Year of baby's birth
Satisfaction with care from midwives:
Satisfaction with care from obstetricians:
Satisfaction with care from GP:
Satisfaction with quality of processes/facilities:
Satisfaction with birth experience overall:
Model of care
Why did you choose this model of care?
Continuity of care, known midwife, home birth, wanting minimal to no intervention. Safety and comfort of home environment to promote relaxation and natural birth. And because it just seemed the best place for us for a normal healthy pregnancy.
What were your choices for this birth?
Water immersion for labour and 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, Water immersion for labour, Water immersion for birth, Instinctive pushing (ie not coached), 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
Most incredible and empowering blissful birth experience. Supported by my known midwives who knew me and respected and advocated for my choices. Felt safe and relaxed in my home environment with only my husband and midwives as my chosen support team. Free to move around and trust my instincts. Able to use our Hypnobirthing relaxation techniques. Minimal interruption , ie fetal Doppler used occasionally as per routine but I felt respected to stay in my focused relaxed headspace. Reassurance and encouragement given when I needed it, relieved anxiety from previous birth experiences. Most impactful was the post natal care for 6 weeks which was a lifeline to us particularly during lockdown. Knew my choices and was supported by our amazing midwives. A beautiful gentle water birth, so good I can’t wait to do it again!