Terrified first time mum relives birthing nightmare
IT'S every mother's worst nightmare. Hours into the labour of her first baby, Kourtney Marks was told she'd need to go into theatre.
"I was terrified. I thought I was going to die," Kourtney said.
The 19-year-old was rushed into theatre for an emergency caesarean.
Within moments of giving birth to her son Charlie, Kourtney suffered a massive bleed.
"I had a tear from the forceps," she said. "I lost about 2.5 litres of blood and went through 10 bags of donations."
After the operation Kourtney was placed in high-dependency care in Gladstone Base Hospital.
"The midwives were awesome," partner Ben said.
"So many people say bad things about the hospital, but we wanted to share our positive experience."
While Kourtney was being cared for, Ben spent four days in hospital with his new son.
"I was well looked after. I was fed and we had our own room," he said.
The nurses made sure Ben bonded with Charlie through lots of skin-to-skin contact.
Midwife Oki Rose, along with Victoria Gorrie, spent a lot of time with Ben and Kourtney.
Ms Rose said the time Ben spent with Charlie in Kourtney's absence was important.
"The skin-to-skin contact during the first few hours of life forms a bond with a parent," Ms Rose said.
Two weeks on and Ben and Kourtney are happy to be at home. Little Charlie is now pulling faces and cracking a smile.
"I think it's just wind though," Kourtney said. "I'd like to thank everyone at the hospital who helped us out."
Ben agreed. "They were great. They taught me the ins and outs of looking after a baby," he said.
- Gladstone has two hospitals equipped with birthing suites: Gladstone Base Hospital and the Mater Hospital.
- Gladstone Base has maternity services with an antenatal booking clinic and antenatal obstetric review clinic and paediatric services.
- The Mater Misericordiae Hospital offers obstetrics and gynaecology services, with specialists Dr Adam Bush and Dr Anja Szabo.