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Brisbane mummys to be due in May 2013?
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Posted 13 September 2012 - 01:13 PM
Just wondering if there are any other mummys-to-be due in May 2013 that live in Brisbane.
Would be great to keep in touch and maybe start a mummy's group once bub's are born
Also would be good to chat aboit Brisbane specific stuff - e.g. which hospital you are all planning on using and doctors etc. And any advice about child care centres etc.
Would love to hear from you.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 01:47 PM
I'm in Brisbane - Petrie... waaaaay out on the northside.
We'll be delivering at Caboolture again. I had reasonably good care there apart from BF'ing help which I will be more pushy about this time and one awful midwife who seemed to think i was very inconvenient to be there when we first arrived. She pretty much ignored us for 5 hours unitl our actual midwife arrived and broke my waters and got things moving!!! Anyway... parking is free and it's the fastest for us to get to - 15-20 up the highway
We have one DS already (19 months) who is in DC Mon-Tues then at Grandparents Wed-Thurs and home with me Fridays.
How about you?
Posted 14 September 2012 - 06:44 AM
hi im out ipswich way. i will be having this bub at ipswich public again as thats where i had my first. its a good ward the midwives are very supportive of bf and it also turns out i work in the hospital as well, so they all know me and have all my records too. im hoping to get on the midwifery progra they offer there but have to see who is available. i had a very long and traumatic birth the first time so am thinking about a c-section this time. where abouts in brissy are you op.
Posted 15 September 2012 - 06:35 AM
Hi to you both :-)We live in Camp Hill (near Coorparoo) south east Brisbane. This will (hopefully) be our first baby. We did get pregnant earlier in the year but had a mmc at 6.5 weeks. So fingers crossed this one is forming nicely!
We added maternity to our private health fund in mid June thinking it would take a while to get pregnant again and by that time we would work in with the wait period (can't give birth until 1 yr after adding maternity). We will miss out my one month!!! But anyway we are kinda happy after hearing all the EXTRA cost when going private.
So we live close to Mater Mothers and thinking of that with shared care from my GP who specializes in women's health. Have you guys heard good or bad about mater mothers? Have you done shared care?? Also haven't been to doc yet but when can u first hear a heartbeat? Because of last time I am very anxious to do this.
You two are the experienced ones so would love to get your advice!!! Hope you are feeling well xxx
Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:09 AM
I think with my first we saw the heartbeat around 7 weeks. We had a scan before that and could see the sac but not the heartbeat... we went back 10 days later and could see it. Amazing how quickly things change with them I'm a bit stressed out this time as I had a dating scan last Friday and was too small to give due date. My GP convinced me we don't need to do another one for dating - the scan this time said I must be jsut under 5 weeks so we're going with the kind of dates I gave her originally based on my LMP and length of cycle. So I've booked in for my 12 week scan on the 26th of October and have to wait until then. I told her I was nervous about not having seen the heartbeat yet... I shoudl have insisted I wanted to go again next week for a scan. Oh well.
I did do shared care last time but it didn't mean much - Caboolture have been in a long process of setting up for shared care - basically it's stuck in legal. I think you're supposed to get a book and you take it to each appointment and they fill it out so it's kinda shared between the hospital and your GP. Well the hospital neevr paid any attention to the fact I was seeing my GP at ALL! They always scheduled my appointments like they were the only people I was seeing and just toally ignored me repeatedly saying "I am seeing my GP". But then we had high risk 12 week results so I think they stamped my file 'high risk' and followed that course of appointments the rest of the time for no f'ing reason. Anyway... I found my GP much better than them. She always measured me, weighed me, checked out my pee, blood pressure etc. And she actually gave a crap about how I was doing. This time I have a new GP... simply because it's easier for us all to go to the same clinic. I'm not sure how I feel about this new one yet. I think I prefer my old one but not sure I can be bothered changing. My dietician is also at the new clinic although she already sh*t me off too. Trying to tell me because I don't eat red meat i HAVE to take iron. I was vegetarian for years and haven't eaten red meat since my teens and NEVER had a problem. If they find one I will take something but otherwise no thanks - why they force un-needed iron on pregannt women to constipate them even more is beyond me. So I need to make sure I have vitamin C with each meal to maximise my iron absorbtion.... and drink milo as it's full of iron See how I go with that but my levels are also fine without.
I have heard very good things about the Mater - everyone wants to go there
Sorry to hear about you birth menmyboy I had my gall bladder out when I was 17 weeks with DS and the recovery was pretty horrible. I was determined not to have a CS after that. And that was only keyhole so I can only imagine how hard it is to recover from a CS. But I understand wanting to avoid the same thing happenning again. I thought I was having braxton hicks for a few days - then found out DS was facing the wrong way (head down by face up instead of face down). so actually he was trying to get labour going. After three days I was due to be induced (my waters were leaking by then) but labour was pretty strong the night before so we went up early. They pretty much ignored me until my scheduled midwife arrived so we may as well have just truned up in the mornign as planned. She broke my waters and told me to labour on all fours so he woudl turn over. He was born about 5 hours after she broke my waters. I had gas but the back pain I was having from him facing the wrong way was shocking - so painful. i couldn't even feel contractions in my belly, only my back. So I ended up having an epidural and it wasn't so bad. I thought I would be stuck in bed and wanted to avoid that but I still had some movement in my legs so I was able to get up on all fours and change positions. I had bi-lateral labial grazes but no tearing. The grazes they said was from him throwing his arm out next to his face, lol, like superman.
Posted 15 September 2012 - 10:10 AM
I may be jumping the gun a little here but 3 different HPT's all showing this morning give me reason to believe I'll be due in May with our first! I'm bursting to tell someone about it but DH works away and I'd really rather confirm with the Doc first and then tell him in person. I've only been off the pill for a couple of months and I really wasn't expecting it to happen so quickly! I can't even explain why I did a test this morning, I haven't really had any symptoms to speak of, I just kinda 'knew'
I live in the Caboolture area and work in East Brisbane and I think I will definately need some local advice about all this baby stuff (even though right now I keep looking at the HPT to make sure I'm not dreaming lol)!
Posted 15 September 2012 - 02:14 PM
I am based in Cannon Hill and this will be my first. I got lucky that I added pregnancy to private health insurance in time for this, so I will be going to Mater Mothers Private. I have got my confirmation of book in yesterday. I am fairly excited.
I am going for my first scan on Monday and therefore I so very excited.
sarkazam76 sounds like you are really having fun with it at the moment, hope you get the dietician sorted.
Jac5512 I too would like to know more about mater mothers and others experiences...
Edited by waiteduntilnow, 15 September 2012 - 02:14 PM.
Posted 15 September 2012 - 06:15 PM
Great to hear from you all!
Mrs Tee - congrats!!!! Sounds like you are definitely pregnant! Three tests showing BFP.... i hear it is very unusual to get a false positive (but not so unusual to get a false negative). So tell DH the exciting news I reckon!!!
Menmyboy - so sorry to hear about your first birth. When I hear friends stories about terrible births (with lots of tearing etc) it makes me wonder about elective CS's. Also I work as a lawyer and have acted in some med neg cases and have seem some pretty horrid birthing complications for mum and baby. One word of the wise guys - don't get the suction or forceps. It can cause drastic probs for baby. So yeah I am a bit paranoid after hearing alot of stuff. But can only really put trust in the ones who are caring for you I suppose.
Sarkasm76 - thanks for sharing your experiences with "shared care".... will have to ask my doctor a bit more about how it is supposed to work with the mater. And yes, keep that dietician in line
Waiteduntilnow - welcome!! You and I are neighbours When are you due? Do you work? Are you looking at any child care centres?
BTW - when is everybody due??
Posted 15 September 2012 - 10:40 PM
Hi everyone I technically don't fit in this group as I have not long had my bub, but if you have any questions about the Royal birth centre I can try and answer as we had an amazing experience there, also I am a kindy teacher so have knowledge bout child care etc
Posted 15 September 2012 - 11:10 PM
Hey K's mum I do have something I'm wondering about....
So if I go back to working on Fridays (haven't done so since going back to work after having Zach), starting in October, I will earn approx $6k more by the end of April - money that i can put away for next materntiy leave, it's a bit over 2 mortagage repayments. If you were me where would you put Zach? Right now he goes daycare, daycare, grandmas, grandmas, home with me, weekend. Not sure I want him going DC DC/ GM GM/ DC but GM cannot change her days. SO instead of DC was thinking of looking for family day care but then I worry about what that will be like for him too - how do you know they are legit and being good to your kids without the security of it being in a centre? I am keen to give him lots of different experiences so it would be good that way.... but taking him to DC would be much easier. Any thoughts that migth help me decide? I feel like a good FDC would be a great environment for him and gives hiim a range of experiences from just doing groudhog day at the centre. And not sure how he would do going back there after 2 days off.
I think I'm due about the 11th but won't know for sure until 12 week NT scan as my first scan was too early.
Congrats mrs_tee - so you will be delivering at Caboolture I take it? We might be there together They do a tour there, used to be every Sunday, worth doing to check it out. When we did it I was the only one not showing, lol - wanted to check it out before committing to it! And the classes were well worth going to as well. Except the physio one which was a waste of time!!!
Posted 16 September 2012 - 05:34 AM
Sar - Were you thinking of not doing GM at all? Because even if you do family dc he will still have the two days off. If he settles well at dc I would just continue there, there may be an adjustment period or he might settle straight away as it is a place that he is familiar with. If you want to expose him to different experience maybe GM can take him to a local play group or all the council libraries have music sessions during the week, hope that helps
Posted 16 September 2012 - 10:00 AM
+1 Brisbane Mum
Our Ob is Bob Watson at North West Private, and we're due 9th May , and we will be having an elective CS. I had an emergency CS with my son at John Flynn Private on the Goldy 7 years ago - hospital, staff and experience was fantastic!
I'm eager to see Bob (he treated my Mum's ovarian cancer, so I'm very familiar with NWP and Bob saved my Mum's life, so I don't need anymore convincing ) for my first scan in 2 weeks...
I've heard/read some not-so-great stories about NWP (even from my sister, but she had a different Ob), but I've also heard the same about John Flynn. I think it's important to remember that everyone will have a different experience, and often the experience is what you make it.
Anywho... I wish I was 12-weeks already so we could tell my son, family and friends Let's go baby bean!!!
Posted 16 September 2012 - 03:30 PM
Sarkasm - I really have no idea what we'll be doing, I'm so new at all this there's going to be a lot of researching to do! We have had PH for years now and I feel like I'm wasting it if we don't go private, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Thanks for the tip about the tour though, I'll definitely check it out
I told DH the news yesterday, I think I might have expolded if I didn't tell someone about it! I Skyped him so I could see the look on his face and it was absolutely priceless
Congrats to all you ladies btw, it's so exciting to hear about all these babies on the way!!!
Posted 18 September 2012 - 10:15 AM
I had my first scan yesterday, we are so excited... Healthy baby size (a little advanced of my calculations) and a very strong heart beat of 155bpm.
My obstetrician said to keep my current dates as she felt that they were pretty good - so due date will be around 5th May.
JAC5512 - when are you due - I am sure you have already said but I have missed it.
Its all very exciting.
Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:46 PM
waiteduntilnow - how very exciting for you!! It must have been such a relief to hear that strong heart beat :-) And your due date (5.5.13) will be our first wedding anniversary - must be a good date :-)
I am due 17 May 2013 but haven't had a scan yet so will hopefully be able to do that in a week or two! Really need to hear the heart beat to realise this is real as had a mmc earlier this year :-(
Posted 19 September 2012 - 01:07 PM
Jac we are due date buddies! I just finished up with my Doc and he gave me a due date of 17/05/13 Well, for now anyway... he wants me to go for a dating scan because he couldn't believe I conceived so soon after stopping the pill
He asked me about what OB I want and which hospital etc etc and I just had no idea, I've known I'm pregnant for about 5 minutes there's no way I know any of that yet!! He suggested either Caboolture or RBWH, any advice you ladies could give me would be muchly appreciated...
My bestie had her DS at Caboolture 6 years ago and said it was great, and she'll be there again in December for another one (as a public patient). I was thinking I could go in as a private patient but apparently the costs just get way out of hand. How frustrating that private health insurance doesn't cover all your health needs Does anyone know if private patients at Caboolture get a private room? If not I don't really see much point paying extra for it...
My SIL was at RBWH a few years ago too but I only work in Brisbane, I don't live here anymore and I figure when it's time for baby I'll be at home, not work so it would be a long way to go.
Anyone got any thoughts..?
Posted 19 September 2012 - 05:33 PM
Fantastic we are due date buddy's MrsTee I haven't heard anything about Caboolture but have heard great things about birth centre at RBWH. I have looking into going public as a private patient and most forums say it isnt worth it as you basically just pay extra to be a public patient (there are excesses involved whereas as a public patient it is all free).
Today I got a referral for my dating scan. Booked it for next thurs when I will be 6 weeks 6 days. Doc said to get it as close to 7 weeks as I could wait.
Very very nervous as had a MMC earlier in the year and so worried there will be no heart beat. And to top it all off my boob soreness (which has been my main preg symptom) has really started to really subside today
Anybody know what this means or had it happen to them? Is this normal or not??
Posted 19 September 2012 - 07:39 PM
I called to book in for my dating today and she said it needed to be at least 6 weeks.
I can't comment on the boobs thing, I haven't had any boob related symptoms (hope that can be normal too )...
Hope it goes well for you
Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:43 PM
Your symptoms will come and go and change constantly. You will not have sore boobs for 40 weeks, for example Buy "What To Expect" - I have to say a lot of the advice and the way it's written is a bit annoying and geed toward a certain way of doing things instead of providing info on all ways to do things..... but I thought it was very good for talking about symptoms and things you may be feeling and explaining the stages of bubs development. I used to wait until each month rolled over then read the whole section for that month. I hardly matched up with anything they said would happen when it woudl happen though but usually would find it the month before or after in the book compared to when things actually happenned for me.
I had DS at Caboolture and was ahppy with it apart from not feeling supported enough after he was born - especially with BF'ing. I am seriously considering hire a midwfie to look after me, not for pregnancy and delivery but AFTER bubs is born so I have one person help me with BF'ing so I get consistent advice from someone focused on me and not trying to hide what an inconvenience they think I am. But I will have this bub at Caboolture too. Free parking is a big plus. I'm at Petrie so straight up the highway - it's so quick.
If you live north of the North Pine River the Royal may refuse to take you and they take a LONG time to let you know so then you're like 1/2 way and have had no appointemnts. So if you want to go there sign up now!!! I have heard good things about the Royal. When I had my gallbladder out at 17 weeks last time they put me in maternity.... all I remember was a fricking buzzer (nurse call I think) going off outside my door 24 damn hours a day and it was so loud. But they took very good care of me and were all very lovely - kept telling me how they wanted me to come back to deliver, lol. If I was high risk I would definitely go there - the Maternal Fetal Medicine unit is amazing and took very good care of us when I got 1 in 24 chance of down syndrome.
Posted 20 September 2012 - 02:46 PM
Buy "What To Expect" - I have to say a lot of the advice and the way it's written is a bit annoying and geed toward a certain way of doing things instead of providing info on all ways to do things..... but I thought it was very good for talking about symptoms and things you may be feeling and explaining the stages of bubs development. I used to wait until each month rolled over then read the whole section for that month. I hardly matched up with anything they said would happen when it woudl happen though but usually would find it the month before or after in the book compared to when things actually happenned for me.
sarkazm76 said it well (sorry I don't know how to quote people directly where it says who said the quote - if anyone can tell me how to do this, I would appreciate it!!)
Jac5512- This is my first pregnancy myself and while I have so many questions, the book has really helped me put my mind at ease and know that while my body may feel really weird right now, it is actually normal to feel weird! Just listen to your body and try not to stress (easy said than done I know!) At the moment I get waves of morning sickness and weird body symptoms (sore boobs, cramping etc) on and off, some days I barely notice it, other days oh boy! Good luck!
Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:11 AM
I got my big fat positive last week. The doc and I couldn't agree on a due date so I've had a dating scan already. I'm due on the 25 May.
I'm feeling very nervous cause my symptoms are very different to when I was pregnant with my son. Plus it seems a little too easy this time. JD took 16 months of TTC and 2 miscarriages. I only had the mirena out in late April.
I want to go back to the Mater but my doc says it is highly unlikely I will get in and I'll have to go to Ipswich. I really don't want to go to Ipswich.
Posted 22 September 2012 - 05:10 PM
Thanks Sarkasm76 - I bought the book and finding it helpful. Boobs have started getting tender again so feeling a bit better.
Welcome tidey2!! Congrats :-) Where do you live? Are you outside the mater catchment? Luckily we are in it and my GP said all will be good to get in there (hopefully).
My update is that I have a scan booked for this thurs. will be 7 weeks so just hoping to see a heartbeat. So very nervous as last pregnancy this is when we found out there was no heartbeat and that it had stopped growing at 6 weeks 2 days. So fingers, toes and everything else crossed here!!!!!
Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:59 PM
hi jac5512, i also have a scan on thursday this week. im a bit nervous as well cause i had a m/c back in feb too at 5 weeks, where they couldnt even see anything but an empty sac. but im 2 weeks further than i got last time, so im hoping to see a neartbeat. good luck with yours. my due date is 5/5/13.,
Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:31 PM
Hi ladies,Congratulations to all!! I'm a first time mum to be who lives in Murrumba Downs and is due on 6th May 2013!I didn't fully believe it till we had our dating scan and I saw the heart beat!! It was amazing! My hubby is already a dad but the look on his face at the scan was priceless! We had the private/public debate as well but decided to go public - saves the out of pocket costs - which there are many despite private health insurance. So we are looking at booking into Redcliffe, not done yet as I have spent the past few weeks home sick with a mixture of flu symptoms and nausea. Bad combination!Anyway, it's so great knowing there are others out there sharing the same hopes and fears. I'm quite new to the forum thing but am looking forward to sharing this time with you allXxx
Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:53 PM
Hey Panyae - congratulations
I'm at Petrie - we're going to Caboolture.
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