I had my 2 fabulous babies at Saddleback Memorial. While my son came out in a fairly-controlled manner, my daughter didn't wait for the doctor to get there...but thankfully by then they had a full Doctor on staff (Dr. Vu) who could deliver her so that the nurses didn't have to freak out! I had to walk a lot to get everything going but once my water broke, she was out in less than 15mins. Kuddos to the medical team who kept it all under control :)
May 23, 2013 5:33 pm
I had my scheduled c-section in march of 2012, and it went so well! I have never been more thankful for anything in my life. The nurses, doctors and anesthesiologist were all so kind and caring. The four days after my surgery I was treated so well; it felt like a spa! They cared for my baby at night, so I was able to get some sleep, brought me great food, and encouraged me when I started walking. The nurses and staff just helped me in any way they could, and even wrote me a thank you note after! I wish I would have written down their names and been able to send them one after! Also, I loved the well-stocked snack room, I still crave the juice cocktails :) Me and my friend who also had c-sections their reminisce about the wonderful time we had there and have to remind ourselves that that's not the only reason to have more kids!! ;)
May 21, 2013 6:27 pm
My beautiful daughter, Alexandra Elizabeth, was born at Saddleback 22 years ago on February 17, 1991! My experience at Saddleback Memorial was wonderful! I remember my labor/deliver/recovery room was beautiful and very large! Dr. Sternfeld and all the nursing staff were wonderful, caring and very helpful to a first time mom (had twins 2 years later!). My daughter is now 22 years old and graduating from CSU Fullerton with a degree in Communications/Entertainment studies. It is still so hard to believe that 22 years has passed so quickly! It really seems like yesterday when she was born. Everytime I pass by Saddleback Memorial, I look up at the room I delivered my baby girl in!!!
May 16, 2013 12:43 pm
My name is Mariana L. and my doctor is Dr. Elizabeth Johnson. I've been going to see Dr Johnson for years and I didn't doubt to see her when I got pregnant and it turns out I was having TWINS!. My experience at Saddleback Memorial couldn't have been better, from day 1 of my pregnancy to the day we went home with the boys everything was more than PERFECT. Dr. Johnson has been an incredible support for me during my pregnancy, she took care of me so well that I can't thank her enough. My pregnancy was full term perfect and she delivered 2 healthy baby boys at the hospital on April 17, 2008. Our experience during the 4 days we were at the hospital was unbelievably awesome, doctors and nurses took great care of me and the babies. We went home so happy and I can't wait to come back in the future to have more babies!
Me and my husband would like to thank first of all Dr. Elizabeth Johnson for being so amazing and for taking care of me for so many years and we want to say thank you to all the staff at SADDLEBACK MEMORIAL HOSPITAL for helping and taking good care of us every time we need them.
Mariana, Mariano, Felipe and Santiago.
May 13, 2013 5:31 pm
My baby is a Saddleback Memorial baby girl. She is brand new to this big world. Born on April 30, 2013. Her name is Danica Rae. What I remember most about her arrival is the care I received from the nurses during my initial check in all the way through to the last day I stayed. I received such wonderful advice. Right now Danica is 11 days old. She is just beginning to adjust to this world. I am enjoying every minute of her innocence. Everyday she just amazes my husband and I. We always find ourselves staring at her awestruck we created this little human being. I have no regrets about delivering at Saddleback Memorial and feel privileged to have been able to go to this hospital for the birth of my first baby.
May 13, 2013 5:29 pm
Kaden Ryan was born on 2/23/2007, the GREATEST day of my life! From the first moment I heard him cry, I loved him beyond my wildest dreams. This little bundle of cuteness (well I guess not so little, 9lbs, 3oz) changed my life forever. The smile on my Dad’s face the moment he got to feed Kaden for the first time in Kaden’s life was a priceless gift I am so happy to have given my parents. I remember taking a tour of Saddleback Memorial with my Brownie troop back in 1979. Little did I know that 28 years later I would give birth to my son at that same hospital. Whenever I am in the area going to other doctor appointments, I always take a moment to look up at those big windows in the Women’s Center and smile as I remember how my life changed there. Being a new Mom has so many things you need to remember and do, but the staff at Saddleback Memorial took the best care of Kaden and me. Amy and Erin were just two of the nurses that were simply amazing. 6 years later, Kaden is a Kindergarten, wow how times flies. He's sweet, kind, caring, and smart and makes me laugh every day. He plays baseball, flag football, basketball, loves to swim, and wants to be a police officer when he grows up. (Well….at least that’s the plan for now…. last week he wanted to be a chef) Kaden has opened my eyes to look at things in so many different ways, he truly is my greatest accomplishment ever. Life doesn't ever seem to turn out the way you imagine, but through all my ups and downs, Kaden has and will continue to be my inspiration.
May 6, 2013 12:56 pm
I have worked at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center for over 25 years. I always say, I have worked on every floor of the hospital, but my most gratifying work was on the second floor of the Womens Hospital where I delivered my son almost 16 years ago. I was one of those "late" moms and wasn't really sure that I was ever going to be blessed enough to have a child. From the moment my pregnancy was confirmed by Linda Bertucci, NP, in Dr. Kaminskas' office, I did not worry about my baby. I knew I was in the best of hands delivering my baby at Saddleback Memorial. Nine and one-half months later :o) my most beautiful son was delivered by c-section. Saddleback Memorial was and still is a part of my greatest accomplishment and I am forever grateful.
May 1, 2013 11:19 am
I love this hospital. My first baby was born at a different local hospital and I did not have the same experience so I was happy to try Saddleback Memorial with my 2nd and it was so great, I had my 3rd baby here. Lovely rooms and I noticed that the food quality improved, which was my only criticism of my last stay. The nurses are great and they are a woman's choice facility, meaning they defer to my choice, as opposed to guilting me into doing everything that "they" feel is correct. They are very understanding and make you feel celebrated for choosing their hospital. Discharge was a piece of cake, too. Facilities are super clean and it is a great place to recover after labor. I can't say enough nice things about this hospital and have repeatedly recommended it to my friends and family.
April 30, 2013 11:05 am
I am a high school student. I am one of many with dreams for my future, but I feel I am one with a special story. I remember the very day when my mom showed me a picture of a tiny baby you could fit in your hand with IV's, oxygen and a breathing tube. That baby was me. I was born two months early and spent my first month in the NICU at Saddleback Hospital. My story influenced my decision to become a Registered Nurse after I graduate high school this year. Currently I volunteer at another hospital in the maternity ward. Occasionally I escort a new mom to the NICU to see her baby. Even though the moms are upset, I know that I give them hope when I tell them my story. My dream is to become a NICU nurse so I could impact the lives of families just as the Saddleback Memorial NICU nurses, doctors, and specialist did for my family when I was a tiny patient back in 1995.
April 23, 2013 4:35 pm
On December 16th, at about 33 weeks I was admitted for preeclampsia and put on hospital bed rest until I was to deliver. I was upset and wanting to go home. All the nurses really helped my stay become more comfortable. I was told several times by the neonatologist that I needed to get to at least 34 weeks to ensure a more healthy, well developed baby. At midnight on December 23, 2009, marking the 34 weeks I went in to labor and was taken in for a c-section since my baby was breech. I was excited! Dr. Norris-Walsh came in, introduced herself and assured me everything would go great. My c-section wasn't as quick, easy and simple as I had heard they could be. About 1 hour after surgery began my little boy was delivered 4lbs 11 oz and screaming. I was so happy to hear him since I new something wasn't quite right. I knew c-sections typically don't take that long but later I found out he was very stuck. I didnt get to see my baby for almost 24 hours since i was heavilly medicated but the NICU nurses took a few great photos and did hand prints and footprints of my baby and created and Christmas Card from him. For the next 10 days the amazing Saddleback Memorial NICU took great care of my baby. I am thankful for the wonderful nurses, doctors and staff for the round the clock care during my stay and my sons stay at Saddleback Memorial Women's Hospital. I look forward to delivering my 2nd child there this August 2013.
April 23, 2013 11:25 am