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    How do you like Balboa Navy Hospital?

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    Over all?? And also.. what was your experiance having a baby there? I'm very new to this hospital. Please share
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    Had Jacob there. It was ok there. I had a better experience with a civi hospital when I had Brenna.
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    I haven't had a baby there, but I have been treated there for normal appts and the ER and all the expierences I have had were good, except one. But she wasn't my normal Dr so I don't count it.



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    I dealt with FAU (Featal Assesment Unit) at Balboa and delivered my son there.

    I enjoyed the staff in both departments. They all took the time to get to know me and my family. Made sure I knew everything that was going on. Anytime I had questions during my pregnancy the staff at FAU was beyond helpful. One of the Corpsman sat with me while I cried and kept Anya occupied for me during one of the ultrasounds that didn't go well.

    I am going to be delivering at Balboa again next year and look forward to it.



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    I delivered my 3rd baby at Balboa via planned c-section (due to past history and risks). My surgical staff was wonderful and my post partum care was great as well! I also recieved all my prenatal care at the OB clinic on sight. It was wonderful as well, so no complaints here. The parking on the other hand can be a headache, it's just so busy!
    I also had a friend who delivered her first baby there 12 days before my c-section and she had a great experience as well with labor and delivery. She did have a problem with the midwife she was seeing in the beginning (it was at the NTC outpatient clinic), but she switched to an OB onsight at Balboa and it was smooth sailing from there.
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    I absolutely loved it.

    My son was born on Camp Pendleton, but he had some respiratory issues and he had to go down to Balboa because the hospital here on CP doesn't have a neonatal respiratory unit. I had to have a C-section, so I had to stay in the hospital longer. The hospital transferred me down to Balboa at Tricare's expense and I was there for about a week.

    My son had to stay longer and ended up getting boarder status--I stayed, though I wasn't a patient anymore. IF they have space for you, the social workers in the hospital will help you out. I had a woman named Maria: she was a sweetie--she jumped through hoops for us while hubby's command dicked him around. She also managed to get him ordered to the hospital temporarily so we didn't have to drive to and from SD every day- that's a two hour round trip, sometimes twice! If you live in SD or Miramar, that option may not be open to you.

    The NICU was FANTASTIC: when I was there, you could visit any time, save for turn overs, and the staff was excellent. They kept me up to date on my son's progress.

    I had some communication issues with the doctor that was checking on my every morning, but it was only the one guy.

    If you end up having to stay in the hospital, the food is fairly good as far as hospital food goes. It's also cheap: if you end up boarding, you can check out the Fisher house-- military's version of Ronald McDonald house.

    Remember that Balboa is a training hospital: corpsman and doctors are trained there.

    I hope this helps you-- if you need any more help, PM me and I'll tell you all I know
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    I was stationed at Balboa for over 5 years. In fact, I was in charge of the L&D O.R. I know the doctors very well. Also had both my babies there... (except DD was delivered somewhere else because I was on emergency leave). The doctors there are incredible. Personally, I don't recommend the midwives, except for one, and I think she is on the blue team. I saw the teal team. Dr. O'Neill, Kinsella, and Wood are all amazing. (all female) I, personally, saw Dr. O'Neill (she is awesome!) as do most staff at the hospital. Dr. Kinsella is definetly the sweetest though. Let me know if you have any questions about any of the docs or the care there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FC wifey View Post
    I was stationed at Balboa for over 5 years. In fact, I was in charge of the L&D O.R. I know the doctors very well. Also had both my babies there... (except DD was delivered somewhere else because I was on emergency leave). The doctors there are incredible. Personally, I don't recommend the midwives, except for one, and I think she is on the blue team. I saw the teal team. Dr. O'Neill, Kinsella, and Wood are all amazing. (all female) I, personally, saw Dr. O'Neill (she is awesome!) as do most staff at the hospital. Dr. Kinsella is definetly the sweetest though. Let me know if you have any questions about any of the docs or the care there.
    I saw Dr. O'Neil as well and loved her so much that when I got preg 29 months after she did my tubal, i went back to see her again!!!
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    I had my DD there, with a midwife, and it went great.
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    I haven't delivered a baby there, my dd sees specialists there, we've done ER and PICU. I think Balboa, as a whole, is a pretty decent hospital. I think they are too busy, though. Too busy meaning overcrowded, which means sometimes the patient gets lost in the shuffle.
    And I do have one major reservation with the hospital, which would come into play if I had to deliver a baby there. According to a Respiratory Therapist who works in PICU and NICU, there is not an attending doctor for NICU and PICU in the hospital at all times. Nights and weekends there is a resident in charge. The RT told me he felt it was quite safe because an attending doctor could get to the hospital in 10-20 minutes.
    In a serious situation, a lot can happen in 10-20 minutes. That made me extremely uncomfortable. I do not know statistics, but many children's hospitals have an on call attending neonatologist and pediatric intensivist on the hospital grounds at all times.
    I will not have my child undergo a major surgery at Balboa, for that reason. If something went wrong, I do not want a doctor in training making critical decisions. When my dd spent a few days in PICU for an illness, there was an intern in charge of the unit. They had trouble starting an IV, and then we had to wait 30 minutes while the intern contacted the resident, and she drove up there to try to start the IV herself, which, ultimately didn't happen either, but that is another story. The point is that I think having an inexperienced doctor in charge of an intensive care unit is concerning, and creates potential for mistakes.
    Other than that, I don't really have any complaints about the hospital. We have had only a few unpleasant incidents. The staff is always very nice, especially the nurses.
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