Melissa Bistodeau, had a scheduled C-Section in the afternoon. She, along with her husband Joe Bistodeau, and son Cole, got the royal treatment.
Nurses and doctors gave them a standing ovation as they made their way to their room.
The hospital is opening in stages, due at least in part to the current recession. It's current focus in on labor and delivery, and it's marketing campaign to attract patients appears to be working. The hospital website heralds its facility as the "region's premier birth center" and boasts of labor and delivery suites that help you feel "at home."
According to the Star Tribune (emphasis added):
On Saturday, nearly 6,000 visitors showed up for an open house at the new facility. People milled around the lobby clutching gift bags and chatting with Cochrane as the Maple Grove High School jazz band played. Kids got their faces painted. Outside, families posed for photos in front of a North Memorial helicopter.
Todd and Christine Nelson of Ramsey were in a long line waiting to tour the birth center and surgical area. Christine is expecting her first baby in April. She says she changed obstetricians so she could deliver at Maple Grove.
Hmmmm. The birth center AND surgical area? Since when do these two things go together? I guess the state's 26% cesarean rate might tell us something about that.
While Maple Grove Hospital may be selling itself as the best maternity care around, evidence from scientific research suggests other standards. The Milbank Report on Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What it is and What it Can Achieve, based on a rigorous analysis of the best scientific studies of childbirth available, states (emphasis added):
Although most childbearing women and newborns in the United States are healthy and at low risk for complications, national surveys reveal that essentially all women who give birth in U.S. hospitals experience high rates of interventions with risks of adverse effects. Optimal care avoids when possible interventions with increased risk for harm. This can be accomplished by supporting physiologic childbirth and the innate, hormonally driven processes that developed through human evolution to facilitate the period from the onset of labor through birth of the baby, the establishment of breastfeeding, and the development of attachment. With appropriate support and protection from interference, for example, laboring women can experience high levels of the endogenous pain-relieving opiate beta-endorphin and of endogenous oxytocin, which facilitates labor progress, initiates a pushing reflex, inhibits postpartum hemorrhage, and confers loving feelings. Large national prospective studies report that women receiving this type of care are much less likely to rely on pain medications, labor augmentation, forceps/vacuum extraction, episiotomy, cesarean section, and other interventions than similar women receiving usual care. Such physiologic care is also much less costly and thus provides outstanding value for those who pay for it. Burgeoning research on the developmental origins of health and disease clarifies that some early environmental and medical exposures are associated with adverse effects in childhood and in adulthood. Recognition of known harms and the possibility that many harms have not yet been clarified further underscores the importance of fostering optimal physiologic effects and limiting use of interventions whenever possible.
Unless the care providers at Maple Grove Hospital (or any birth place, for that matter) support this kind of evidence-based care, expectant mothers and families in the Twin Cities might want to think twice before signing up for this "premier" birth center.