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    Default Whats your honest opinion of midwives?

    I am a nurse, not a midwive. I was just interested in what people have experienced with their stay in hospital at birth. *****yness, general loudness, rude?

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    I loved my midwife (during pregnancy and birth) so much so that I have her again for this pregnancy.

    Most of the midwives I saw whilst staying at hospital were great and lovely towards myself and bubs but there were a few over night who were quite pushy and rude.

    I'm going through royal womens Melbourne and the biggest problem I had/have with them (hospital in general including all staff) was how they treated my husband. They were so so rude to him, very anti-men.

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    I have had both, some horrible midwives who made me cry and some lovely midwives who made me feel better about midwives in general.

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    4 babies /births. 27 days in total stayed in hospital for babies combined. 3 of the 4 prenatal public care so numerous appointments. 3 diff hospitals in total for various bits of care.

    gotta say i found prob 5% awesome lovely as a midwife should be.
    prob 15% indifferent. neither nice nor biitchy.
    prob 20% somewhat unpleasant.
    60% absolute total cows. im talking nasty *****y rude misinformed judgmental forceful truly horrible.

    eta also 11 days in special care for two of my kids and all the special care nurses bar 1 were great. so do all the good ones get sent to sc or nicu?

    eta also people are saying my midwife? like as in one? i didn't have one like that i would have interacted with quite literally hundreds.


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    I absolutely LOVED my midwife! he was amazing before during and after birth. also All of the other midwives i came into contact with while in hospital were very kind and helpful

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    I think it would be like people in general, some a nice, some are not. In my experience it was about 50/50. The wonderful ones made up for the not so great ones.

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    First time around i had nothing but judgemental b!tches in the way of midwives. They helped to make the whole experience extremely horrible.
    Second time around the experience was quite the opposite. I had no probs with the midwives i saw for my antenatal care and the student midwife and the midwife i had during the birth were both lovely.

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    With DD I was sooooo unimpressed! She was like what drugs do you want? Here's the bed.... There was no help to get off the bed to doors to encourage labor, reminds me of one born every minute US version!
    With DS I was sooo happy with my midwife!! She was offering me all sorts of things such as birthing ball and shower, it was fantastic.
    Different hospital this time so God giving I will get a really great middie!!

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    I had a WONDERFUL midwife for the majority of my labour, but right as I hit transition there was a shift change and I haaaaaaaaated the next lady. She wasn't warm, she didn't care about babies, she didn't melt when she saw them and she certainly never asked me how I was doing. I really wanted a support person in that labour and she was just awful. Super cold and seemed like it was the last thing she wanted to be doing.

    I wish my first midwife had stayed but I understand that it's work for her and when it's the end of the work day all you want to do is go home.

    I just wish I had a better connection with the midwives I had. There was one amazing German lady days after the birth that was great, and she looked at my chart and asked about showering and whether I'd showered and if I wanted to, and that she'd help me. She then sat on the bed while I got dressed (ready to help) and we talked about the first bowel movement and what to expect (I was super nervous), and she then got the bath for the baby as he hadn't had one yet. She was lovely but the night nurses were all surly and awful. The agency nurses who didn't know where things were acted like they were working in a funeral home, and constantly yacked outside in the corridor about their "stupid husbands". Just had a baby here, TRYING TO SLEEP. :P

    I just think sometimes they forget how big a deal it is for you, because they're in there everyday. I'm going to make sure that I try and break through that the next time I'm in hospital. If I don't feel like I'm being listened to or cared for appropriately, I'm going to say "I know this is every day for you, but this is a big deal for me and I'm really scared". Only a monster would still try and be mean after that, surely?! :P

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    2 private hospital births and I can honestly say that I had great experiences with all midwives i came in contact with! Especially the one with me for labour & birth of DD2!!


 

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