Why not put a call out on here asking vor a support person, or trainee doula/student midwive? Thats how I vound my Doula and now she has become one ov my best briends. Iv I lived close, Id do it vor you with great pleasure as your sister is very very wrong, every birth is divverent and special just as the baby is.
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18-06-2012 06:27 #11
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18-06-2012 09:44 #14
i gave birth alone both times - hubby is absolutely terrible around blood etc. and just couldn't do it.
to be perfectly honest, once the contractions kick in i didn't care at all, i was just focusing on breathing and getting into a comfortable (ha ha! as if there is one!) position.
i had a male midwife for the first and a student midwife for the second and both were amazing. i'd never met either before but i'm sure when you go in, just explain that you are by yourself and they will literally bend over backwards to support you. if by chance you end up with the midwife from hell, ask to change. it's your birth, your right.
try not to upset yourself - perhaps get in touch with the breastfeeding association as they often have a lot of contacts and may know someone in your area, or ring your local uni/college that delivers nursing programs. there would be lots of student midwives that would jump at the chance. what i loved about my student midwife is that she was so grateful to be given the opportunity to help deliver her first baby and she will remember that forever
18-06-2012 10:19 #15Member
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I'm sure it happens more than you think. If partners have to look after kids until someone arrives to take them, those Mum's are flying solo too. I agree with using the midwives there. With my 2nd, I remember squeezing a midwife's hand and my hubby's She was happy to stay there too
18-06-2012 12:07 #16
A student midwife or doula cannot charge a fee and would be grateful for the experience. You can ask here on the Hub too!
Best of luck.
18-06-2012 12:31 #17Senior Member
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Call the hospital and let them know that you have no support person and they may be able to assist- by either having a student middy, a social worker or even nurse on hand for you.
Give UTAS in launceston a call and ask to speak to the co-ordinator of the Midwife course- they may be able to put word out for any willign students(I have friends who are Mid students and they love to be at births!)
I was in a similar position but had my mum and an aunt there and to be honest I am glad I had someone as they could go find a nurse when I needed and run for the vomit bucket etc... for me) BUT if your sister isnt likely to be supportive then I would think it would only may you feel horrible when you least need it.
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