With Dd1 it was ok. She cried, I took her to the common-room, we slept, day-rest was ok.
Dd2 was a NIGHTMARE. No 2 ways about it. 36 hours pre-labour, overnight labour and 48 hours of Ward Train-Station-Central. It meant I had a full sleep on Sunday night but only snatched naps until the Friday night following (birth in Tuesday night/wed morn). I was already exhausted from minding an 18mo while pg- & it kicked off PND that I still struggle with 4 years later. Sleep is vital, v.i.t.a.l, in the days around childbirth.
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28-06-2013 22:16 #51
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28-06-2013 22:20 #53
All 4 babies have been public.
1st and 2nd it was a room of 3
3rd and 4th was a room of 2
It had no troubles sharing the room we all pretty much kept to ourselves.
The thing I hated was because I hemorrhage every time, im put in the room closest to nurses desk and it stays noisy and bright all night. Im lucky to have nice sleepy babes but couldn't get any sleep because of the noise.
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28-06-2013 22:21 #54
I was probably the one noone wants to share a room with. My DS screamed all night the 2 nights we were there. There were 2-3 other mum sharing room with me & all their bubs were sleeping like angel. I ended up wheeling DS outside and sat holding him so other mums could rest, until a nurse told me to go to sleep and she took him to the nurse station. The shared bathroom was very clean. It was noisy during visit time with kids running everywhere and strangers passed by staring but i didn't really mind, it's much better than the loneliness at night time.
28-06-2013 22:25 #55
Went private with DS2 so had my own room, in fact there was only one other couple on the entire ward! So very quiet
My other births were at home so no unwanted room guests and no sharing anything with strangers
28-06-2013 22:26 #56Senior Member
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28-06-2013 22:27 #57Senior Member
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Public first time round and shared room. Private with number 2 and private room. Both times at the same rural hospital so no out of pocket with either and even with private health I wasn't guaranteed a private room. I didn't mind sharing but felt bad for the lady with me on my last night - she was 20 weeks and having a threatened miscarriage after already losing 1 baby. Would have been so hard for her to share with someone with a healthy baby.
28-06-2013 22:42 #58
I didn't do it with my first for the same reason as you - just wasn't comfortable leaving the hospital and help. But second time around was fabulous. My sister had a c/s too and was still allowed.
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28-06-2013 22:58 #59
Can you stay in a hotel?! Do you mind if i ask how much it costs? How far away from the hospital is it?
29-06-2013 03:28 #60
I was discharged within 12 hours so was able to stay in the birthing suite. My public experience was much better than the private one I had first time
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