I went to the local state hospital (Maternity and childrens) everything was great, the midwives were very helpful with breathing techniques and changing positions. I had an epidural with a weak dose and I could still move around. I stayed in for 36 hours. I found it a lot better than I had heard, no shaving, enema or forced episiotomy, my baby was delivered straight onto my chest and the midwife helped latch her on. Then once in my room she showed me various feeding techniques and explained the main problems I would encounter.
It was a 100% positive experience and we are planning a repeat performance.
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I went to the midwife at our local GP surgery and the hospital is the one serving our village.
I wouldnt take so many things, as everything was provided. I would try to get released a day earlier as 2 days stuck in bed was killing me!
To ask about the antenatal classes run by the midwife. They're not advertised and I just asked if there were any private ones, and it turned out that she ran classes.