"Birth of my bub"
About: Box Hill Hospital Box Hill Hospital Box Hill 3128
Posted by pumahe (as ),
I had my first appointment at Box Hill hospital when I was 3 months into my pregnancy. On our first visit, my husband and I met with a midwife who explained in detail what we should expect in the months to ahead. We were given booklets, pamphlets and a whole lot of information which then seemed like information overload. But then, once we got back home, we realized how professional and how very thorough everything had been. First impression was impressive! ! From then on, every monthly checkup has been smooth and every midwife / doctor who we have met has been amazingly friendly, caring and extremely professional. They made me feel assured, at ease and all my fears were put to rest. As a woman, who is going through the pregnancy journey for the first time in her life, it is essential that she feels comfortable, guided and well-informed throughout the pregnancy and such was the care meted out. My pregnancy was fairly simple and uncomplicated, except that I was GBS positive and I had a negative blood group. At every stage, we were able to make informed decisions as the midwives helped us differentiate between the myths and facts.
Towards the end of my pregnancy journey, we attended child birth classes conducted by midwife Emma over 2 Saturdays (which are paid services at Box Hill hospital). Emma was so very thorough and answered every question that a new parent-to-be would have, covering a broad range of topics such as going into labour, stages of labour, entrance to hospital at business and off-peak hours, what to bring to hospital when in labour, breastfeeding, facilities available at the hospital, types of births the hospital can support - dry birth / water birth etc and even gave us a tour of the birthing suites. We also got to meet other parents-to-be at the session who were into similar stages of their pregnancy with whom we still continue to be in touch with, exchanging stories of our bubs, sharing experiences etc. To this day, we are thankful to the hospital for prepping us so well for the big day and afterwards. I also attended a free breastfeeding session conducted by the Lactation Support Unit staff at the hospital which came in very handy after the birth of my bub.
So when my labour pains started at 10pm at night, my husband and I were aware of when to call the hospital and all the information that we had gathered at the child birth classes was put to good use. We rushed to the hospital at approx. 3 am when I was getting contractions every 3-4 minutes and I was admitted for the birth of my baby. The midwives who cared for me right from 3am, all the way until 3pm (nearly around the time when my bub was born) were simply awesome! ! A special thanks to midwives Nicola (for being assertive and making me believe in my strengths), Lindsay and Beth (student midwife) for working as a team in monitoring my contractions and guiding me to deliver my beautiful baby after hours of excruciating labour pain!
As mine was a normal vaginal delivery, I was at the hospital for 2 days following the birth of my baby. During this time, my bub and I were treated with a lot of care and attention. The midwives on call helped me to get comfortable with breastfeeding and they were at our beck and call every time we had difficulty settling our bub. I was also being provided special vegetarian food at the hospital which was mind-blowing! Following the discharge from the hospital, we had midwives visiting us at home to examine both bub and me. As my bub had jaundice, we had a midwife visit us at least twice to check on her and to take her blood samples. The handover from the midwife to the maternal child health nurse was also fairly simple.
Overall, the experience has been mind-blowing, except for the parking facilities.