They gave me a little card to keep track of all the details, blood pressure, baby position, stuff like that, and they sent reports back and forth between my GP and the midwives.
I had DD as part of the midwife managed program trial at Sutherland, DS at St George as part of their external midwifery program.
The actual ward at Sutherland is lovely. As Atropos said (I'm the friend), my first middie was amazing. She is actually a private midwife from Wollongong who was doing agency shifts, am happy to pass on her details if you want. The consistency of care, assistance with bfing, etc, was pretty poor however. All in all, the non-regular midwife and pretty room were the highlights.
St George midwives: AMAZING. Honestly, in comparison the level of care, the birth, etc, was just so much better. As part of the external program, I had the same two midwives for all antenatal appointments, and had one of my midwives at the birth. The birthing suite was lovely too. The rooms are pretty crappy on the ward though, but I found the whole experience far better.
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Do the birthing rooms have bath tubs in them??
Yes, there was a bath in the birthing suite. If you are keen for a low to no intervention birth, I definitely found St George better.
If you were looking at the midwife managed program at either, I would strongly suggest ringing ASAP. They do tend to fill up pretty fast.
I gave them a call this morning and they need a referral so off I go to see my GP this afternoon. This is so scary for me. I'm going to miss my OB at St. George private
I'm scared because it's something new to me. I know and trust my OB, I've given birth at St. George private and I know that they're fantastic. My OB makes sure that I get what I want. She's amazing!
I'm nervous about being in a different environment, I'm nervous about not having a room with a tub because I'd prefer a drug free birth, with the exception of gas. I'm going to have my doula with me so it should be okay.
I've decided to go to Sutherland hospital. I've heard too many crappy stories about St. George public...
I can understand why you are nervous, I have not used an on but have developed a level of comfort and trust with my private midwife and GP and on the odd occasion that I have to see an ob at the hospital I feel really anxious about it because its all new and a lucky draw as to who you are going to get. I think it's normal to feel vulnerable entrusting such an intimate time to a complete stranger, it's not nice feeling like just another file.
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