Post # 1
I have been calling every hour for TWO (starting 3) days to try to schedule my hospital tour, and I can’t get anyone to answer the damn phone. There are only three tours left before my due date, and I need to get signed up for one so DH can get the time off from work. I know I’m late to the party here, but seriously. What do I have to do to get someone to pick up the phone??
What’s annoying you about pregnancy chores?
Post # 3
@Quietserenity: You’re lucky you get a hospital tour. Our hospital doesn’t, and all we get is a virtual online one. Not that reassuring when you know you might be in a bit of a panic when baby arrives, and having to figure out where you need to go while in the middle of a contraction.
My annoying pregnancy chore at the moment is finding a physican for the baby. We’re lucky in that we already have two potential ones lined up, but they’re both at least a thirty minute drive away (DH’s and my family doctors when we were growing up), and the one that I really want, which is five minutes away from our home, has a waiting list until February. Considering that I’m due January 4th, this is not exactly ideal.
Post # 4
If you are scheduling through the l&d floordirectly, call the nursery or postpartum unit maybe? If it isn’t a super busy hospital all the nurses may hang out in one or the other. But they should still answer the phone. Also try mid afternoon, mornings are when docs come and meds are due ans insanity happens but after lunch but before evening meds/shift change there is sometimes a little less going on so someone is more likely to actually be at the desk charting by the phone! You wouldn’t think answering the phone is that hard!
Post # 5
@Shosha1: I thought all hospitals did tours! I’m sorry yours doesn’t offer one. With DD (different hospital) we loved our tour, it was very reassuring. (I didn’t remember anything, but DH did, and random crap too, like where they kept the juice).
Can you get on the waiting list and then see another doctor for just the first little bit? That is annoying though–I think I was at DDs doctor three times the first month!
@chasesgirl: It’s a separate education center, but from what I can tell, it is located in the hospital. Maybe I should just drive there and make them talk to me?
Post # 6
I would guess that it is just one person that schedules the tours and they might have limited hours. I would try calling the main hospital line and when the operator answers tell them who you are trying to call and ask if they they know the office hours.
Post # 7
Wow, that’s annoying. I was able to schedule my birthing center tour when I registered for my classes – we take the tour in early January, which is four months before my due date.
So here’s a little story for you about a similar annoyance. About a month ago, I got a call from my OB’s office. It was the day before my appointment to go over the results of my NT scan so I was kind of on edge. Anyway, I was at work and didn’t have my phone on me, so the receptionist or nurse left a voicemail asking me to call back – normally if it’s just an appointment reminder, they leave the info in the voicemail. Since I couldn’t answer the phone, she then proceeds to call my DH to try to get ahold of me. DH figures it must be urgent, so after texting and calling me multiple times, he calls my work to let me know. Well, I practically have a panic attack because no one ever calls me at work, I hang up with DH and try to call my doc’s office but they’re closed. The following morning, I call as soon as they open. No answer. That morning/afternoon, I called them every 10 minutes for HOURS and no one would answer the damn phone. I started leaving messages and hours later, someone finally called me back, and you know what? They had no idea why that one receptionist was so insistent on talking to me. I went to my appointment later that day and everything was fine. It still kind of baffles me.