Any Experience Delivering at Highland Hospital?
My partner and I have just recently moved to the Bay Area (more specifically, El Cerrito) and are expecting another child. We delivered our first son back in France where the labor and delivery was very much led by a wonderful mid-wife and her team. I'm feeling very fortunate as my health insurance will allow me to deliver pretty much at any hospital/clinic so I'm doing my research to see what options I have. We want to be as practical as possible, so although I've heard great things about UCSF and John Muir (Walnut Creek) L&D units, I don't want to risk sitting in traffic once contractions start. It looks like Alta Bates is our closest and most practical option, but I've heard mixed reviews of Alta Bates, mostly on the negative side. Also, my understanding is that it can be over-crowded and private rooms for postpartum patients don't exist. It sounds silly, but this latter point is really important to me.
Someone jokingly suggested that I consider Highland Hospital as they've just built a new L&D unit, which I'm now considering! I understand this new unit has all private rooms and is based on a midwifery model of care (something I'm totally keen on). Although I'm familiar with Highland's reputation as Alameda county's ER/trauma center, I know nothing about their labor and delivery unit. With this new unit, I'm really curious to hear from anyone who's had experience delivering a baby at Highland. Could you share your thoughts and experience (with the nurses, midwifes, doctors, labor surprises, etc) and would you recommend it?
Outside of the hospitals I've already mentioned, are there other ones in the El Cerrito/Richmond/Berkeley area I should look in to? Perhaps Kaiser Oakland...??
Thanks in advance!