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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:

ExcellentVery poorNot greatGoodGreatExcellent

Model of care

Private midwife

Why did you choose this model of care?

To have a homebirth

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?

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

I had a private midwife from xxx in xxx — I had minimal antenatal appointments as I wanted, easily declined the GTT. My only frustration was not knowing who the 2nd midwife would be - this was a source of anxiety for me related to my previous homebirth. I had PROM for 44 hours and then labour started - it was also anxiety provoking to have an impending AMA to sign but that isn’t really the midwives' fault - that is just part of stupid policies I guess. My labour was hard but I felt supported. I had a completely hands off birth & couldn’t be happier with my experience. I would recommend xxx (private midwives) for a physiological at home birth.

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