hoity to the toity


This article ran this month in a local Twin Cities magazine. It is about the maternity ward at the hospital where DanO and I are planning to deliver Nugget.

And it makes me feel kinda… yuppie.

First of all, it is not a ‘Hospital’, it is a, ahem, “Health Campus” where they have “birth experience[s]” . The author likens it to a “luxury hotel” with “gazebo[s] and walking paths” on the property. Oh-so-schfancy.

I sure hope they allow multi-colored, self-fixed cars on that property.

There are details in the article about the different methods of healing therapies available to patients too, which leaves me with a little bit of a strange, new-agey taste in my mouth (healing energies?) but I could definitely go for some of that essential massage oil therapy they mention. Where to I sign up?

The reason we chose this hospital has nothing to do with the “spacious corridors in warm colors” or the “light woodwork” throughout (I’m partial to dark walnut anyway), but it has everything to do with the way that they view birth.

Because of the research that shows that an infant‚Äôs attachment instinct is highest during the first few hours and the two days after birth, Woodwinds does not have a ‘nursery’. Babies are kept in the rooms with their families so they are readily available for Mom and Dad to love on them skin to skin, not stare at them through a glass window. Allowing new parents to provide early care (such as baby’s first bath) is a confidence builder too, and nurses are there if you need them to help you nagivate washing the bellybotton region.


DanO and I wanted a hospital setting for our birth, but we also didn’t want to feel forced into procedures or ‘standard practices’ (such as putting your baby in a plastic box behind a glass window) if they just don’t make sense. This ‘hospital’ has a very intentional merging of high tech (hello, water-proof fetal monitors so you can take a bath or shower while laboring) and natural (I’ll take a mint oil massage to my lower-back, thanks) approach to medicine that sound just dandy for our birth experience, however long or short (short. let’s do short.) it may be.

By far the best part, though, is that Brahms’ Lullaby is played throughout the entire “Health Campus” every time a new baby is born.

How stinkin’ cute is that?

Click here to read the entire article.

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