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    Default Elective c-sect at Mater Mothers public?

    Hi guys - I am not here to debate wether or not this is the right choice for me, or any other mother - I really would just love to hear if anyone else here has been successful booking an elective caesarean at Mater Mothers public.


    I have 2 main reasons for wanting an elective with my 2nd baby (due end of April) Firstly due to birth trauma with my DD in 2010, it was a horrible experience, and really put me off having another for 2.5years at least, and even now I am in tears every day at the thought of another natural birth.


    Secondly, as the days/weeks pass on, my SPD is getting increasingly worse. I am finding it hard to walk at all, and even a trip in the car to pick up my husband leaves me in bed the rest of the night. I can't get in and out of chairs or bed without almost crying, all of this has been much worse since I have seen a physio for it.

    I am basically wanting to know what steps to take with the hospital to talk about an elective. I am hospital care, but every time I call them for pain, no matter how severe, they tell me to 'take a panadol and put on a heat pack' - neither of these work anymore.

    I want to be taken seriously and all my opinions listened to, but I really feel like every midwife I have talked to in regards to pain and my anxiety (and it's been several) has seriously fobbed me off and I am sick of being treated like I have no voice!

    Thanks guys.

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    Is it to late to do share care? Maybe go to your GP and discuss your issues. Sorry I went private and natural so no personal experience but my friend went mater Redlands elective C due to fear.

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    thanks for the response love - I actually left shared care for hospital only as my GP was absolutely useless and a massive pita. I just have no idea who to talk to to get the ball rolling that will actually take me seriously.

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    Good luck, hope you get an understanding mid.
    Bumping for you so hopefully someone with personal experience can help

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    thank you!

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    If I were you, I would ask to speak to the Mater Social Worker and explain your anxiety etc and have them advocate for you,or alternatively ask (ahead of time) if you can see the Head of midwives on your next visit and explain to them.

    I have had a c/section at the Mater, although 'elective' for a breech baby and it's such a big and busy place that I can see how it could seem like you're just a 'number' and that case by case feeling lost. So, again, I would be trying to make contact with the Social Worker etc. Good luck!

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    Thank you! I didn't know there even WAS a social worker! Which I should have been informed about as I have been trying to stress my anxiety to them, they seem to think as it's not full blown depression (which it can get to when not cared for properly) they just don't want to deal with it. I'm not just at home biting my nails, I'm losing it!

    I'll look up their number and make an appointment for as soon as poss, thanks again x

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    Oh hon, , they sure do. I wish I had the numbers for you, I used to. If you have no joy in the ante natal section, try the main administrative section as they are really helpful and accommodating there.

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    I am having an elective C-section at Mater Mothers Public after 2 difficult natural births. The midwives, my GP and the OB have been very supportive. My first birth was a 14.5 hour labour with two hours of pushing, 8p 7 baby resulting in 3rd degree tearing and 1.5 hours in theatre to stitch me back together. My second birth was a short 3 hour labour, 9p 6 baby resulting in shoulder dystocia (he got very stuck and a heap of people had to rush in and help) resulting in 2nd degree tearing. So this time I'm going a C-section. After the two births I had they actually haven't even asked a question about why. Just be honest!

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