I can speak very highly of my experience at JHH. I was cared for there for almost a month in the antenatal ward (prior to & after having premmie DS) & I was thoroughly happy with my treatment. The midwives were wonderful.
I was a private patient (couldn't be cared for at the private as it was too early in the pregnancy) so I enjoyed a private room for all but the first 3 nights. I would have hated a shared room.
The only negative aspect was one night when a patient & her mother were screaming at the middies & causing a lot of trouble. I felt too scared to leave my room! But this could happen at any hospital.
All in all I would rate it a fantastic maternity facility with the added bonus of having a NICU.
i hate shared rooms too, last time *diff hospital* it was awful, i had a very very traumatic birth, couldnt get out of bed, ds#2 screamed cause he was hungry and woke the other babies, and i had another mother lose the plot at me. Because i couldnt get to him and had to buzz for someone,but no one came. *shudder*
I spent 6 weeks in there.
The care I received while pregnant and the care my DD's received in SCN was fantastic.
I was put into a room with 3 other mothers with their babies, absolutely drenched in blood after my emergency c-section and was left that way for 14 hours. They refused me panadol on day 3 and wouldn't look at my wound, I ended up getting a massive infection with a temp of almost 40 and wasn't treated until I was transferred back to the hospital closer to home.
I think they just forgot about me, but I can't speak highly enough of them for the care I got before hand and how they cared for my DD's.
I didn't have a great experience there and it was the deciding factor in me going to Belmont Birthing Centre for DD2's birth.
I had viral gastro and was in a room with 3 other mums, one who had a bub who I assume was in SCN or NICU, and they couldn't move me to a bed closer to the toilet or out of the ward that had the mum with the sick bub. I soiled myself a few times because I couldn't make it to the loo in time. They wheeled in an out of it girl late at night who had had an emergency c-section, and when she came to she freaked out and tried to throw her baby out of the bassinet. No one responded when I pushed the buzzer multiple times. They refused to remove my catheter that had been in for 18 hours until I said that if they didn't I'd walk out trailing urine behind me.
There's more, I could go on :P I did give birth during the busiest month, and I understand they were busy, but I did NOT want to go back there if I could help it.
i will require a c-section.
my last one was at gosford and it was horrendous, they ignored me when i told them not to operate yet because i could feel them pulling at my scar hard. but they cut through four layers, me screaming and crying hysterical, they yelled at me, no screamed at me. they knocked me and i woke up with no pain relief at all and felt like i was hit with an axe. then afterwards my care was awful, and hospital officals came to see me and told me it was my fault.
eugh i could not bare to go back there ever again
but JHH seems just as bad. my gp said he can get me into a syd hospital if need be...
What about Maitland Hun? I
Know it's that bit further to travel. Especially for antenatal that could be a nightmare. Upside is I know some some awesome student middies at the John if you want some extra support
Your gosford experience sounds horrendous no wonder you don't want to do that again!
My SIL had all her 4 babies vaginally at JHH. I am disgusted and appalled when she told us her experience. With 2 of hers, she had 2 sun downs!!! Her most recent was 2009. Yep, Gosford Hospy is just as bad!! Apparently Hornsby has a newish Mat Ward and have heard a couple of positives. Are you specifically after Public??
ETA - Just wanted to add, that every hospy would have good and bad experiences and you probably do hear more about bad experiences...
Last edited by 3InATub; 19-04-2012 at 20:01.
I've heard some bad things about Gosford!
I think there are going to be positive and negative experiences no matter where you go, sorry if my response has unnerved you at all. I do know a lot of mothers who loved their experience.
I had a Caesar there and it was an awesome experience! The stay after sucked mostly due to shared ward and understaffing on weekend, but I can't fault the actual birth at all, and the issues were to be expected pretty much anywhere public and busy!
Every doctor and nurse I had around me at birth was absolutely lovely and very considerate, friendly and happy - felt like a social thing not major surgery but not in a negligent way lol.
I adored our birth experience there, best of the three
I left after 48 hours
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