I ended up giving birth at Gosford as planned, but on the 24th oct. It all went pretty well, but I didn't get to have the water birth i wanted, because bub's heart rate kept dropping so they had to attach a moniter to her head, which kept me in close vacinity of the bed for the whole labour. The first midwife i had seemed really good, but then it was change over and i got a different midwife, who was ok, but wasn't really helpful or supportive to me. If it had been left to the staff, i would have ended up lying on the bed on my back for the whole birth (which i really didn't want to do) so keep in mind, if you want to change positions, don't wait for the staff to ask you if you want to, or before you know it you'll have had the baby!
I stayed at Gosford for 2 days after the birth, because i was told i wasn't aloud to go to wyong because my baby wouldn't latch on. During that time there, i was pretty much left to my own, even though i was very stressed and needed help ( i'm a very shy and nervous person)
I understand (being a nurse also) that its very hard for the nurses due to staffing, but i guess i'm trying to say, that for me it was very easy to get swept under the rug and forgotten about. So just keep pressing the buzzer for their help even if you feel bad like i did!
I finally got transferred to wyong after the 2 days, and that was only because i'd gotten sooooooooo stressed that i couldn't stop crying, which forced them to notice me. Wyong was alot better - the single rooms make a big difference... the only thing i found distressing about wyong was the way they REALLY press the issue of breastfeeding. Even though i was having a hell of a time with it and was completely stressed out, they kept pushing, and even when i had run out of expressed milk and couldn't get any more out, i had to sign an agreement in order for them to get some formula for my baby after hours of her crying and crying because she was hungry and i had nothing for her - very stressful and draining experience!
So, all in all... good people... just try and speak up for yourself and go with your gut instinct! Don't be afraid to speak up like i was!
1st bub "Ella" born 24/10/05