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Queanbeyan Hospital Maternity?

By 3 May 2011 13

I am really torn between going public or private for the next baby. Torn because of the extra out of pocket expenses going private means, especially when as a Doula myself I want a Doula as well. The main reason that I want to go private is because of the hopital stay that private gets. I live in a small country town near Canberra and the after birth support (Midcall??) is terrible, it took me 2 weeks to be seen once I got home with DS and during that time had massive feeding issues etc.

I have done a search for Queanbeyan hospital experinces and all seem to rave about it.. but some of the information were getting on a bit.

So if you have given birth recently at Queanbeyan Hospital, can you let me know your experience? Especially…

How did you find your birth experince there?
If you needed access to a Lactation Consultant, did they have one available?
Did your DP/DH stay overnight and was he encouraged to?
What was the length of your stay? Did you feel that you were pushed to leave sooner?
What GP did your shared care and would you recommend them.

I am yet to support a mother at Queanbeyan hospital, hence me asking these types of questions?

Thank for your help….

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13 Responses to Queanbeyan Hospital Maternity?
#1
georgesgenitals10:12 am, 03 May 11

We had our boy at QBN hospital nearly 6 years ago, and it was a good experience. We needed emergency surgery, and they had everything on hand ready to go. My wife stayed in for 7 nights, and I was allowed to come and go at all hours, whenever I needed to. I slept over sometimes and that was fine. Also, we started out in the labour room, which had a large double bed (room to ourselves), and after the birth moved to the ward, where we also had a room to ourselves.

The staff were very helpful, and friendly. We didn’t need a lactation specialist, but the midwives helped us to get started breastfeeding, which admittedly took a couple of days, and required some assistance.

We have private health cover, but went in as public patients, and were not required to pay a cent.

#2
Yogie12:33 pm, 03 May 11

georgesgenitals said :

We needed emergency surgery, and they had everything on hand ready to go.
We didn’t need a lactation specialist, but the midwives helped us to get started breastfeeding.

We needed surgery? We got started breastfeeding?

Was the surgery and lactation a joint experience? I suspect the scars and sore nipples were only on one of you.

I know parenting is a bonding experience but really?!

#3
georgesgenitals12:53 pm, 03 May 11

Yogie said :

georgesgenitals said :

We needed emergency surgery, and they had everything on hand ready to go.
We didn’t need a lactation specialist, but the midwives helped us to get started breastfeeding.

We needed surgery? We got started breastfeeding?

Was the surgery and lactation a joint experience? I suspect the scars and sore nipples were only on one of you.

I know parenting is a bonding experience but really?!

Sorry if I wanted to be so involved… Given my wife was under the influence of multiple drugs and pain killers, I was the one making most of the decisions.

#4
D212:55 pm, 03 May 11

What’s a doula?

#5
gladbag12:58 pm, 03 May 11

Went to John James and then Qbn 2 years later. I actually found the support staff at QBN better, but then to be fair it was at different times of the year and no-one was raring to bugger off to enjoy their Christmas. I was also surprised at the support and options offered at QBN before the birth, it actually seemed alot broader than JJ. I cannot comment on the after support as I left half hour after giving birth, but I suppose it depends on what your requirements are. The entire experience was probably better at QBN, they seemed to be justifiably proud of their birthing unit This was 7 years ago, it may have changed.

#6
colourful sydney rac1:21 pm, 03 May 11

D2 said :

What’s a doula?

kind of like a professional birth partner. We had Margie Perkins with us for our birth and I could not recommend her highly enough
http://www.findadoula.com.au/doula.php?doula=211

#7
madamcholet6:39 pm, 03 May 11

My Obs about three years ago told me that whilst he didn’t practice at Qbyn, he did get called there a lot as they were frequently without a doctor. If they don’t have a doctor they have to close the ward.

Have heard that midwives don’t like having doulas around. Never really understood the need for someone other than the father of the child? Having said that, my husband watched the Friday night football whilst I lay incapacitated with an epidural. My tip – if you have an epidural, make sure you get the tv remote first.

#8
2620watcher8:27 pm, 03 May 11

The new QBN hospital is great. We were in there 15months ago, and there was only 1 other mother in there. As a private patient in a public hospital, they let us stay for 4 days before we all got cabin fever and decided to go home. I have nothing but praise for the hospital. The midwives are great in the lead up to the birth, great at the hospital, and then midwives run weekly mothers groups in Qbn, Bungendore and no doubt other places I am not aware of.

And as the hospital is only 2 yrs old, everything is brand spankers.
If you are lucky to book in Dr Peter Davis he is an amazing guy.

In case its not clear – I reckon QBN maternity is the best kept secret around.

#9
BellaK1:42 pm, 04 May 11

Yogie said :

georgesgenitals said :

We needed emergency surgery, and they had everything on hand ready to go.
We didn’t need a lactation specialist, but the midwives helped us to get started breastfeeding.

We needed surgery? We got started breastfeeding?

Was the surgery and lactation a joint experience? I suspect the scars and sore nipples were only on one of you.

I know parenting is a bonding experience but really?!

I think a growing number of couples consider both the process of birth and the parenting journey a shared experience and using the term ‘we’ simply indicates an empathetic and highly supportive partner -which is a fantastic thing for any new mother.

#10
astrojax4:03 pm, 04 May 11

astromonkey is 19 mths now and we had him in qbyn – it was brilliant and i, the dad stayed as i was keen but they encourage it as well – stayed five nights n the end, no push out the door (in fact perhaps the opposite) and we had some lactation issues (having had a doula at the birth, you’re all brilliant) but found that was the one thing they might get better at. but if you plan ahead and contact one who could come in after the birth to provide advice, the midwives at qbyn would be very supportive – they are that!

i can’t recommend the experience and facilities enough. neither can astress… and astromonkey has turned out pretty good, so he also gives it the thumbs up. :)

#11
eebee11:42 am, 10 May 11

It’s not true that the maternity ward is closed without an OB on duty. Your GP-OB will attend the birth, if a C-sect is required, the on-call OB (Dr Mutton or Dr Arnellin) will be called. If there is no OB on call available you will be transported via ambulance to Canberra Hosp (7 minutes). Also if you want a VBAC and there is no OB on call you have to go to Canberra Hosp.

For 20 hours of my 21 hour labour it was only me and the mws :)

#12
ManaB11:51 am, 15 Jun 11

You may have already made your decision, but:
I had my first baby at Qbn in January. I transferred from TCH when I still didn’t have a place in the birth centre at 27 weeks.
I will go back to Qbn if I have another baby – I left it late to get to the hospital (things proceeded v quickly) but for the couple of hours I was there before delivery it was great. They have baths there and I was able to labour and deliver my baby in bath. Whether you can actually deliver in the bath may depend on your doctor – mine didn’t arrive in time so it was a non-issue!
My partner didn’t stay over night (we live 5 mins drive away) but he would have been welcome to and many other partners were there overnight the whole time I was there. I had a room to myself – you can be admitted as a private patient if you have basic hospital cover, and not have any gap or out of pocket expenses. I stayed 5 days. I was nudged to leave on day 4 but my doctor sorted that out and said I wasn’t going till day 5 – by which time I was ready. There was a midwife with lactation expertise on the staff and maybe that would have been enough with a straightforward feeding experience but we had extensive problems & conflicting advice, and no milk in for 5 days, and I will see the private lactation consultant that I saw subsequently, if I have another baby. I don’t know what the midwives’ attitude towards doulas is but they seemed pretty relaxed and I don’t imagine would object or be huffy.
I saw Dr Davis and was very happy with him but he’s very hard to get in to and usually running very late because he’s up at the hospital most mornings.

#13
Wokie11:53 am, 20 Jun 11

While not related to childbirth I’ve only been to Qbn hospital once and never again!
The Doctor I saw there was an idiot. He mentioned a womans name who I’d never heard of before and said she was related to me, and her surname is totally different to mine! Them wrote a prescription for me and put the wrong address on it. When I told him its the wrong address he said “It’s the correct address, you know where you live” To which I replied, “I sure do know where I live and it’s not there,as there’s no such place in Qbn.”

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