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Royal Hospital For Women

Year of baby's birth


Satisfaction with care from midwives: 

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Satisfaction with care from obstetricians:

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Satisfaction with care from GP:

Very poorNot greatGoodGreatExcellent

Satisfaction with quality of processes/facilities:

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Satisfaction with birth experience overall:

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Model of care

Known midwife (MGP/birth ctr in pub. hosp.)

Why did you choose this model of care?

Cheap and thought it would be 'with woman' and physiological.

What were your choices for this birth?

Water immersion for labour and 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, CTG monitoring (continuous monitoring of baby's heartbeat), Instrumental delivery (Vacuum extraction/Forceps), Episiotomy, 3rd/4th degree perineal tear, Obstetric violence (eg denied care, forced into decisions, touched without consent, yelled at)

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 got to the hospital and was denied my doula. CTG was used without informed consent. I was put in the main hospital and didn't know why. I was put in lithotomy and told to push, all without consent. Forceps and an episiotomy were done with coerced consent and no pain relief, because the local anasthetic wasn't placed right. I've sustained permanent physical disability not to mention severe mental health concerns.

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