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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?

It’s the gold standard and supports my informed choice of care throughout pregnancy birth and postpartum

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 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

Care with a known midwife who attended my birth. This was the second homebirth for us with the same midwives and birth team. They even supported us in a rural location where we now live. Labour and birth were gentle and fast. There was no fear present just optimistic expectation. Supported well in our own home and postpartum the same midwife visits.
I wouldn’t choose any other mode to birth unless I had to. I would choose this model of care hands down every single time. If for some reason private midwifery weren’t an available option to me, I would do my best to educate myself and husband and search for a supportive birth worker who would attend a freebirth. Research all the need to know things to do with the responsibility of freebirth. Going to hospital would be my very last choice. And only if there were a true medical emergency.

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