HAPPILY REUNITED: Amanda and her daughter Maddison.
HAPPILY REUNITED: Amanda and her daughter Maddison.

After this ordealmother will trusther instincts

By RENEE REDMOND

AMANDA Convery has one piece of advice for mothers of newborn babies ? trust your instincts.

Amanda, 19, was reunited with her newborn baby, Maddison, on Thursday afternoon, after four days of separation.

The Ballina mother and baby were separated because the Lismore Base Hospital had no equipment to bring the baby back from Brisbane.

The baby had been born prematurely on Wednesday, November 3, at the Lismore Base Hospital and was transferred to Brisbane.

"There's a lot of people angry about the humidicrib portacot, it should have been fixed or replaced years ago. It's ridiculous, a hospital should have the equipment," Amanda said.

Amanda said she should never have left the Brisbane hospital on Sunday on the promise that her baby would be brought back to her by the Base Hospital the next day.

"I wasn't sure if I'd be able to travel back in the ambulance with Maddison and my mum had driven up to Brisbane on Sunday to see the baby before she went back to Tamworth.

"The hospital assured me Maddison would be back before lunch on Monday and I was reluctant to leave her, but I needed to get home to my other daughter, Jade, who's only 18 months old and has been sick," she said.

"When I look back I keep thinking I should have just trusted my instincts and stayed up there.

"I was going to try and get back up to Brisbane on Thursday if she was not back in Lismore. The problem was I didn't have a car. I needed to find someone who could drive me and I still had Jade to look after."

Amanda said Maddison's still having trouble eating and she just wants to take her baby home.

"I feel a lot better now that I have Maddison back, but we can't go home for another three or four days, until she is breast feeding properly," she said.

Amanda said Maddison was held by her father for the first time yesterday, but other family members could not see her until she got home.

"No-one can see her because she's in the special care nursery," she said.

Amanda said she had depression while pregnant with Maddison and still needed to see her doctor about it.



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