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    For the most part, I love all the midwives I have had the pleasure of dealing with. Yes there have been the one or two nasty, blunt oldies but as another midwife said- don't worry about them, they have been doing it so long they forget there is a person behind the patient. I am actually considering studying midwifery. But yep, no complaints here it's always been a lovely experience dealing with them.

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    All the Midwives who looked after me for both births were fabulous. All very lovely, pleasant and helpful women. Especially the head MW at my local hospital. She's so lovely and goes above and beyond for her patients. She's worth more than her weight in gold.

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    Hospital birth (well, caesarean) and there were good and bad. Some were quite "suck it up princess," which I found really cruel, and the best person I dealt with was a student midwife who was just lovely.

    Overall though, I think midwives are the best people to deal with a standard pregnancy... but I do feel hospital midwives aren't in an environment where they can use their skills to their full advantage due to having to work in an unnatural environment and full of restrictions etc... so I generally have more faith in independant midwives...

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    My local hospital offers 'case loading' where you get assigned one midwife to care for you throughout the entire pregnancy and labour and beyond and she had a couple of back ups for RDO's.

    My middy was fantastic with DD1 so I got in contact with her when I first found out I was pregnant with DD2 and was lucky enough to have her look after me for that pregnancy and delivery too.

    The other back up midwives in the program were just as lovely.

    The ones in the ward were pretty good too. But there was one with DD1 that was a bit unprofessional (she freaked out after DD1 had a huge spew all over her after she basically force fed her a bottle of 'top up' formula - another story right there).

    With DD2 there was another one who wasn't overly friendly but I only saw her once.

    Other than those two, I felt all of the midwives I came across to be genuinely caring and friendly

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    2 hospy births at the mater and I love the midwives there. I only had one stupid student there for dd1s birth that told me I should be just grateful for my baby and to get over how horrible my induced labour was.

    With newbie - I cried when I went in cos my waters broke and my usual ob was away and the replacement ob wanted to induce immediately. The middie that did the ctg and checked me out argued with the doc and told me to sneak out whilst he was looking at some other patients. When I came in again - the manager of the birth suites saw me (again in tears cos nothing had happened since the previous day when they saw me and I still didn't want to be induced). She rang up my usual ob and got her approval for me to go home till she was in the next day. But when I came back in a few hours just as I was transitioning - this wonderful manager remained for my babys birth even though she knocked off on a public holiday. She also 'forgot' to call the replacement ob just till I was pushing so he couldn't interfere. Dd2 was still posterior but she helped me move to spin bub around.

    Post natal care was fabulous.

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    Overall, my experience with midwives has been very positive.

    There was one who gave me some poor advice re bf after my daughter was born, but generally, I think my hospital is great.

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    My experiences have been positive

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    I have two babies, first hospital birth, second home birth.
    For my first I had quite a few midwives over a long birth and one of them was okay. Pleasant, friendly, but uninterested and I hardly saw her.
    The rest were awful. Rude, blunt, I would hear them b!tching about me outside my room. The ones on the maternity ward were even worse. My DD was the baby that screamed all night keeping everyone else up, she had a bleed in her brain that no one knew about yet which was causing her a lot of pain, I still had a catheter in and couldn't move very well from the epidural - so at about 3am I gave in and got the dummy I had packed just in case from my bag (it had been sterilized at home already) and was trying to soothe her with it when this loud b1tch of a woman storms in like she's so sick of my baby's crying, snatches the dummy from my hand and snaps to me 'you can't give her this unless it's been sterilized, don't you know that?'
    I burst into tears and ended up falling asleep sitting up with DD in my arms, which then got me in trouble with the nurse on the morning shift.
    I was too tired, terrified and out of it to say anything.

    However the two midwives I had for my second were beautiful, the loveliest people, and I would hire them again in a heartbeat if I had another baby. I valued my first midwife as a friend as well. She was amazing support, when I called her for advice when my son was 9 months old she was still happy to help.

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    I think there are some great ones and lots that are not.

    Some midwives are worth their weight in gold. They are supportive of women, and know their stuff.

    There are others however that have a horrible bedside manner, judgemental, harsh and critical of a woman and her rights.

    I must admit I have encountered more of the horrible kind and thats sad because they give midwives everywhere the bad rep.

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    The ones who helped deliver DD were awesome. I had one or two lovely ones in my 4 night stay, a couple of shockers, and then the rest I was indifferent to.


 

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