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    Delivering at Portsmouth Naval?

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    I am from Norfolk originally, but just came back home from Arizona to have my second baby, due December 13th. DH has transfer orders for the end of November which is why I came here now so we didn't get stuck on the west coast! I have only been to Portsmouth Naval emergency room and have not had very good experiences, so I am a little nervous about delivering there and was hoping for someone to shed some light on this . Any experiences or thoughts would be much appreciated!
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    I delivered my last child there. She was my only MTF birth too. Living in Hampton Rds for 8 years, at that point, I had heard horror stories about Portsmouth. My prenatal care there was top notch amazing. I was seen in the high risk clinic and had a fantastic OB. When I delivered, I delivered early and was able to have a VBAC, instead of a repeat C-section. The staff was beyond encouraging of the VBAC and really supportive all around. I was really happy with the care we received.

    Since I've had her, I've had a few friends deliver there too. They've seemed to have pretty good experiences too.
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    I do feel that the care has improved greatly since NMC Portsmouth combined the OB/GYN clinics with the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) clinic. Also, finding other doctors that really care about you and not seeing the next person as fast as they can. I do look forward to having my future baby there!

    I had a 2 day stay back in December in the womans wing of the hospital due to heavy bleeding/ PCOS issues. My gyn/specialist along with others from the clinic came in 2 times a day to check on me. Once I got home some of the docs called me to check in and make sure I was okay a few days after also.
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    That does make me feel a little better! I too have heard horror stories about it there but this is from people who delivered there 10+ years ago, so it's nice to know they have gotten better since.
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    My little girls have ALL 4 of their specialists there. Its amazing every other duty station is so unorganized. I have been very impressed by the level of care there. I think they are clean well organized and the people there I thought were very caring and helpful. I will be sad when we no longer are able to go there.
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    I delivered my daughter there November 2011. I had to be induced (at 41+4-- bleh!), so that part sucked. But otherwise, I had a great experience! Just make sure to ask the doctors details about your prescriptions! I always figured that someone would stick around and talk to me about birth control and no one did.
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    Well I am mostly worried about the care we are receiving, I have taken my son and step daughter to their ER and while the nurses were friendly, I found the doctors to be a little disrespectful, and did not seem very sure of what they were doing or how to even answer my questions. But as long as their L&D staff is a little better I'll be ok! I think I'll probably be due to take a tour there in the near future so maybe I'll have a little better idea. Any idea of what the stay time there is after giving birth (should everything go smoothly)? With my son it was 3 days and everyone told me that was a bit longer than most hospitals.

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