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    i think it entirely depends on the risk and how quickly symptoms can develop. a new mother might not recognise any symptoms/problems for what they are.

    i would much rather have 1-2 nurses/every couple of babies, where emergency care is readily available, god forbid it was needed.

    i'm sorry.... like i said, yes, of course, i would rather have had my kids next to me.... but i wasn't thinking about me. i was thinking about what could be done for the babies when they were in special care. i was thinking, at least up there, they have nurses dedicated just to their care and looking out for any problems. it's not like that first 24 will affect them for the rest of their lives (unless of course, something does go wrong and it isn't caught---that could most certainly affect them forever).

    so, yes, while it would be nice to have had my kids near me.... am i bitter that they weren't? not at all! they are healthy and happy 5 & 7 year olds now.

    and just so you know, i had two deliveries from hell.... not the fault of the hospital or staff...it was my health issues getting in the way.
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    Is it standard practice in all public hospitals to put newborns in special care units for the first 24 hours or is it just if they see something wrong? Obviously if something is concerning the drs I'm ok with my baby being taken away, but I would be very strongly opposed to him being taken away 'just in case'. As PP said being close to a besotted mum for feeding on demand etc has to be infinitely preferable (for a healthy baby) to being locked away in a nursery monitored by over stretched nurses.

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    no, it isn't standard practice. they only do it if there is a possible issue. both of my kids had issues when they were born.

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    Thank you! I was getting quite worried.

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    i delivered my son by emergency c-section. i had pre-eclampsia and was left on a drip in the delivery suite for the entire night so that i would have a midwife/nurse to care for me. my BP was through the roof. i think he was put upstairs to make sure that my condition hadn't had too much effect on him. i delivered him around 3pm. they brought him to me about 9pm and took him back upstairs about 10pm. they moved me to the ward about lunch time the next day and brought him down to me to stay then.

    with my girl, i had similar issues, but i delivered under general anesthesia (so was totally out of it for delivery)... i didn't recover from that for about 24 hours. her apgar responses were slowed because of the GA. her thyroid was having some problems and she was jaundiced. so they kept here there for just over 24 hours.

    it really is for the safety of the babies.

    sometimes, i feel like they can't win.... if they thought there might be a problem and didn't take action, they would be accused of neglect and mal-practice... if they take the babies upstairs, they get slammed for being overly-cautious.
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    the are extremely cautious which in terms of the babies health is good. for me nothing is too careful when it is my babies health at stake...though my son was in NICU for 3 weeks with what started out as a simple problem (can't remember the term where babies have to be put under the light cause they're too yellow) and they didn't let him come out because ofthe detection of a low fever, possible signs of meningitis (turned out false), bad kidney and wanting to some medical scan on him (which we decided not to get done cause it was too invasive)...the test was not scheduled till 2 months after the release from hospital since there was a waitlist (and in the meantime we seeked the advice of our pedi. who worked at QMH Nicu for many years and was a kidney specialist - Dr Richard CHiu) and he said no need. anyhow, i know it wasn't a good experience but us as a family but knowing how thorough they are was reassuring in the aftermath.
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    jaundice: liver isn't up to scratch, i believe...

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    When I registered at Tsan yuk for the Queen Mary Hospital I received a little book with lots of pamphlets in it. One of them was their policy on breastfeeding and other things happening within the first few hours after birth.

    I don't have it here at the moment, but it said something like the following

    1. Breastfeeding is encouraged and mothers should try to breastfeed within 1 hour
    2. In-rooming is encouraged
    3. Body contact straight after birth is encouraged

    So I think they are just very cautious in case there is a problem, but otherwise they seem to be pro breastfeeding.

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