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    Hi, I'm just looking to hear from anyone who has gone through the midwifery group practice at the Mater Mothers.

    I'm so excited that I've just been accepted into the program and have my first appointment with my midwife (Anne Rasic). I'd just like to hear of people's experiences through this program.

    How did you find your midwife?
    How did your DH like your midwife?
    What were the appointments like? - what do they do?

    Thanks!

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    Mater Mothers (Brisbane) Midwifery Group Practice - Questions

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      Mater Mothers (Brisbane) Midwifery Group Practice - Questions

      Subbing as I would also like to know as I have my first appointment with my middy on Thursday.

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        Mater Mothers (Brisbane) Midwifery Group Practice - Questions

        I have mine next Friday!

        I got Anne Rasic

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          Mater Mothers (Brisbane) Midwifery Group Practice - Questions

          From what I can gather, I have a home visit on Thursday, a doctors appointment next week then after that all my appointments will be at Corinda with a group of 8 other ladies for the antenatal appointment/classes.

          Oh and my middy's name is Karen. Didn't quite catch her last name. Haha

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            Mater Mothers (Brisbane) Midwifery Group Practice - Questions

            I went halfway through the programme as I ended up having a premmie!

            My midwife came to my house for the initial appt and then just text me every week or so until my group classes started. I went to two group classes and it was all the standard info (what to eat etc, bras, looking after yourself) and we played "getting to know you" type games. Just generally shared info and had our check ups.

            I had my midwife but also met the other three who are all up to date with you (on the chance your midwife is not on on the day you go into labour).

            They always stressed to call them anytime with any concerns. I'm so glad I did.

            I was feeling off at 28weeks, called my midwife and she said to come into the hospital just to check things over. I went in by 9am, and she stayed with me until 6pm! She left as she had her family and no one really knew if I would be having my baby that day. When the dr decided to do an emergency c-section at 10pm, one of the other midwives from the programme magically appeared in theatre! I was so grateful to see a familiar face. She helped organize my husband and then stayed with me for a bit afterwards as my husband went with our little girl.

            I was in ICU for the next two days and my original midwife called morning and night. When I transferred back to the mothers hospital, she came to visit and then also dropped in a few times to the NICU where my DD was.

            She has also text me afterwards just to check how things have been.

            Honestly I can't fault the programme. I originally wanted to go to RBH but when I couldn't (I live 5mins from Mater), my dr put me into that programme. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

            Good luck!

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              Mater Mothers (Brisbane) Midwifery Group Practice - Questions

              That sounds fantastic!

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                Mater Mothers (Brisbane) Midwifery Group Practice - Questions

                I had DD through that program. It was great, esp with the follow up at home you get after baby is born.

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                  Great program, I went through the MGP with DD.
                  I didn't end up getting the MW that was assigned to me but that was ok as the one I had was lovely, supportive and knew and respected my wishes for delayed cord clamping. I had a very bad PPH afterwards and she stayed with me and held my hand whilst I was rushed to theatre for a spinal and emergency procedure to stop the bleeding.

                  Even if you are through the MGP you still need to know what sort of birth you would like, particularly around intervention/inductions. I was a bit disappointed when I had said to my MW throughout the pregnancy that hell would have to freeze over before I would have another induction and as soon as I was getting close to 41 weeks she wanted to organise S&S and book me in for an induction but I told her no. She did all the post natal care though and was brilliant with bf advice and support. One of the best things she said was that my job was to feed baby and sleep and DF's job was to do everything else. Because of my PPH I shouldn't even be walking around with DD because there was a possibility I could faint.

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                    Mater Mothers (Brisbane) Midwifery Group Practice - Questions

                    What lovely stories! Glad im doing the midwife program!

                    How long did everyone's first appointment with the midwife at their home go for?

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                    • #11
                      Mater Mothers (Brisbane) Midwifery Group Practice - Questions

                      Originally posted by FemmeFatale View Post
                      What lovely stories! Glad im doing the midwife program!

                      How long did everyone's first appointment with the midwife at their home go for?
                      I'd like to know this too.

                      My hope (I'm not naive to think that I will all go to plan, but this is what I would prefer) is to have a spontaneous labour. I am having acupuncture throughout the pregnancy and hope that this will keep my muscles relaxed enough not to resist labour.

                      I'd like very little to no intervention during the labour and would like to labour in the bath/pool for as long as possible. I know they won't let you actually birth in there at the Mater but I like that they have them there to labour in.

                      I know I want to be active, I really don't like the idea of being made to lay on my back. I want to have flexibility and to be able to choose what position I decide to birth in.

                      I've been thinking about delayed cord clamping too, but still researching and thinking.

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                      • #12
                        Mater Mothers (Brisbane) Midwifery Group Practice - Questions

                        I had my first middy appointment today, it was great. Karen was lovely and very good at answering all my questions. We went through and filled out a lot of paperwork, she also went through the dates of all my appointments with me. All up the whole thing lasted about half an hour.

                        Where are you located justwant2beamummy?

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                        • #13
                          Mater Mothers (Brisbane) Midwifery Group Practice - Questions

                          Sounds good!

                          I'm in Drewvale, and my midwife lives in Greenbank. I'll be going to the Inala clinic for the group classes/checkups.

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                            Mater Mothers (Brisbane) Midwifery Group Practice - Questions

                            I had DD (7 months) with the stones corner group of Mater MGP Kerry is my midwife. I have just booked in for number 2 in June next year. The meetings and check ups are informative and relaxed. It's great having someone on call 24/7 and knowing one of 4 women will be there when you have your baby. Highly recommend the program.

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                            • #15
                              Hi ladies,

                              So glad I have found something re the Bne Mater Midwifery Group Practice!
                              I was referred by my GP on the 3
                              rd of Dec (at about 6w+4) and a couple of weeks later received a call from the hospital billing department to confirm costs (as I don’t have Medicare) saying that I would receive a call very shortly to confirm if I was accepted.
                              It is now close to 3 good weeks after that call and have heard nothing – I will be 12 weeks on Monday and really would like to know where I stand!
                              I left a voicemail yesterday and am hoping to hear back soon …
                              For those of you in the programme, do you recall when they usually call you by – so as to have that initial chat with your midwife?
                              I’m really hoping to be accepted in the programme so very eager to know and get started!

                              Any insight you would have would be awesome ladies – thanks so much

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