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New mum, Marjenta Chatterton from Tanah Merah said that delivering a baby is one of the most important things you will ever do. She is one of many first time mums to give birth at Logan Hospital with the support of our amazing midwives.
Marjenta gazes and coos at her newborn baby daughter Harper in the cocoon of the maternity ward, surrounded by knowledge, experience and care. “You have to be a certain type of person to be a midwife – they are here to help you and make you feel safe,” she said. “We feel safe here, we don’t want to leave do we?”
The journey through birthing at Logan Hospital begins in the community with regular antenatal clinic visits, interaction with both midwives and the doctor, and phone/facetime support.
“I also had a student midwife which was cool,” Marjenta said. “The student midwife is in the clinic as well as when you are having the baby so it is great to have rapport and a relationship with your midwife and student midwife through the journey.
“The clinics are an opportunity to let them know what you want and don’t want, but they can also adapt immediately to changing your mind. I was adamant I wasn’t having an epidural…. I had an epidural. After 20 hours of labour, I made the call and my midwife was completely fine with it,” she said.
Marjenta said as a first time mum she was overwhelmed and when she broke down crying she was offered nothing but encouragement that she was doing an amazing job.