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Year of baby's birth


Satisfaction with care from midwives: 

ExcellentVery poorNot greatGoodGreatExcellent

Satisfaction with care from obstetricians:

Very poorNot greatGoodGreatExcellent

Satisfaction with care from GP:

Very poorNot greatGoodGreatExcellent

Satisfaction with quality of processes/facilities:

Very poorNot greatGoodGreatExcellent

Satisfaction with birth experience overall:

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Model of care

Private midwife

Why did you choose this model of care?

Because I am a type 1 diabetic and did not agree with the typical hospital model of care for type 1 diabetics and their babies.

What were your choices for this birth?

Support for normal vaginal birth, Homebirth with a registered private midwife, 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?

Attended by my known midwife/doctor, Birth support team of my choice, Instinctive pushing (ie not coached), Episiotomy, Grazing/1st-2nd degree tear, Vaginal birth, Special care nursery/NICU stay for baby, Ongoing health challenges for me/baby

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 my 'dream' homebirth of our 2nd baby, spontaneuos labour at 39+4 (besides a stretch and sweep by my midwife at home 3 days prior). Unfortunately bub was 5.3kg & a shoulder dystocia, stuck for 4 mins. I had a private obs backup with scans in late pregnancy but no one predicted his size including myself, it was no ones fault & I really feel everyone who cared for us did the best they could. So my midwife gave an episiotomy when his head was out with my consent, the ambulance was called & my partner & baby had to transfer to hospital once he was born while I stayed home to get stitches. His challenging birth resulted in 4 weeks of special care then NICU from broken collarbone & swallowing issues due to neck trauma but he is ok now.

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