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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    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 :-)
    Very good to know thanks!! This was one of my big concerns the thought of episiotomy is terrifying to me but to hear that you were doing so well after is very reassuring! Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    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!
    Absolutely!! Having one midwife take care of me and come to me was invaluable. Honestly I could not have received better care, even though I wasn't in hospital that long.

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    Oh, and i had a second degree tear and an episiotomy, no pain killers, and steps were no problem for me.

    Sitting was a bit uncomfortable and peeing hurt a bit, but otherwise not too bad. Try not to worry - easier said than done of course :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExcuseMyFrench View Post
    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.
    Thank you, I have read about colostrum but I was starting to think that it would stop before the milk came through, clearly I have no idea, thank you so much for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearlygirl View Post
    Absolutely!! Having one midwife take care of me and come to me was invaluable. Honestly I could not have received better care, even though I wasn't in hospital that long.
    I also loved my home visits by the three women who had looked after me my whole pregnancy and birth. There was so much advice from having the professionals in your home in your own domain. Something simple as how to breastfeed in YOUR chair or where to put baby's bassinet in the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessa27 View Post
    I also loved my home visits by the three women who had looked after me my whole pregnancy and birth. There was so much advice from having the professionals in your home in your own domain. Something simple as how to breastfeed in YOUR chair or where to put baby's bassinet in the day.
    Yes! DS was a little jaundiced, she told me which window in the house to put him under for maximum benefit . Loved my middy, she makes me want to have 10 kids she was so great

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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
    Thank you! It's good to hear that you coped well at home, I am very worried about tearing as all of our bedrooms are up stairs but others are saying they coped well with stairs so hopefully I will too! Thanks for your advice!

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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
    Thnkyou Pearly girl,

    Your reply was a great help, I will be talking more with the midwife and asking for more information on what support I will receive after birth.
    It's interesting to hear that you think that you were better of going public because of all of the support you received at home, I hadn't considered that private patients would not receive this ongoing support. Thanks for the book recommendation too I will definitely read that one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustJaq View Post
    Oh, and i had a second degree tear and an episiotomy, no pain killers, and steps were no problem for me.

    Sitting was a bit uncomfortable and peeing hurt a bit, but otherwise not too bad. Try not to worry - easier said than done of course :-)
    Aah you poor thing that sounds very painful! Glad to hear you managed ok!!!

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    Thanks so much everyone!! It's nice to know that a lot of you had great aftercare! Everyone has been very helpful! It's much apreaciated!


 

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