Mater Mothers' Hospital
Year of baby's birth
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Model of care
Midwifery clinic (pub. hosp.)
Why did you choose this model of care?
What were your choices for this birth?
Water immersion for labour and birth, Support for normal vaginal birth, Unmedicalised birth process
How did your birth start?
Spontaneous labour (started naturally)
What were your outcomes?
Staff I didn't know attending me, Prevented from having birth support team of my choice, Instinctive pushing (ie not coached), Vaginal birth
Did you feel you could say No to care/treatments offered (or change your mind about your choices) at any time?
Details of experience
I had a clear and detailed outlined plan of how I invisioned my 2nd birth, this time I wanted a vaginal "natural" birth. I showed the midwife a month prior to due date in which she was very happy that I had plan. I had a doula and had attended hynopbirthing classes which ultimately made me feel comfortable and capable of what my body could achieve. I started having contractions on a Thursday afternoon which I laboured at home until Friday night. My waters had broke Friday afternoon. My partner, doula and myself went in to the hospital about 11pm Friday night after being in labour for over 24hours on my own. Once we arrived at the hospital I was greeted by a lovely young student midwife who was accommodating and willing to assist my birthing wishes although that fast changed when a Scottish angry lady came barging I'm telling me I either have a vaginal examination or I leave. My 1st wish was not to have an examination as I wanted to be calm and have no distractions. After being given an ultimatum I gave in and said okay to the vaginal exam but for them not to tell me how dilated I was. I also insisted my waters had broke but she did not believe me until we showed a picture of my waters on the floor and it was very obvious. I was then allowed ro be moved upstairs the birthing ward but was told I can't have my doula despite the midwife I had seen a few days before saying I can. Clearly there was confusion so I spent the next 6 hours without my doula while she slept downstairs at the hospital since she comes from the Gold coast. All I wanted was a shower and bath to labour in instead was given a shower that trickled and was freezing cold. I laboured on my knees with a yoga ball I was really upset that I couldn't relax. We kept asking to me moved to the birthing suit because i desperately needed a safe space. We were told at 5am we would be moved by 7/8am to a birthing suite. That came and went and by 2pm I was moved. I begged and cried for someone to listen and move me and while the midwife station was directly out my door I was ignored for hours and hours and hours. I did keep seeing women carting their luggage in with significant others in tow ready to be induced. I was told I don't get to be moved into a birthing suite because they needed to keep it free incase someone else more important needed it and they had inductions on. I was now in labour for over 2 days and with noone wanting to help a "natural" birth. After all this and 50 hours of labour we find out my son was posterior. I did deliver naturally and thankfully to 1 midwife that specialised in home births and her amazing student midwife. I am forver traumised by a SYSTEM that can't fathom or appreciate a mother wanting a bath to have a baby in or even a shower that works. I wasn't asking for anything crazy. After this massive ordeal I felt coerced into giving my newborn antibiotics that he didn't need. I stood my ground but allowed them to take blood to check for infection of my newborn son only to find he had no infection (waters had been broken for over 11hrs) I was hounded over and over and over to give antibiotics and was not allowed to leave hospital until 48hrs of monitoring despite negative results. I will FOREVER be traumatised by the most awful neglect any mother could experience. To top it off I never had anyone come and visit me or my baby after the birth apart from a telehelealth. Never would recommend this hospital. I dream over and over my birthing experience and wish I could have been respected as a birthing mother.