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    Default Mater Mothers Public Hospital - South Brisbane

    Can anyone who is currently going to or has been to the Mater Mothers Public hospital share their experiences? This is my first preg and i am having real trouble finding any information about the public section of the hospital.

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    Hi,
    I had my son in the mater mothers' public hospital last year. It is a lovely hospital - it is effectively the same hospital as the mater mothers' private hospital but the private patients are on different floors after their births (in private rooms). The delivery suits are the same whether you are booked into private or public. If you go public you may have to share a room after the birth with one other lady (I was lucky and got a private room even though I was a public patient), could be because I ended up having a ceasar in the middle of the night and they didn't want to disturb another mother? not sure. The level of care leading up to, during and after the birth was wonderful, I can not fault the staff or facilities, the hospital feels lovely, new and clean. The birthing suits are equipped with a full sized bath tub, shower, toilet, bed, cd player, fit ball, oil burner, tv (probably more but that's all I can remember now).

    Good luck making a decision but I would highly recommend mater as a public patient!

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    This will be my fourth baby at MMH (public). I had to go on bedrest at 32 weeks there with my last and had a great experience. They really look after you. The only bad experience I had there was with an agency nurse but other than that the nursing staff and OBs are great. If you go OB care it can be a little frustrating as you get a lot of different Drs throughout your pregnancy but by the end you get to know most of them as they work in teams. You are never sure who you are going to get to deliver though. I had a great Dr last time. I went to the new hospital to have my EPAU appointment the other day and it is all so new and shiny .

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    I was under the care of Mater Mothers Public in Sept 09 to deliver my son, and they were amazing!!!
    I cannot tell you how great they were for me.
    The birthing suites are great and like above stated have baths, showers and well anything you want or need basically.
    While in labour all midwives were great, i had students come through too, but they also were very sweet, the option wa left to my partner and myslef if we wanted the students in there.
    If you want pain relief in the end, i found my midwife was good, she was encouraging me the whole time but when i opted for it, her attitude didnt change.
    After care my son was in NICU so i was on a ward full of new mums with their bubs and it was tough. But i got treated really well, they were always there for a chat and to help me downstairs to see him even if it was 2am
    I also was a public patient with a single room, maybe because of my situation, not sure.
    Will most definitly be going back there!!

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    I guess it depends on your expectations too. I had very strong ideas in regards to the kind of birth I wanted so I declined a lot of routine tests/procedures which some staff members didn't like.

    TBH I found the pre and post natal care terrible and impersonal. BUT the midwives I had in the delivery suite were WONDERFUL and very supportive of my choices once I made my wishes clear.

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    So at the actual birth you have a midwife and not an obstetrician? I'm really bummed i missed out on the midwifery program as i'd heard it was great. Going through the regular hospital, is it ok to make decisions about how you have the baby? I really am worried about being told i have to do something that i don't agree with as it is 'hospital procedure'.

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    If you are low risk then it should be midwife care all the way. If there are any complications during your pregnancy or birth then you will see an Ob. You are assigned a 'team' which comprises x number of midwives and 2(?) obs. So for any given appointment you will see one of members of this team. For your birth, you will get whoever is on shift.

    I had a Doula and was pretty well read so I was pretty confident in defending my decisions. I wrote a very detailed birth plan and was assigned the midwife on duty that was most supportive of natural birth and she was FANTASTIC. I did tear so an Ob came in after the birth to do the stitching.

    I declined vit k and hep b injections though and I was given a hard time about this by the peads.

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    MamaBleech - Thank you so much for this information. It has really put my mind at ease. As a first time Mum i have found there is not much info on the hospital and would like to know that i can make some of the decisions.

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    The decisions are ALL yours. Bear in mind that I was lucky enough to be considered 'low risk' which made it easier to demand certain things. For example, they wanted to induce me but I refused. Although they didn't like it they could find no reason to push the issue because my BP was fine, fundal height was fine yadda yadda. If you have any 'problems' then it will probably be a different story.

    In the beginning they wanted me to have ob care because of a pre-existing medical condition (nothing to do with pregnancy). I really had to fight to 'prove' it wasn't going to be a problem. They wanted me to have the GTT early (I didn't want to have it at all) and they got pretty antsi about that and played the dead baby card.

    Basically if you are well researched it is much easier to tell the hospital what you want and why rather than be railroaded into blindly following hospital procedure. I highly recommned Doula's too.

    Sorry to ramble!

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    I've heard fantastic things about Public (2 friends recently and an other about 2 years ago.).

    I'm going private again, but the midwifes (public or private) are fabulous! My Ob only just made my delivery - he works in the private section and had to run! Apparently first time mums arn't meant to be quick... :-S But the midwifes did the most work and didn't mind me swearing at them... i then quickly apologised! :-P

    But as i was saying, two friends have had bub there in public and they thought it was great.
    xo


 

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