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Year of baby's birth


Satisfaction with care from midwives: 

GoodVery poorNot greatGoodGreatExcellent

Satisfaction with care from obstetricians:

Very poorNot greatGoodGreatExcellent

Satisfaction with care from GP:

Very poorNot greatGoodGreatExcellent

Satisfaction with quality of processes/facilities:

Not greatVery poorNot greatGoodGreatExcellent

Satisfaction with birth experience overall:

ExcellentVery poorNot greatGoodGreatExcellent

Model of care

Midwifery clinic (pub. hosp.)

Why did you choose this model of care?

I planned to have an intervention free birth

What were your choices for this birth?

Unmedicalised birth process

How did your birth start?

What were your outcomes?

Instinctive pushing (ie not coached), Vaginal birth, Physiological 3rd stage (natural placenta birth without syntocinon), Planned freebirth

Did you feel you could say No to care/treatments offered (or change your mind about your choices) at any time?

Details of experience

My midwife team consisted of 7 women who worked out of Caboolture Hospital, I wasn't required to see them at the hospital though. Some were open to intervention free birthing, some were not. There was one midwife I refused to see again after a couple of appointments with her. I was required to have unnecessary appointments at hospital with head obstetrician at beginning and end of pregnancy. A stretch & sweep and induction were offered but not pushed after I refused. I was forced to book an induction for two weeks after my due date to appease the process. My free birth at home 7 days after due date was wonderful and exactly what I hoped. But the pre-birth & post birth process involved put me off having another child in Qld/Australia.

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