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    I have been looking through some of the posts from student midwives asking for pregnant woman to follow through their journey. Has anyone done this and if so what was your experience like?
    I had a traumatic birth with DD1, ending in emergency c section after 14 hours of induced labour,hemoraging, infection and extensive pain issues which we have only found earlier this year through a lap that the pain was caused from my uterus and stomach wall adhering themselves together. Due to the pain issues I was in recovery for a long time and during this time my DD was passed around to inlaws that were at the hospital (who all took photos holding her) before I had even held her.just thinking about it makes me teary and its been 3.5years. I ended up going through PND and still hold resentment about this.
    I will most likely need a c section this time and would love to have a bit more support and a voice to help me advocate to get skin to skin with bub ASAP and if possible to have bub in recovery with me.
    So I would love to head from others who have used a student midwife or otherwise a doula and what sort of support they received and how they found forming a relationship with that person.

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    I had a student midwife and she was completely amazing!! I am so grateful for her support, she kept me laughing between contractions and explained everything perfectly. My birth was fantastic and I believe my student midwife had a lot to do with that!

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    I have used the services of a student midwife, and I have a family member who graduated as a midwife last year and provided this service for many people. The student I had was great. She was an extra pair of hands/ support for me/ birth photographer. She was very respectful and helped with my kids who attended my birth. If you have a c/s, it is very likely that the student can be in attendence as well as your partner. I say do it, but make sure you find someone that you click with and you feel like you can trust.

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    I have used the services of a student midwife, and I have a family member who graduated as a midwife last year and provided this service for many people. The student I had was great. She was an extra pair of hands/ support for me/ birth photographer. She was very respectful and helped with my kids who attended my birth. If you have a c/s, it is very likely that the student can be in attendence as well as your partner. I say do it, but make sure you find someone that you click with and you feel like you can trust.
    How do you go about finding that person you 'click' with though? Is it rude to chat/meet with someone and then decide not to go with them? How do you then tell them you have changed your mind?

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    I should add that there was a student midwife present for the last part of my labour and birth ( she was just at the hospital, I hadn't met her before or anything) and she was very kind and tried to be a support whilst all the other middies/drs were focused on DDs rapidly dropping heart rate.
    But I would like someone I can discuss with beforehand that no one other than necessary medical staff and hubby are to hold bub before me or take photos without my permission because I don't think I would cope with that happening again.
    Hubby was there last time but was freaked out because he had just been kicked out of the operating theatre with DD as I started hemorrhaging and passed out and they didn't tell him what was going on for nearly 3 hours. So although he knew I didn't want DD passed around he said he was completely frazzled,scared and not coping himself and when his parents and sister took DD from his arms for a cuddle he said he 'just didn't think'. It's taken a few counseling sessions and a lot of time to try to not hold anger at him for it. So I want someone clear headed that can say 'no'.

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    Subbing.....any recommendations for one in Melb would be great too

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    There is a number of universities that offer midwifery and have midwifery students. In Melbourne, there is a dedicated midwifery degree run through ACU, and postgraduate/combined midwifery qualifications available through Victoria Uni, Monash Uni, Latrobe Uni and Deakin Uni. If you contact the nursing/midwifery school at the uni closest to you, they may be able to recommend you a student, or pass on your details. Students need to follow through about 25 women as part of their degree. There is often a "students seeking pregnant women" thread on here. You could post a "pregnant woman seeking student" thread. You could also check out the thread about people studying.

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    I had a student mid-wife with dd2 - found her here on the hub!

    We met once for coffee & a chat. Then she came along to 2-3 of my antenatal appts with my OB.

    I text her once labour started and she came in for the last 1 1/2 hours (only 6 1/2 hours from start to finish).

    She was mainly focused on the business end of things (if that makes sense) rather than the supporting me end of things.

    If you are after more support, I'd probably opt for a student doula.

    If I have another baby I would have a student middie again in a heartbeat!

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    I had a student midwife who was lovely. She came to antenatal & postnatal appointments where possible. Unfortunately, we ended up heading to the hospital in quite a hurry and noone knew/thought to ring her until an hour after my daughter was born.


 

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