I've gone public for all 3 of my daughters...And shared a room each time..first time with 1 other lady. .we didnt really speak much but she left the day after I had my baby and then I was alone for 3 days..2nd time I stayed 13 days as my dd2 was in scn..I shared with 3 people over this time. 2 of them were fine the other one was loud..her kids were loud and her partner and 780 relations that came to visit were loud..but she only stayed 2 days so thankfully it wasn't too bad...my 3rd daughter I originally had a room on my own but the afternoon I had my dd3 they moved a lady in...she was absolutely lovely! !we got on really well and watched each others bubs if we needed to wee etc..she probably hated being in with me because day 3 I cried because my baby wouldn't sleep (still doesn't at almost 2) whereas her baby loved sleep from the start..we regularly catch up for lunch and coffee still. ..
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29-06-2013 07:35 #71
29-06-2013 07:39 #72
It was fine but I was keen to get home. I found it all a bit weird in that there were 4 of us in a room. Which means 4 newborns crying, 4 lots of husbands, excited families, a few older siblings (one throwing constant tantrums and it was pretty annoying that nobody thought maybe it's time to take him home. Though my hormones were absolutely crazy and jasper hadn't met katelyn yet, and this little boy was a bit younger and he was sobbing that he didn't like the baby and didn't want the baby, so I was quietly crying in my bed over "what if he hates her" ha... Not a chance
But it wasn't terrible... I think in a way I'd be less comfortable in a room alone. Though when I had jasper it was a room of TWO, not FOUR, and that was perfectly fine. It was like in the middle of the night it was sort of nice to hear someone else shhing their own baby and not feeling totally alone.
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29-06-2013 08:10 #73
My mum's still good friends with her hospital room mate from when I was born.
With my first I shared with 3 others, the woman next to me refused to feed her baby, or comfort it even, it screeched constantly - while she SNORED. I was homicidal at one point. DS didn't cry.
With DD I was in a room for 4, but everyone in it was discharged soon after I arrived. The next day a woman was moved in with me, but her baby was in the SCN. It was lovely, DD was so quiet and she said she was lucky to have been put in with us. We bonded quite well and I still kick myself for not getting her details.
29-06-2013 08:38 #74
I had a private room in a public hospital for DS1 as they try to give c-section mums their own room. I was in a private room in a private hospital for the second. I could NOT handle sharing a room in those difficult and tiring days.
I couldn't handle the stress of worrying about my baby breaking someone else's sleep. I also couldn't handle being woken up by someone else's bub when I finally managed to snatch a few minutes sleep. And the worst thing EVER in my opinion is sharing a room with people who bring visitors in who won't shut up when you're trying to rest.
I get super cranky when people are making a noise when I'm not well and trying to sleep. The last time I was in a shared room in a hospital was when I had an allergic reaction to something. I was in a shared room with several other people and at 11pm on one of the nights a girl came in who'd just had an ovary removed after an ectopic pregnancy.
She had (and I kid you not) 7 people come in to see her all at once. At 11pm at night when all the ward lights were off and people were trying to sleep she had a whole clan of people talking and crashing around. I was inches away from rather snottily asking them to shut the beep up as there were some very sick people in the room. Bit unfair of me really, she was quiet young and very obviously needed the support. In my defence I didn't say anything, but if there were visitors or patients using their phones keeping my baby awake it'd probably be a very different story.
29-06-2013 09:17 #75
This is my first bub and I'm going private. The hospital has all single rooms except for 1 which is a double. I'm hoping for a single room because I have such a large family I don't want to disturb any new mums
29-06-2013 09:23 #76
I'm having a homebirth but if I wasn't I would probably go private - somewhere DH could stay as well. I'm not sure whether I would mind sharing or not, but having DH with me is very important. I can't stand being away from home let alone away from home & DH...I think it would be too much for me as a first time mum with a new bub. So I would want a single room so DH could stay.
That said, my homebirth will cost as much or maybe more than going private as my phi probably won't cover any of the cost of the birth, though medicare & phi might cover some of the antenatal & postnatal appointments with my midwives. I'll also have postnatal appointments with my midwife at home until 6 weeks. Definitely worth the $$$ for me.
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29-06-2013 09:27 #77
Had my first at the local public hospital, I was in a room by myself, I *think* I heard another woman giving birth at the same time in the next room (it was quite a short visit, so bits are blurred) I actually have very little memory of seeing or hearing anyone other than a mw, a doctor briefly, then off home.
29-06-2013 09:43 #78
Possibly was a bit screwy for me. It was the middle of the night when I got to the hospital (transfer from a homebirth), baby was almost crowning (had been in labour 22 hrs already!), I just had bub leaning over the bed, then when I was cleaned up, I sat up on the bed, with bub, then we left not long after. Dunno what is 'supposed' to happen... probably not that!
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29-06-2013 10:02 #79
I went private with DS and got my own room and bathroom.. I am booking into the hospital the week after next and just wanted clarification on something.
For those of you that want private, aside from the excess what other costs did you incur? And public patients, what out of pockets did you have? I had a non elective CS and recall that I paid some astronomical gap for the anaesthetist and spinal block. That really p$&@ed me off. I recall paying some pathology costs also.
I was tempted to go public this time simply to avoid that but the thought of sharing a room really put me off. I don't think I could handle it. In terms of my professional role I could probably ask for a private room as a public patient because I don't want to share with clients that i work with and the hospital would nearly have to accommodate in case there was a risk to the baby from said clients.. But I don't feel that's right. I think I'll just pay the costs.
29-06-2013 10:03 #80
There was a woman in labour on the maternity ward in my room with my first. Our hospital is notoriously under resourced and often exceeds their capacity for labour.
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