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    I never had trouble getting an epidural in EITHER of my deliveries. In my first, I was induced and I was exhausted so I got it more for the exhaustion than for the pain. The pain was no where near unbearable. I asked for it once and they got it within half an hour or less.

    In my 2nd, I was in more pain but what I found harder was that they INSISTED on having the continuous fetal monitoring because my daughter had a congenital condition (fair enough) - but due to that, I could only be in ONE position otherwise it wouldn't pick up her heartbeat. The pain wouldn't have been so bad, but not being able to move made it a LOT worse. I asked for an epidural and the nurse was dragging her feet. I started yelling at her (because it was becoming unbearable) and she managed to hurry it up a bit ;) I got it within an hour of originally asking for it - but I was doing a whole lot of yelling at her in that time ;) That particular nurse was awful though... thankfully her shift ended soon after and she was replaced with a nurse who was FAR nicer.

    With my first, I had an episiotomy which was the most painful part of my recovery, but with my 2nd I decided to tear naturally and they allowed that, even though it was a vacuum-assisted delivery. I think that the vacuum caused me to tear more than I would have without it, but regardless, the healing process was much smoother than with my first. They DO listen to your requests at the public hospital, but you may need to be more demanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carang View Post
    gracey, while you cannot choose your dr at a public hospital, they all have rooming in and are pro breastfeeding
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    In United Christian (public) there is no rooming-in at least for the first two nights. They are pro breastfeeding but insist on a schedule.

    My epidural story: I was offered one and said I would like to try to go without but asked for a deadline by which time I could let them know. I was very clearly told within four hours of that time. I asked for one within that time frame. There was lots of hedging, I was begging for one by then, finally the doctor came in, rolled her eyes and said: "oh you're not in that much pain". (this is the least of my problems with her) I did not get the epidural. It is possible the anaesthetologist was tied up elsewhere, I am not the only one this happened to. So insisting doesn't always help. The powers that be decide.

    There is always uncertainty in labour, but in the public system there is a little more because you have to be prepared for that fight to make yourself heard. Yes, if I had to, I would go through it again. The point is to decide how much one is willing to pay to not have to have that fight.

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    is united christian run by the hospital authority? if so, my apologies. i didn't know there were different rules for different hospitals.

    believe me, i agree that public hospitals have a lot of room for improvement. please don't get me wrong.

    as has been said before, to each their own.

    while i cannot fathom spending $100k on delivery, others can equally find my willingness to "put up and shut up" unfathomable.

    you didn't get an epidural. i got one (emergency c-section) but it didn't "take" properly and i felt the entire procedure.... we all have "horror" stories (well, maybe not all of us).
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    Yes, this is the mysterious thing about the Hospital Authority. United Christian is indeed part of HA. As is QEH, which has a much more iffy policy on letting fathers into the delivery room. Luckily my husband was allowed in at United Christian but even that was done in a very disorganised way.

    Read about your epidural not taking and the attitude of the doctor on another thread. Hats off to you for going for round two after that experience!

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    it's all good.... kids are now almost 5 and almost 7.... would not have done anything differently... except maybe asked for General Anesthesia the first go-round, had i known the epi wouldn't work! ;)

    anyway... as i said, for me, the $100k would not be worth it... for others, it is.

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    Hi -I am in the same dilemma- I cant console myself of best care and personal touch in QMH. Since i will be in so much pain which should not be heightened due to unavailability of time by nurses/hygiene or Language barrier(not a cantonese speaker). Also,Is it necessary to go to QMH for all their visits or is it ok to pop up straight on the delivery date since they make u wait for 4 hrs on every visit and a student sees u for 5 mins?? will the final care be better than current service?

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    QMH isn't sooooo bad. I had my 3 kids there and if you re nice with them they will be nice with you...
    They speak english no problem. Be firm with your birth plan and everything will be fine.

    If it s your first baby delay as much as you can going to the hospital so you won t spend too much time in the labour ward.For me that was the worst part being on my own without my husband for 5 hours. Once you re in the delivery room it s all fine. I had an epidural for my first.They weren't difficult about it.
    On the episiotomy I'm not sure. I had one for my first and yes it wasn't great and it took me a very long time to recover. But on the other hand I've got many friends who didn't want it and ended up with very bad 3rd degree tear(all the way down to the anal area). For my twins no episio but a 2nd degree tear which had to be re-stiched 2 weeks after delivery. With no local anesthesia... not at QMH, my private gyno did it saying that the pain from the injection for the anesthesia would be as painfull as the stiching...(not sure about that one)

    Once the baby is born, you only have to stay 2 or 3 days there and it s ok. I actually enjoyed having restricted visiting hours. We told friends that because it was so limited only my husband would come(and bring me food...).
    I really didn't feel like seeing people so that was good!!

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    Hi. I am Christine Lau, deputy general manager - communications for Matilda International Hospital. It was interesting to read your comments and you can imagine how surprised we were to read of the instrument incident. After a very in-depth conversation with our OT team it seems there were no lung cases here over the past years (we don’t specialise in this area) and definitely no instruments left in. We appreciate that the comment meant no harm and just want to share our findings with those reading the thread.
    For “carang’s” purpose, you can call me at 2849 0329 if we can be of further assistance.

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