Lismore Base Hospital
Year of baby's birth
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Satisfaction with birth experience overall:
Model of care
Known midwife (MGP/birth ctr in pub. hosp.)
Why did you choose this model of care?
I wanted to get to know my midwife and birth at home and had access to the public system offering this.
What were your choices for this birth?
Water immersion for labour and birth, Support for normal vaginal birth, Unmedicalised birth process, Birth support team of my choice (no visitor restrictions)
How did your birth start?
Spontaneous labour (started naturally)
What were your outcomes?
Transferred from home/low risk birth service to hospital due to diagnosed risk, Staff I didn't know attending me, Birth support team of my choice, CTG monitoring (continuous monitoring of baby's heartbeat), Grazing/1st-2nd degree tear, Vaginal birth, Physiological 3rd stage (natural placenta birth without syntocinon)
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 was no longer able to birth with my known midwife through the public birth centre when my baby was measuring too small at 38 weeks. After looking at my options over the coming weeks I chose to birth at the hospital and went into spontaneous labour and had a natural birth at 43 weeks. I had many midwives and different people entering the room throughout my labour and birth. I felt pressured to get to a certain point at a certain time which resulted in me physically pushing my baby out when I could have waited for my body and baby to be more ready. I wasn’t able to be in water during my labour and birth as I had constant ctg monitoring. They recommended putting a clip in my baby’s head to monitor their heart beat so I could go in the water but I said no thank you, I did not want a clip out in my baby’s head. My baby was healthy and we left a few hours later as I felt more comfortable at home.
In hindsight a private midwife would have been a better choice for my birth. I chose this for my second birth and had such an enjoyable and empowering birth.