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Launceston General Hospital

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:

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Satisfaction with quality of processes/facilities:

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Satisfaction with birth experience overall:

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Model of care

Midwifery clinic (pub. hosp.)

Why did you choose this model of care?

In Launceston we don’t have a private hospital, so as a first time mum I didn’t see the value in paying for private care in a public hospital

What were your choices for this birth?

Access to medical care/surgery if nec (eg c-section)

How did your birth start?

Spontaneous labour (started naturally)

What were your outcomes?

Staff I didn't know attending me, 3rd/4th degree perineal 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 was booked in to have a planned c section, however my waters started breaking a day early and I was let down by a midwife and OB working that day. The OB didn’t seem to want me to have a c section or check me through the day for dilation, and the midwife looking after me essentially left me on the ward for at least four hours and everytime I saw her and told her my pain was increasing, she told me to use a heat pack and left.
By the time I was taken seriously by a new midwife, my waters had fully broken, I was 9cm dilated and involuntary pushing - it was too late for the c section and too late for an epidural I was told.
I birthed my baby and suffered 3B tearing, he had a two day NICU stay on oxygen because of how fast he came out. I also dislocated my tailbone and suffered post partum pre eclampsia 72hours after birth, I stayed in hospital for 5 days.

It has been over three months of constant struggle, my tailbone still causes me pain, everytime I have a bowel movement it feels like I have glass in my rectum, I am working with a pelvic floor physio who has diagnosed me with stage one bladder and stage one bowel prolapses.

I am in the process of writing a significant complaint, my advice to any woman wanting a c-section at the LGH would be to not risk getting an OB who doesn’t ‘agree with c sections’, go private.
Important to note - that the midwife that took over my care and assisted me with the birth (the two midwives that assisted me with birth were different to the one who was ‘meant’ to be caring for me), were absolutely amazing. I don’t know what I would have done without them.

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