I had my first daughter at King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women in Perth. As a first time mum I had the worst experience at childbirth. They induced me (which took 2 days), I was battered, bruised, torn and ripped by the time Sarah has delivered. I had to have a catheta (did I spell that right?!?!?) because I had no sensation in that area! Then I must have got the nurse from hell (think To Kill a Mockingbird Nurse Cratchet). She forced me to breastfeed - which was agony. She then told me to express milk, which had blood in it - she then said it was OK to give it to my child (when you are young you tend to trust nurses don't you?) Anyway I ended up with masticis (now I know why I never become a Doctor - I cannot spell BIG words!!) and Sarah ended up on antibiotics at 2 days old. She got the worst thrush I have ever seen. I ended up a mess - and then when I did get up the courage to tell them that I didn't want to breastfeed, the nurses made me feel so inferior to the other mums. Needless to say I had my second at St John of God and when I went for my tour they asked me if there was anything that I did not want to do - and I told her all about my experience and she was lovely. I was never pressured or made to feel inadequate. I left hospital after 2 days!
2008 - my year to be great!!