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Mater Hospital Sydney

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

Private obstetrician

Why did you choose this model of care?

I wanted continuity of care that didn't seem to be available in the public system. At the time I was unaware of MGP or private midwifery options.

What were your choices for this birth?

Support for normal vaginal birth, Unmedicalised birth process, Access to medical care/surgery if nec (eg c-section)

How did your birth start?

Induction of labour

What were your outcomes?

Staff I didn't know attending me, CTG monitoring (continuous monitoring of baby's heartbeat), Induction/augmentation of labour, Caesarean section, Breastfeeding difficulties, 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 wanted to have a low-intervention birth - a plan that was supposedly supported by my obstetrician. However as my due date approached, she pressured me to accept a stretch and sweep, which possibly caused my waters to start leaking later that night. the next day, I went to the hospital because they wanted to "check the baby was ok", but as soon as I got there, I got pressured into an induction. After only 8 hours, I got told I "needed" a caesarean, in the middle of the night no less, without further explanation. I "consented" because the way they were acting made me believe my baby's life was in danger, when in reality it wasn't. I found out only after filling a complaint that the only problem was that the induction hadn't made me go into labour yet. There was no problem with me or my baby, and my clearly stated wishes for a natural birth with minimal intervention were entirely disregarded, and other things were also done that violated my trust. My obstetrician then went on to blame me and my body for "failing the trial of labour".

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