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RHW Randwick and active birthing in the delivery suite
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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:48 PM
I am giving birth at the RHW, yet to find out if I can have a natural birth or if I'll need a c-section (placenta low)
In preparation either way, I am reading Active Birth.
Does anyone know if active birthing is allowed or encouraged in the delivery suites at the RHW?
Ie squatting, supported squatting, kneeling etc
Or do I have to give birth in the semi-reclining / reclining position?
Please note I have to give birth in the delivery suite, so not the birth centre....
Posted 07 February 2013 - 08:53 AM
I'm due to give birth to my first baby at the RHW, Randwick and had my tour of the hospital ward a couple of weeks ago - I am also keen on active birthing and they pointed out all of the equipment they have for this and seemed very open and supportive of this style of labour
And this was in the normal delivery suite not the birth centre
Posted 07 February 2013 - 09:02 AM
Yup - they have fit balls, birthing stools, matress if you want to give birth on the floor, shower with 2 shower heads (water is luke warm though), plastic chair to sit on in the shower.
I got told off for not being more active. Unless you are being monitored for some reason youu can be as active as you want. They dont allow the walking epidurals so if you have an epi you have to stay on the bed.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 11:50 AM
Absolutely! They even do water birth there. Ask them for a "cosy room" if you can. They are in the normal delivery suite area but designed to have a birth centre feel. Most the midwives would be encouraging an active labour and are happy fr you to birth off the bed. I delivered loads of babies on mats on the floor and on birthing stools, when I worked there.
Edited by Mianta, 07 February 2013 - 11:51 AM.
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