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:DI had my antenatal appointment today, and found out that I was successful in getting into the ballot for midwife only care!:smiliedance: I am so happy because provided the OB at 20 weeks agrees, this has increased my chances of a drug free intervention free birth!
My midwife will be on call for me, I will have her(or him lol) or one of only two others who I meet and get to know if my first one is not on call(they have to have 2 days a weeks off) for labour and birth as well as home visists!
They only accept women who have a strong desire to achieve a natural labour and birth and must be committed to the principles of active birth.
They also support WHO recommendations such as-
labour begins on its own
no routine interventions
women remain upright and active
freedom of movement through labour and birth
continuous labour support
no seperation of mother and baby with unlimited opportunities for breastfeeding
I am very excited:thumbsup: but a bit scared of one thing, being discharged 4-6 hours after birth no matter what time of day, providing there are no complications. Part of me wants to at least stay overnight to be sure:confused:
Just thought I would share. Now I am off to find as much info as I can about birth and the birth process(another requirement is to be proactive in attaining education about labour and birth and drug free pain relief.):wave:
Congrats - that is fantastic :yelclap: Hope you have an empowering pregnancy and birth journey.....:babydust2: Out of curiosity - where is your care through?
Im going public, but Im keeping the hospital secret for privacy reasons ;) I think quite a few brissie hospitals offer the same thing :)(dont know about other places or states)
Fantastic! Congratulations :yelclap:
I worked with a mum a while ago who was in a similar program and it was amazing how much easier it was for her to get the intervention free, natural birth she wanted. No dramas whatsoever with the midwives or the hospital at the birth and she left hossy 3 hours after (and all was good ;) )
Hope it goes as well for you!
I'm having similar care, my middie does all my antenatal, will be with me during the labour and comes and does a few home visits afterwards too!
She's totally adorable :)
But dont worry too much about them sending you home, you can usually stay overnight if you want to. Just argue with them :hissy:
Yay! Congrats on getting into your first choice! :yelclap:
I agree with julietv8 - if you really don't feel too sure about going home at that stage, say so! I'm sure that if you need to stay, they won't boot you out with our newborn :laughing:
Sounds like a lot of requirements, but worth it for you!! (realistically not a lot really I guess... no more than what the average pregnant woman would do.. just as a requirement :s)
Thanks :) its all the things I want so Im happy to go with the requirements. Of course if I am more comfortable lying down to give birth I doubt they would force me upright or anything like that.
Of course if I am more comfortable lying down to give birth I doubt they would force me upright or anything like that.
lol you hope so hey:D
Congratulations! I'm goihg through the Birth Centre at the Gold Coast Hospital which is the same sort of model, 5 weeks to go in my first pregnancy. At first I was a bit apprehensive about the going home straight away part, but the follow ups are excellent (daily for the first week and then weekly for the next 5) and I think I'd rather be at home than sharing a ward with 3 other newborns.... And as it has been said before, if you need to stay they certainly won't send you home. Same thing if you change your mind at the last minute and request pain relief / epidural, they just transfer you through to the labour ward. I'm going for a water birth if everything progresses as planned which I'm really looking forward too...:)
Good Luck, my advice is read, read, read as much as you can - knowledge is power!
I think quite a few brissie hospitals offer the same thing :)Um, no they don't! In Brissy there are only two places that do midwifery led care :)
Congrats on getting into your first choice of care - I think if you ask your midwife you will find they are not that strict on the 4 - 6 hour thing unless they need the room (even then, they wouldn't kick you out in the middle of the night, they would transfer you to the maternity ward). I had DS in the BC (24 hour release policy) at 2.30am on the Friday morning, and didn't leave until the Sunday afternoon.
Congrats again :)
Are you going through the Mater MGP?
I went through them,
and so is Julietv8... we actually have the same midwife!!! (and I agree, she IS totally adorable)
It was the best experience.
I got a totally drug free, intervention free VBAC.. did most of my labouring at home, went home same day and then my middie came out to the house as many times as I needed her to for the first 6 weeks after Gabby was born.. we started at about every 3 days, then went to twice a week, and then dropped back to once a week..
It was really sad on my last visit :( But we still keep in contact... actually I think she said she was going to try and come visit this week. :D
You'll have a brilliant birth!!
Oh and you don't HAVE to go home same day if you don't want.. you'll talk about what you want at your 36week appointment when you discuss a birth plan. I just wanted to, because he was born in the morning, and wanted to be in my own space, my own comfy bed, and I wanted the twins to meet their brother.
Sounds petty good :) Here's to a lovely straightfoward birth :thumbsup:
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