"Birth and after care"
About: Kununurra Hospital Kununurra Hospital Kununurra 6743
Posted by overwhelmed mumma (as ),
I recently gave birth at the Kununurra Hospital to my first child. Whilst most of the staff were pleasant and helpful there was one particular midwife who made my experience very unpleasant. After 7 hours of labour I asked for an epidural. the midwife and anaesthetist were great, both very experienced. Labour went on for a further 4 hours, I was transiting to the "pushing" stage when my midwife went on her break, I was left in the hands of a second midwife. I went on pushing for about an hour and a half when the doctor came in and we had an assisted birth. I felt defeated. I felt that the midwife was not supportive at all and was quite abrupt and very rude. I know I became frustrated with her during labour as I believe her bedside manner was inappropriate. I was disappointed that I was not able to deliver the baby with the original midwife who had supported me through the previous 7 hours of labour, who I felt I had built a rapport with and was lovely to be around.
After birth I was transferred to the ward for recovery. I stayed in hospital for an extra day so that I could ensure that breastfeeding was well established. However I felt the breastfeeding support was not there. I felt that two out of the three midwifes that saw me during my stay, just shoved the baby onto the breast. They did not show techniques to get baby to attach correctly or give much of an opportunity for me to learn attachment. I ended up with a nipple shield, which I continued to use until the community midwife attended my house 1 week after birth to show me how to breastfeed correctly.
Mostly the staff at the Kununurra Hospital were polite and helpful.