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#76 Ms*Congeniality

Posted 11 April 2008 - 03:59 PM

I had no choice with DS1. He was taken to our specialist children's hospital about an hour after delivery and I stayed in the hospital where I'd given birth. DH went with DS and that first night we all slept in different places. It was weird but I needed the sleep after a traumatic birth so I dropped off pretty quickly and was grateful for the sleep given that DS went off to have a two week stressful stint in NICU. It would have been MUCH harder to bear if I was also physically exhausted from lack of sleep.

This time around I am having a c/s and will probably be happy to have the room to myself the first night to sleep and just see how things go the second night.

For the record, I had no problems bonding with DS even though I couldn't breastfeed him until he was 5 days old and was only able to hold him for short periods at a time.

#77 ilovecream

Posted 14 April 2008 - 05:08 PM

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Babies must not be left unattended in rooms at anytime, so to have a shower you have to try & line it up when there is staff available at the nurses station or when there is a visitor that you trust enough to leave bubs with.

I asked a midwife to keep an eye on my baby whilst i had a shower and the midwife complainedreplied "what on earth are you going to do when you are at home by yourself"

#78 Mianta

Posted 14 April 2008 - 06:23 PM

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Babies must not be left unattended in rooms at anytime, so to have a shower you have to try & line it up when there is staff available at the nurses station or when there is a visitor that you trust enough to leave bubs with.

I asked a midwife to keep an eye on my baby whilst i had a shower and the midwife complainedreplied "what on earth are you going to do when you are at home by yourself"
blink.gif How many hospitals would look after a baby while mum showered though? You might be looking after between 4-6 patients per shift. It would be virtually impossible, as well time consuming to watch everyone's babies while their mothers showered. You might be able to get it done while making a bed, and I do hang around in the room after I get a Day 2 c section patient up, in case she gets a bit light headed in the shower, but I wouldn't offer to watch the baby and couldn'tpromise that I would either. Especially on those days when you have 3 post op patients of your own. You barely get time to go to the toilet or have lunch.

Hayley

#79 chookas!

Posted 14 April 2008 - 09:38 PM

Wow! I'm really surprised so many people use them. My twins were born via c/s at Royal North Shore and they do't have a well baby nursery but I was lucky enough to have DH stay with me so especially for that first night I didn't have to wait for midwives to get the babies for me. I really think partners staying are a must for c/s mums, it is totally inappropriate that we should be expected to care for a newborn with out being able to move. Makes me mad that we should HAVE to use a well baby nursery. As it was I wouldn't have let them take my babies away from me regardless.
My next baby was born at westmead after 3 nights of labour and then a ruptured uterus and a c/s under a general, I 'think' they offered to take her but after already being seperated from her for a couple of hours there was no way. Again DH stayed for the first night but she just ended up sleeping with me, snuggled up in the crook of my arm. Also was still having obs done every hour anyway so it's not like there was much sleep to be had anyway.
Still, I'm sure they have there place.

#80 Alina0210

Posted 24 April 2008 - 01:00 PM

The hospital i had DS in had a nursery and we were able to use it, but on day 2 i was knackered and crying and they said they would take him from me so i could rest... after 2 hours.. i could hear this baby crying, and i knew it was DS... i got up and walked to the nursery, the midwife there said... your babys not crying.... LOL.. when i walked in he was crying so much.. and as soon as i pick him up he stopped.. and that was it... he never went back in there and i knew he was mine and we had a huge connection.

#81 4forme

Posted 25 April 2008 - 09:40 PM

I would think if there was an issue your baby could be taken to the nursery.

When I had my first the midwives took her down to the nursery until she needed her next feed as I was exhausted having given birth a few hours earlier and I couldnt settle her and was in a shared room.

With my 2nd my doctor commented on how I was the only one to have not sent my baby to the nursery the previous night.

With my 3rd after pacing the room with my dd for a good few hours the midwife came and took her for a while- but I actually went and sat in the nursery too- it was more to give my arms a rest.




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