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Rooming-In and I need some advice

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    Tini is offline Registered User
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    Rooming-In and I need some advice

    Hi there,

    Is it common throughout HK that you can't room-in with your baby? I am shocked and totally devasted that I won't be able to room-in with my baby at the Union Hospital. Also I will be able to cuddle my baby for about 10mins before they take it away from me. I don't even know whether I am allowed to have it in my room if I cannot get up after the c-section. But bottle they routinely give within the first 24hrs after birth because they think the baby could starve. What kind of old fashioned regulations do they have at that hospital? Is is the same at QM and Matilda and other hopsitals? I am seriously considering going to a different hospital and spend my money there. I was thinking of QM but my mother-in-law thinks it's might be dirty and not good service.

    I am so bummed out. I wish I was back in Europe or North America!
    Thanks for listening.
    Christin

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    Those are the points that really turned me off of Union. Not at all conducive to breastfeeding or bonding with your baby, and especially the baby`s father. Really crazy, is you ask me.
    I never ended up having my baby in HK (had him in GZ) but from what I read here, there are other more lenient hospitals. Union is not one of them, and I will never go there. If you can change, I would, because I think if this is important to you, it could end up really ruining your experience. I really enjoyed having my baby in my room with me, and there was always lots of help if I needed it.

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    By the way, if you pay for a private room at Union, PLUS have a 24 hour private nurse/helper with you (that you supply, I believe) they let the baby room in with you. That is the only option at Union. I went over everything again and again with them, looking for loopholes.
    QMH sounds like a great place to have a baby, if you live in their district.

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    I live in Tai Wai, and I was told that Union is a good hospital but after having met my OB 3 times now I don't feel comfortable with him. He started an argument yesterday with me when I told him that I don't want my baby to be bottlefed after birth. He asked me if I want my baby to starve (?). No, of course I don't want my baby to starve but it's not neccessary to bottlefeed. They also don't encourage to latch on the baby right after birth. Funny, moms in Europe and North America are encouraged to latch the baby on as soon as possible. And he tells me that HK has the lowest rate of feotal mortality in the whole world. I really wonder whether UH does any research on bonding, breastfeeding, etc. I can't imagine having a wonderful experience at UH.

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    I don't know about Union, but I was at Adventist, and there the babies generally are in the nursery. However, I found I could keep my baby with me for just about as long as I wanted. One day I remember she was just chilling and we were having some good cuddle time so when the nurse came to get her I just told her I wasn't done feeding yet.

    After a c-section, again at Adventist, I got a quick cuddle after she was out and cleaned up, but then they took her to the nursery to get fully cleaned up and bathed and all that. The main reason they get the baby out of the room is that the surgery room has to be kept cold, and babies need to be warm. I got to be with her again after about an hour and again I could keep her in my bed-space (was in a wardroom) for as long as i wanted.

    I had full rooming in with my first child in the States and honestly both are fine. I like the option of being able to send the baby to the nursery so mom can sleep. After a birth, c-section or otherwise, you need your rest!

    At Adventist they did not insist on giving the baby a bottle at any point. In fact when I decided she needed one they gave me a hard time because I'd said no bottles! HA!

    I am pretty sure Matilda encourages rooming in. When I visited there there were almost no babies in the nursery.

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    I had a great experience at Matilda. They definitely encouraged latching soon after birth. My delivery was natural so there wasn't too much time between the delivery and when we were back up in our room for the first feed. Not sure exactly how it would work for c-sections, but I imagine the sort it out so that you can breastfeed as soon as you need to.

    They are completely open to rooming-in but do encourage (though do not require) you to let the baby stay in the nursery the first night. They then bring the baby to you and wake you up to feed, help you get the latch right etc. Great breastfeeding support all around.

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    I had a wonderful experience at QHM too.

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    Hi Tini, Just replied to your PM and saw this post.

    Shenzhennifer is right. If you have a private room you are allowed to room-in with your baby. They did not tell me that I need to have a 24 hour private nurse/helper. But they knew that my mother/husband was there with me during the whole time I was at the hospital.

    I had a private room when delivering there last year May. I breastfed but was not able to do it right after my c-section. As a first time mother, not knowing what to expect and wanting make sure that my baby is fed, I let them to have him in the nursery while I was recovering. I only could get out of bed to go to the nursery to try feeding him the second day afternoon.

    But the nurse there did encourage me to room in with the baby to start breastfeeding and build up my supply.

    You probably could push for it after delivery. If you are not sure, I probably would suggest you to change your Ob and all together your hospital.

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