‘sea legs.’
We got to stay in the same room from the time we checked in until the time we left. The dad (me!) got a roll-away cot to sleep on, while mom stayed in the hospital bed. This made for a slightly more crowded room, but a marginally more comfortable sleeping experience.
Due to high-risk of jaundice (positive on the Coombs test), we were kept a full 48 hours after delivery. Connor was put in the double Bili-bed, which was hard because we had to limit how much time he spent off of the table. Even so, they brought the unit into the room, rather than taking him to the nursery.
Perhaps one of the most impressive things occurred just before we were discharged. We were unsure as to whether Connor would be discharged, but Mel had to be due to insurance. Due to a low census, they offered to let us stay with him in maternity, even though we were being discharged. Knowing that we would be able to stay right there with Connor if he had to stay another day for the light therapy gave us peace of mind. This was something that the hospital did NOT have to offer, and yet they did!
Thanks to all of the staff at San Dimas Community Hospital for a great experience.