Why We Love Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Labor & Delivery
Although there are many options for Tricare beneficiaries, many times families choose to have Tricare Prime and be seen at the local MTF for pregnancy care and delivery. While we understand that every provider or hospital is not the right fit for every family, we want to tell you why we love Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH) so much!
Fort Belvoir is not only our most frequent location for birth support, but it also happens to be our favorite! Military hospitals are often associated with the negative feelings that are seen in the media with the VA hospitals – though MTFs and VA hospitals are not related in anyway. Let me give you a few reasons to love FBCH! (Remember that these opinions reflect our own personal experiences and there is no data specifically reported on these opinions).
- Providers are on duty. The doctors and midwives that are working on the labor and delivery deck have DUTY for a period of time. This is mostly good for the patient. For the bad part, it may mean you may see one, two or more doctors during your labor. This isn’t uncommon with civilian hospitals either, but if I had to give a negative, there it is. Since the providers on the L&D floor have duty, that means that when their shift is over, another doctor/midwife will take over duty. For the patient, that means that there is no proverbial clock that a provider is watching to ensure that you deliver by some magical time. In our personal experience, Fort Belvoir is very mother friendly and want you to have the labor experience you desire so they will let you labor for as long as necessary so long as you and your baby are healthy and responding well to the labor.
- The rooms are large and lavish. These rooms have all of the bells and whistles that you might want during your stay—this applies to both the labor and delivery and the mother/baby unit. They have all of the tools to help you have the labor that you would like. Some great perks to the rooms include: lights you can dim for your preference, large walk in showers you and your partners can use during labor, peanut and birth balls, squat bars, full size foldout couch for your partner to sleep on (both in labor and mother/baby unit).
- The staff is amazing and are there for YOU! We cannot speak any more highly of this staff. They love having doulas on your birth team (in fact, when we walk in, they are excited and we often get hugs from the nurses on duty that day!), they are friendly and kind and most of all, they really desire to have you have the birth that you are planning. The staff listens to your wants and desires and they help you achieve your goals. There are Lactation Consultants on staff that will also visit you in Mother/Baby if you plan to breastfeed.
- MTFs are not for profit hospitals. This one seems like a no brainer right? Of course the hospital is not for profit, it is a DoD benefit to be able to be seen at these hospitals which means insurance is not billed for your care. But how is your birth going to benefit from that? To put it simply, since it is not for profit, there are often less unwanted interventions in a DoD hospital. Though it is hard to find true birthing stats on MTFs, you can ask any nurse or charge nurse on a L&D floor at an MTF and you will find out that the cesarean births are nearly half of what the civilian counterparts are. That does not mean you will not be in fantastic care if you require a cesarean, it just means that the rates are less for those who have less risk factors to need one!
Overall, we have been overwhelmingly happy with Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and the quality of care you receive from the providers during prenatal appointments, throughout the labor and immediate postpartum care. Feel free to message us on Facebook if you have any specific questions regarding Fort Belvoir Community Hospital or their provider options.
For provider and location options for patients delivering at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital check out this blog.
For other hospitals in the area that we attend births at, view this blog.
Author: Melanie Binversie