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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    I live in QLD and also expecting my first. I was told the same thing - unless there are complications I will be discharged 6 hrs after the birth. They made quite a big deal about it saying that if this was not right for me I should go though a different program. I'm also a bit worried as I have never looked after a baby before!! I'm just hoping that if I'm really not coping they won't force me to leave. Surely they wouldn't do that?
    babyno1onboard I'm sorry to hear that you're going through the same thing it's really scary isn't it! I hope that everything works out for you and you get to stay as long as you need!! Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessa27 View Post
    I had my baby in QLD in May last year at the RBWH Birth Centre. This was my first baby and I had her at 6am in the morning after no complications and no pain relief at all due to fast delivery. I was discharged by around 4pm that night. So around 10 hours after delivery.

    I had concerns before labour about how I would feel being discharged early but once I had her I was on such a high and felt very very good. I had an honest discussion with the midwife before I left hospital that day and she said I would be better at home in our own surroundings then on the ward. I agreed and we went home. The midwife was at my place first thing the next morning to see me and stayed for at least 1 1/2 hour and reassured me we were doing great. I did have some feeding issues but they would have presented in hospital and treated the same regardless of whether I was home or still in hospital.

    I felt by discharging the same day I didn't worry and my baby and I worked things out without pressure and too many people telling me advice. I am still exclusively breastfeeding after a rocky start nine months later. The whole way through my pregnancy I was in the care of three midwives who I loved and they also provided the after care. I could not fault the birth centre at all and loved the experience.

    My friend who also birthed at the RBWH but in the Birth Suites stayed 3 nights and also had no complications but it was a different service and she felt more comfortable in hospital. Speak to your midwives about your concerns but also don't let it hinder your birth experience as nothing in the birth process can be planned so do your research and be flexible.
    Thanks Tessa, it's nice to hear other people's stories and you provided a lot of food for thought!

    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!

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    @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.

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natie Nat View Post
    Thanks Tessa, it's nice to hear other people's stories and you provided a lot of food for thought!

    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!

    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natie Nat View Post
    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?
    I could walk and go down the stairs the day after birth.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by cheeeeesecake View Post
    @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.
    Wow cheesecake, I'm so sorry to hear that this happened to you and your poor little Bub!! This is very scary, if that happens to me I will stand in the emergency room and demand help! I can't believe the system allows this sort of thing to occur! It looks as though my fears are not all for nothing! This is so scary! If you find out who we need to lobby to let me know I would definitely like to get on board!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessa27 View Post
    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!
    Thanks Tessa! What do you do while you are waiting for milk to come through, do I need to stock up on baby formula? Are the lactation clinics open all the time so I can just go in if I need to?

    Thanks so much again for all of your advice!


 

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