We’re wrapping up our time here at United Hospital in St. Paul, and will be heading home in just four or five hours. The little one is off getting yet another test done on him, leaving mom and dad with a brief moment of peace and quiet. Actually, that’s kind of misleading, as Mathias has been a very quiet baby so far, maybe too quiet. We’re getting used to waking him up and feeding him, as opposed to just feeding him when he indicates he wants to be fed, which was our plan over the first day. According to the nurses, he isn’t as fussy and hungry as he should be.
We’ve worked with nine nurses over the course of our time here at United, and it’s been interesting to see the differences in approach and thinking. Comments on circumcision, clothing choices and even naming have often had very clear links to the age and experience of the nurse involved. This morning, one of the younger (and seemingly more hip) nurses seemed to get a bit perturbed that some of the other nurses were still assuming that last name of the baby was always the same as the mother. “I keep telling them 25% of the time that’s not true anymore.” I get the feeling that may be an ongoing point of drama among the staff.
To be clear, though, with the exception of one nurse that was a bit of a tool, we’ve been happy with the variety. While there’s something to be said for consistency, there’s definitely something to gain from a variety of opinion as well.
Lisa and I haven’t really formally talked about this, but I think we’d feel comfortable recommending United to expectant parents. A few of the things that seemed like negatives when we were researching hospitals, such as having to make a transfer from the delivery wing to the recovery wing, didn’t prove to be much of an issue. (Many birth centers these days are set up so mom, dad and baby can stay in one room for the duration of their stay.) In a way, it was actually kind of nice to be in a different area after the delivery, even though both the delivery and recovery areas were comfortable and well-staffed.
Well, mom needs to get back to feeding, and dad needs to make sure the car seat is installed properly. Back to being parents!