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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy Bee View Post
    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.
    Thanks Busy Bee I will definitely be looking into either a doula or a private midwife!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natie Nat View Post
    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!
    no baby gets all his needs cover from colostrum while waiting for your milk to come in. Colostrum is packed with goodies and is a gold liquid. They don't drink much of it either.

    By sucking on your nipples baby will stimulate your milk and help it coming in.

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    Default Terrified of birth & being made to leave hospital before I'm ready!

    I voluntarily went home 24 hours after my first was born, the hospital usually kept first time mums for 3 days if VB, 5 if CB. I had no idea what to do with a baby, feeding, anything really looking back lol. But we did ok, the midwives visited me everyday for a week or two (this was nearly 8 years ago so memory is fuzzy). DD had been breast feeding in the hospital and we continued on on at home besides the usual sore nipples for a few days. I was sore down stairs as I'd torn a lot and had stitches but I managed that at home with the help of some suggestions from the midwives and trail and error to see which way hurt the least to pee lol. We did make one phone call late one night early on when DD had a clump of mucous in her nappy and we got worried but were quickly assured it was ok. Overall I was and still am happy with my decision to go home and don't think I would have been any better off staying in hospital, however I suppose though that it helped that it was my choice and not forced by the hospital

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natie Nat View Post
    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!
    No formula is needed Natie Nat - colostrum is liquid gold. But take advice from your lactation nurses and other medical people. I'm no lactation consultant and I highly recommend becoming a member of the Australian Breastfeeding Association but my best advice is feed, feed, feed and don't underestimate how much you sit on your bum and feed.

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    I had my first baby 5 months ago and like you I was scared of going home earlier than I felt ready to. I worried about it a lot throughout my pregnancy and talking to my midwife she said she won't make me go home before I am ready. Once it came to it, I birthed at 11am (got into hospital at 6am same day) and I was discharged at lunchtime the next day (1.5 day stay). I was allowed to go home 4 hours after I gave birth (straightforward birth) and was given the option but I said no. I stayed 1 night, I had midwives attend to me and help with breastfeeding during the night and the next morning.

    I was given the option of staying the second night if I wanted to but I said no! By the next day I wanted to take bub home and be home with DH as he wasn't allowed to stay the second night on the ward (he stayed the first night in the birth centre). All my worry was for nothing. I had 4 weeks of midwife home visits and she came the day after discharge and another 2 times the week after I gave birth (plus another 3 weeks of visits). I had 24/7 midwife phone help available for the first month too if needed. I was not in hospital when my milk came in but I personally didn't need to be as she had visited me often enough at home and had watched and assisted with attachment, so when it came in all went smoothly.

    Ask your midwives what after care is available to you once you are discharged. I have found that going home and having 4 weeks of care was more valuable and helpful than my friends who had a 5 day private hospital stay and were then on their own. Many of them had a lot of trouble breastfeeding or had a lot of unanswered questions as they had no follow up home support like I did (they had to go to a child health nurse clinic or to their GP which lets face it, can be tough with a very new baby).

    I am not in QLD but I found that after care in my state excellent. They will not discharge you and leave you hanging.

    Try not to stress about labour either, I highly recommend reading Birth Skills by Juju Sundin and Sarah Murdoch to help ease your mind.

    All will be ok! Congratulations

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    Quote Originally Posted by TableDancer View Post
    I voluntarily went home 24 hours after my first was born, the hospital usually kept first time mums for 3 days if VB, 5 if CB. I had no idea what to do with a baby, feeding, anything really looking back lol. But we did ok, the midwives visited me everyday for a week or two (this was nearly 8 years ago so memory is fuzzy). DD had been breast feeding in the hospital and we continued on on at home besides the usual sore nipples for a few days. I was sore down stairs as I'd torn a lot and had stitches but I managed that at home with the help of some suggestions from the midwives and trail and error to see which way hurt the least to pee lol. We did make one phone call late one night early on when DD had a clump of mucous in her nappy and we got worried but were quickly assured it was ok. Overall I was and still am happy with my decision to go home and don't think I would have been any better off staying in hospital, however I suppose though that it helped that it was my choice and not forced by the hospital
    Table Dancer I was so pleased to read this as I also have always been happy with my decision to leave hospital relatively soon. I agree with everything you just wrote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearlygirl View Post
    I had my first baby 5 months ago and like you I was scared of going home earlier than I felt ready to. I worried about it a lot throughout my pregnancy and talking to my midwife she said she won't make me go home before I am ready. Once it came to it, I birthed at 11am (got into hospital at 6am same day) and I was discharged at lunchtime the next day (1.5 day stay). I was allowed to go home 4 hours after I gave birth (straightforward birth) and was given the option but I said no. I stayed 1 night, I had midwives attend to me and help with breastfeeding during the night and the next morning.

    I was given the option of staying the second night if I wanted to but I said no! By the next day I wanted to take bub home and be home with DH as he wasn't allowed to stay the second night on the ward (he stayed the first night in the birth centre). All my worry was for nothing. I had 4 weeks of midwife home visits and she came the day after discharge and another 2 times the week after I gave birth (plus another 3 weeks of visits). I had 24/7 midwife phone help available for the first month too if needed. I was not in hospital when my milk came in but I personally didn't need to be as she had visited me often enough at home and had watched and assisted with attachment, so when it came in all went smoothly.

    Ask your midwives what after care is available to you once you are discharged. I have found that going home and having 4 weeks of care was more valuable and helpful than my friends who had a 5 day private hospital stay and were then on their own. Many of them had a lot of trouble breastfeeding or had a lot of unanswered questions as they had no follow up home support like I did (they had to go to a child health nurse clinic or to their GP which lets face it, can be tough with a very new baby).

    I am not in QLD but I found that after care in my state excellent. They will not discharge you and leave you hanging.

    Try not to stress about labour either, I highly recommend reading Birth Skills by Juju Sundin and Sarah Murdoch to help ease your mind.

    All will be ok! Congratulations
    Pearly girl I agree with this as well - the after care is so so important. 4 weeks is so much better than three days and I think this is a space our health system can do a lot in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mazd85 View Post
    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.
    Thank you Mazd85! Do you mind if I ask how long ago you had your last baby? It sounds as though things may have changed very recently from what I am hearing. I hope they do make sure my baby is feeding well! I'm really anxious about the whole thing but all of the hospital staff I have encountered so far have been very clear in telling me that if I have a normal birth I will be going home within 24 hours regardless of my concerns and if I have to have a c section I would go home day 3! That seems crazy to me!

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    I agree with what @Pearlygirl has said about the value of the after care that's available via through public system - the home visits afterwards were great, and much better than the advice from lots of different midwives on the ward. I don't think i could have paid for any better care.

    I also recommend the Birth Skills book. It gave me a lot of confidence in giving birth. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Natie Nat View Post
    Thank you Mazd85! Do you mind if I ask how long ago you had your last baby? It sounds as though things may have changed very recently from what I am hearing. I hope they do make sure my baby is feeding well! I'm really anxious about the whole thing but all of the hospital staff I have encountered so far have been very clear in telling me that if I have a normal birth I will be going home within 24 hours regardless of my concerns and if I have to have a c section I would go home day 3! That seems crazy to me!
    Yes you will be told this but from my experience they do not enforce it that strictly. If you aren't ready, they don't kick you out. I think you might surprise yourself anyway and want to go home. Hospital sucks!

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