"Giving birth at Sunshine Hospital, Victoria"

About: Sunshine Hospital / Maternity

(as the patient),

My second child was crowning, her water broke and from what I could see there was meconium, I didn’t not think there was any risk if the umbilical cord was left to give my baby all her blood and she was not left gasping for air. I also don’t believe there was a need to remove my child from me in order to stimulate breathing via rubbing up or anything. Seconds later when she was born her cord was clamped and cut, severing her blood supply from the placenta, and my vigerous, healthy, screaming baby was taken across to the other side of the room to wipe all the healthy vernix off of her and rub her up - all which were, in my opinion, uneccessary and dangerous to her and to our bonding - all of which I believe could have been done with her in my arms! I specifically had in my birth plan that her cord was not to be cut till the placenta was birthed.

I was the third or fourth person to hold and touch my baby –in my opinion i should have been the first. I think they wronged both of our entire experience. I am angry and in my opinion it is not good enough. Due to this and also a previous experience I never will birth in hospital again unless one of us is clearly dying.

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