H.T. asks from Gilbert, AZ on July 21, 2009
Looking for Recent Birth Experiences at Chandler Regional Hospital...
I am 35 weeks pregnant and had my first baby at Mercy Gilbert (which I absolutely loved). My current OB/GYN's office is right next to Chandler Regional, and we have been entertaining the idea of just going there to have baby #2 - specifically because we are thinking about having an unscheduled repeat c-section. (Not setting a date, but waiting until I go into labor.)
Our Dr. indicated that would probably be a bit easier if we did it at Chandler, because he would be close by and more likely to be available than if we went to Mercy (he would most likely make it no matter what; but if he is stuck with a VBAC or an emergency at Chandler, he wouldn't be able to go to Mercy.)
So I am curious to hear about recent experiences at Chandler Regional and what their facilities are like -- specifically the rooms you stay in after the baby is born. (I've been to the L & D Triage 2 times already to be checked out.) The nurses in Triage seemed pretty nice, but I think I like the triage area at Mercy better...didn't seem as busy either.
Also if anyone has been to both hospitals (Chandler and Mercy Gilbert) I would love to hear your comparison between the two. I'm asking because I can't get in for a tour until August 3rd...and I have a feeling this baby might be early again (my daughter was born at 37 weeks) and if that's the case, I won't make it to the tour date!
L.G. answers from Phoenix on July 22, 2009
I had a great experience at CRH! In February 2006 I had an emergency C-Section and it went so smoothly, I was admitted and finished in 30 minutes! Every thing went well. It was my second birth at CRH. My first was normal, but just as smooth. The attention I received was phenomenal.
My doctor was Goodman & Partridge.
A.D. answers from Phoenix on July 22, 2009
If possible I would go to Mercy gilbert. I had my daughter at Chandler and was put into the overflow rooms on the second floor and the room was so small that if someone had the recliner leaned back you could not open the door. So the nurses were coming in and out all night and my mom was trying to sleep in the chair but had to sit up to let them in. Also, the overflow rooms were across from the ICU and those nurses would not help you at all. The labor and delivery rooms were fine and the nurses downstairs were great. I had my son at gilbert and it was overall a much better experience.
J.R. answers from Phoenix on July 22, 2009
I had my first child via c-section @ chandler and I hated the fact that the postpartum rooms were so small....not a good experience overall! I had my second @ mercy in october and I felt like i was in a resort compared to Chandler.....I will never go back to chandler personally.
M.P. answers from Phoenix on July 22, 2009
I personally do not have a comparison for you. My doctor however delivers at both. I want Mercy just cause its closer to my house. I did ask her which she would prefer. Her office is right next to Mercy. She told me it really didnt matter...she delivered both her own kids at CHandler. They are basically owned by the same people. My paper work for Mercy says Chandler all over it. I wanted to have my tubes tide when I deliver and Mercy wont do that...but I am sticking with Mercy just cause its so close. hehe I am not sure this has helped..but bottom line my doc says they are a lot the same!! Good luck..im just 4 weeks behind you...hehe but several more years older!!!
D.S. answers from Phoenix on July 22, 2009
My daughter just had her baby at Chandler Regional a few months ago and said that she had a wonderful experience and the staff was great! She also had to have a C- Section . She said her nurses were really good and took very good care of her and the baby. If you have the C-section the room is small but it is meant for you and the baby. They had a recliner for my son in law to sleep in when he was there and said that it wasn't that bad. They have a few chairs in your room for visiters too. Also had a TV which is a plus my daughter told me :) She said that she would want to have all of her children there and really liked the hospital a lot.
It was also really good experience becasue they have a big area in front of the nursery and you can film and take pictures when they are giving the baby their first bath, taking their foot print and everything.
I have also had many surgeries their too and I think it is a really good place to go.
Good Luck in your choice and having the baby.
D.H. answers from Phoenix on July 22, 2009
I had our second child at Chandler Hospital. It was an unscheduled c-section on Thanksgiving weekend!
The triage area, you're right, isn't all that great. I wasn't in there very long - I got there about noon, they checked me, called my doctor and told me I'd be kept in the hospital until my 5:00 surgery time. I was taken to sort of a "waiting room" with lots of beds, where I was attended to by very sweet nurses. It was a long afternoon, and completely unplanned, so they did their best to keep my husband and I upbeat and entertained.
When I was taken into surgery for my c-section, the nurse that held me still while they gave me the spinal tap was SO SWEET. She was trying to talk to me about the football game that was on, rubbing my arms, petting my head. She was just lovely. And once we got in there, and my hubby came in, it was like "old home week" because a couple of the attendants were from my husband's home town. Their conversation took my mind off of what was going on "down below".
When they were done, I was wheeled into that same "waiting area" where I was able to see my family, my 3 year old son came in to see me, and I was able to see my husband showing off our new daughter to everybody through the window. After cleaning me up, I was taken to a room. Now - the rooms are TINY! I mean really TINY! If you have a lot of family, they won't be able to visit all at once. The rooms are so small. But hey, you're only there a couple of days, so it's not that big a deal.
The staff - nurses, attendants, everybody - were just wonderful! They really made my experience the best. I can't think of anything they didn't do, or wouldn't do for me, my husband or anybody. I really had a great experience at Chandler Hospital. I thought after my first child was born in Prescott, at Yavapai Regional, I couldn't have a better experience, but this one really was great.
H.C. answers from Phoenix on July 22, 2009
One of my closest friends (also named H.) had her son at Chandler Regional 5 months ago. It was a terrible experience but I think it was her doctor's fault more than the staff. He left her with the nurses and didn't tend to her for more than 10 hours. She started having seizures. She is not epileptic or anything, I think all the meds and leaving the baby in to long and not checking her....something happened. She is fine and so is the baby but we all think she just got lucky.
We all just wonder should the staff have known to get him or another doctor or push the doctor to come see her????
Again, I don't know who was at fault here, I assume the doctor.
I would talk to your doctor about your concerns and see what he says. If he is open to Mercy Gilbert, go there.
Best of luck. Either way I know you will be okay. There are trained professionals at both places. :)
K.P. answers from Phoenix on July 22, 2009
I had two babies at CRH and one at Mercy Gilbert. I preferred my experience at MG. I felt like I was at Club Med (ok, I've never been to club med) at MG. At CRH I has some of the same situations others have told about (bulk recovery rooms, a few rude nurses, etc) but my biggest issue was not enough food. I constantly felt like I was starving at CRH. MG I got plenty of food and the atmosphere is more relaxed, more modern, etc.
I am planning to have my next babies there (Twins at 31 weeks!), but I will say that if you are in labor and not yet 34 weeks, go to CRH, they are set up for under 34 weeks, MG is not.
A.H. answers from Phoenix on July 23, 2009
My daughter was born at Chandler Regional March 2008. All the nurses were exceptionally nice. I was a little aggravated when I was in labor but I can't totally blame them but because her heart rate would not stay on the monitor I was only allowed on my side and I was extremely uncomfortable! The recovery rooms are tiny and thats my biggest complaint at some point you get claustrophobic and if yo0u have lost of visitors it gets so cramped! Now I have two other kids and my SO who were there often so it was quite crowded! I had to choose chandler over Mercy because I have step B and jaundice babies and their NICCU is better so that's where my doctor said I needed to have her:) Plus my doc office and pediatrician are across from the hospital so its makes it easier!~