I'm reading along in the NY Observer about how all the Park Slope baby boom is actually born in Manhattan, because that's where the "roving Starbuck's carts" [Lenox] and hydrotherapy-enhanced birthing centers [St Luke's] and cushy birthing suites are [NYU], and I'm thinking, come on: this is another one of those made-for-media non-trend stories about over-pampered yuppies. Oy.
But then I read this:
On a recent Monday morning, New York Methodist Hospitalĺ─˘s associate director of maternal child-health nursing, Theresa Uva, was zipping around the fourth-floor labor and delivery ward, doing her best zealous-realtor impression. Small and cheery, with a purple smiley-face sticker stuck to her lab-coat lapel, she proudly showed off fetal monitors, high-tech ĺ─˙Star Warsĺ─¨ lights and new postpartum roomsĺ─ţall the while ticking off a list of planned innovations: 19 private overnight rooms, 50 beds total, a ĺ─˙tremendousĺ─¨ new nursery, future ĺ─˙support groupsĺ─¨ for breast-feeding moms, a full-time lactation consultant and a postpartum consultant.And I'm like, wha?? NO private recovery rooms? Old nursery? NO fulltime lactation consultant?
No wonder people are schlepping back into the city to have their babies.
Read it quick, the Observer clamps down on its archives after a week.