Camille Aniversario prepared all she could for the birth of her twins, knowing it was classified as high risk.
But she believes a series of mostly administrative errors and overcrowding were major factors in her pregnancy ending in an emergency.
She is one of countless mothers to speak of their experiences giving birth at Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, after The Canberra Times revealed senior midwives and nurses wrote to the government expressing their concerns patients’ lives were put at risk by systemic issues at the hospital.
In response to the concerns, the ACT Government said it will announce a plan to update the way maternity services are delivered in the ACT, but has moved to assure the community the hospital offers excellent standards of care.
Brooke Love and her husband expected to be sharing precious moments with their first baby Nathaniel.
Instead, they said they have been forced to deal with ongoing stress stemming from the understaffing, under-resourcing and lack of communication at the maternity ward.
When they questioned why their planned induction was being pushed back repeatedly, a midwife instructed them there was not enough staff to complete it safely and to write to the health minister with their concerns.
Another woman, who asked not to be named, said when she arrived at hospital in full labour she was told by a "horrified and embarrassed midwife" there was no room for her and had to drive to Calvary.
"She said there were three other women ahead of me, circling the carpark and waiting for room. They were also trying to shift women out of the maternity ward (after they'd birthed) and into the general ward so there was more room. The exam rooms were also being used," she said.
All these women's issues issues - from overcrowding, delays in inductions and epidurals, lack of communication and poor management and morale - correlate with the concerns raised by senior nurses and midwives in the letter sent to Minister Fitzharris.
Ms Aniversario recently shared her birth story on her blog and has been overwhelmed with mothers sharing similar stories.
She decided to blog about her experience after writing it down in an affidavit for legal proceedings and finding it a therapeutic experience.
She was booked in for an inducement for her high risk pregnancy at 3pm, but it was not until 6am the next morning the hospital had the staff to begin it.
Ms Aniversario soon became concerned about the positioning of her babies, but was told if she wanted a c-section she would have to wait for the next day as they were fully booked.
After a long and traumatic labour, one of the babies was born naturally while she needed an emergency c-section to give birth to her second, Gigi.
Born unresponsive, Gigi was immediately transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit, while Ms Aniversario was treated for blood loss.
"The problem with Canberra Hospital is that they're so busy, so they have guidelines and they apply it to everyone," she said.
"With my labour it's like trying to fit a triangle into a circle, they applied the guideline and me and my daughter nearly died.
"I don't think it's an issue of quality of medical staff, I think it's an issue of staffing in the sense that there is just not enough."
She said throughout the birth and in the week after, the midwives were constantly run off their feet and getting proper pain management was near impossible because the pain team never came to see her.
"The issues in my opinion are systemic, I had issues across the board," Ms Aniversario said.
"The hospital as a whole is overworked and it just feeds into every area."
She said at times the midwives were often unresponsive, which she put down to being fed-up and exhausted.
"Changes need to start at the administrative level because of the scheduling alone,' she said.
"If you're allowing the hospital to be over booked and to have too many inductions double booked there are your first issues.
"For 16 weeks, the hospital couldn't locate my file. That's an administrative problem but that affects me medically.
"The ability of medical staff doesn't have anything to do with it, it's administrative from a receptionist right up to who organises the budget. "
Ms Love - who gave birth about six weeks ago - was also booked in for an inducement due to concerns about her high blood pressure and possible effects on the baby.
She was put in a short term stay area where her inital contractions were begun.
The next morning a doctor said she was ready to have her waters broken, however she was told there was not enough staff on to do it safely and it was postponed twice.
"Instead of 8am it was 8pm," Ms Love said.
With only one anesthesiologist on, she waited more than four hours for an epidural while having major contractions.
Her labour continued for another night and Nathanial was evenually delivered by forceps when his heartrate dropped.
He was born blue and not breathing and transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit.
"When you go to the birth classes you certainly don't expect what happened to me," Ms Love said.
"The birth went for three and a half days."
Ms Love said she was barely able to see Nathanial after he was born, being told they didn't have the staff to take her up to see him.
Due to complications after birth, she has spent weeks in hosptial since and says she has had trouble getting help with post natal depression and dealing with her pain.
"Since she has come into the hopsital there has just been delay after delay with no communication between doctors, nurses or different teams like the pain team," her mother said.
"I don't think the ACT Government has thought past money. This hospital is no where near good enough for what we've got in Canberra.
"When they turned around and told Brooke they couldn't break her waters because they didn't have staff they just said, if you've got an issue, complain to the minister."
ACT Health has claimed some of the allegations made by staff in the inital letter were "misleading" and moved to assure the community of the standard of care at the hospital.
"In response to recent media reports, it is important for us to assure Canberra families that the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children is a safe and modern facility that provides quality care to our patients," executive director of the hospital Elizabeth Chatham said.
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