Even basic care is declining at Piedmont
My wife fainted each time they tried to move her out of labor and delivery. Which they tried to do immediately and then two more subsequent times--all with same result. The 2nd time she fainted, she turned super pale with blue lips. I made the simple suggestion that they give her some oxygen until she regains conscientiousness (you know, with that tubing they put in your nose) and the bedside nurse and then the charge nurse both took a turn telling me it was NOT my place to make suggestions.
This was our 2nd baby at piedmont with a number of years separating each birth. What a difference time makes. We had one wonderful RN and 3 RNs that well, where at best, indifferent and mostly where no where to be found.
After that first frightening night, where they simply slapped her on a stretcher and carted her over to mother and baby, my wife asked the nurse about doing a sids bath. The nurse seemed to not know what we where talking about and then finally had a tech drop of the plastic tub in the room. At no point did anyone offer to help her take her first sids bath or explain to us how to use it despite us having beep the call bell several times over an eight hour shift.
The problems described in the media that Piedmont seems to be having are clearly evident all the way down to the bedside and elsewhere. For example, they went from 3 lactation consultants to 1.
Conclusion: The drive to Northside Hospital is totally worth it.