I always thought they kept you in the hospital until you were able to breastfeed properly, that is such a concern for me, I would be really stressed if I was having trouble and had to wait at home until the next day for someone to come and help me.
It's good to hear that you felt supported and happy with you experience!
@meredithgrey I am interested to hear your views on women being forced to go home earlier than they want. The system sucks, and I wonder who we need to lobby for this to change?
My experience with my 2nd bubby was that I was forced to go home less than 24 hours after birth. Baby hadn't attempted to breast feed at all in that time, zero attachment or interest in the breast, but I had expressed some colostrum in that time. I expressed my concerns vocally to the midwives that the baby hadn't fed yet, and I didn't want to go home, but they told me that it was my second baby, so I'd manage fine, and my (5 pd 12) baby was healthy enough. I went home very reluctantly with a baby who refused to breastfeed.
By day three, the baby had lost 13% of her birthweight. She took 5 weeks to return to her birthweight, and I had mastitis three times in that period. I feel like the system failed not just me, but more importantly, her, big time. Why the hell are women forced to go home before they are ready to, and who do we need to lobby for this to change?
Sorry, OP, that this is such a negative post, but in my experience, if you get an uncaring midwife, you will be forced to go home before you and baby are ready, like it or not.
Thanks everyone for all of the great advice!
Should i expect a lot of pain after birth?
Will I be able to get up and down my stairs at home?
Thanks Natie Nat. In my experience they saw me give her a feed (albeit a very inexperienced one) and that satisfied the medical team. My milk didn't come in until Friday night/ Saturday morning and I had my baby on Tuesday so I would not have been in hospital anyway. The first few days are colostrum. The lactation clinics based in hospital are very very helpful and I visited them to help me with feeding which is also an option even if you are discharged from hospital for the first month. I utilised the lactation nurses for specialised feeding advice.
You are doing the right thing by learning everything you can and working out what's best for you! Well done!
Hi, I would highly recommend you get a private midwife. You don't need private insurance for one. "Midwives first" have access rights to Gold Coast hospital. They have an excellent postnatal service visiting your home regularly, as much as you need really. Give them a call, their first appointment is free to get more information of their services, costs and hopefully ease some of your concerns.
I've had 2 of my 3 babies in qld public hospitals and rest assured they won't send you home unless you are ready and baby is feeding well, plus you have visits from the midwife at home and your hospital should also have lactation consultants that you can see for free at first if you have any concerns or issues.
I birthed at 2am and was out for a walk by 3pm.
I also had a ventouse delivery + episiotomy. They give you good drugs and I can assure you that I wasn't in any pain after birth.
I lived on a 3floor apartment with no elevator and would go out at lest once everyday :-)
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