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#1 Fifi1987

Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:43 PM

Hi Ladies

My Obstetrician no longer delivers at Calvary Private  sad.gif  (bummer) so I now have to go to Calvary John James to have our first baby in July  ohmy.gif . Their website is pretty vague on what they offer and am wondering if anyone can share their experiences with CJJ? I am hoping my partner can stay with us, Calvary private has double beds apparently. I work FIFO so am only home in Canberra for 3 days a fortnight so I haven't had a chance to go on a tour yet. Any advice would be much appreciated.

#2 Jenflea

Posted 18 March 2013 - 01:53 PM

I delivered there 3 years ago nearly(DD will be 3 next month!!) and back then there weren't any double beds, but your partner could stay on a mattress on the floor.
It wasn't the fanciest of hospital rooms but there were all single( I think there was ONE shared room with maybe 4 beds right down the end) with an ensuite.
I had excellent care there from all the staff minus one who wanted me to get up and have a shower before I was ready(PPH) so I passed out on the toilet which was lovely. Apart from that the staff were great.
there was one bath so you may not get the delivery room with the bath, but they all had showers and toilets in each delivery room.
I stayed 5 days, could have left earlier if I'd wanted at 4 days, but I was wrecked!


To be honest, I wouldn't want my partner there every night. Someone has to be able to get some sleep and be as rested as possible for when you go home so they can deal with things better than the average sleep deprived hormonal mother. The partners can stay as long as they liked, but the  staff were EXCELLENT at ensuring other visitors kept to visiting hours.

What else do you need to know?

Oh they provide some newborn nappies, but not many so bring your own. You'll get a list of stuff they provide when you get your paperwork too.

#3 Fifi1987

Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:37 PM

Hi Jenflea. Thanks for replying. I cant believe you passed out on the loo you poor thing  ohmy.gif I'm not really worried about the fanciness but I'm just irritated that my OBs no longer delivers at Calvary in Bruce (we live in Nicholls) so going all the way to Deakin might be a mission. My fiance is 6"4 so the idea of him having to sleep on a stretcher at John James for the amount of money we are paying is a bit sad.

I really like my OB's though (David O'Rourke) and I'm glad to hear the care at John James is great (apart from previously mentioned staff)

I received my paperwork from John James last week, the first thing I read had "Vaginal Delivery" in big bold letters. That's as far as I got with reading that   unsure.gif When I pluck up the courage, I'll finish up with the reading.

Great to know about the nappies, I have a list to bring formula (I can't breastfeed), bottles, nappies and spew catchers. I'm really quite clueless as this is our first, I hope we get a bit of advice from the team there without being judgmental. Thank goodness for antenatal classes.

#4 Jenflea

Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:48 PM

I enjoyed the birth classes, had 3 all up.
I'm curious though, if it's your first, how do you know you can't BF?
I breast fed but my SiL had to comp feed both her babies there and she had to sign a form to say it was ok to give her baby formula(milk took over a week to come in).
Is it possible to go to Calvary with a diff OB? Does yours share his practice with anyone else?

oh when you tick the menu sheet for what you want to eat for meals, make sure you tick the LARGE size. The meals really aren't that generous for a woman who's jsut given birth. Make sure you have some snacks just in case too!
There is a family room with microwave and fridge too and a tiny kitchenette as well up the other end.

Edited by Jenflea, 18 March 2013 - 02:55 PM.


#5 Fifi1987

Posted 18 March 2013 - 03:05 PM

He shares is with Dr Armellin but he doesn't deliver anymore, he now specialises in fertility treatments.

With the breastfeeding, I had PIP breast implants, they have since been replaced but I just don't trust that there is zero chance of possible side effects. Better to be safe than sorry I think. My OBs said I could still breastfeed but I explained to him if you had a 2 litre bottle of milk with a bag of unknown crap in it, would you want to drink from it?

I could check with other OB's but I might be leaving it too late. I'll just suck it up with John James i think.

#6 Jenflea

Posted 18 March 2013 - 08:17 PM

You'll be fine, really you will.
It;s not exactly a dirt floor hut original.gif

#7 Fifi1987

Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:11 AM

Hahahaha I'm actually ex-military so a dirt floor hut wouldn't bother me. Just want the best bang for my buck. The care offered is the most important thing. Thanks so much Jenflea.




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