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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

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

Why did you choose this model of care?

What were your choices for this birth?

Water immersion for labour and birth, Support for normal vaginal birth, Unmedicalised birth process, Birth support team of my choice (no visitor restrictions), Access to medical care/surgery if nec (eg c-section)

How did your birth start?

Spontaneous labour (started naturally)

What were your outcomes?

Birth support team of my choice, Instinctive pushing (ie not coached), Vaginal birth, Physiological 3rd stage (natural placenta birth without syntocinon), Planned freebirth

Details of experience

I planned to freebirth but wanted to have all my anti natal care through Atherton hospital. I was allocated a midwife who was very supportive of my choice to freebirth and all through my pregnancy she simply explained the risks/facts without judgement. I would have preferred to have a homebirth midwife but given that I had free birthed before and couldn’t afford the private fees I decided to freebirth with a doula. I ended up being “overdue” and this is where I found there to be a lot of judgement, pressure and scare tactics from the doctors and some midwives at the hospital. My midwife was still supportive of my choice to not be induced but she was on leave so I was being seen by other staff. The other midwife and drs were very unsupportive and made me feel like I was a bad mother for “risking my babies life” when I had no risk factors and had been “overdue” with my first baby that I freebirthed safely without tears or transfers. I felt pressured to have a stretch and sweep and ctg monitoring when I felt there was no need. I also felt pressured to induce despite stating that I didn’t want to. The only reason they had for wanting to induce was that I was 42weeks. I ended up having my daughter safely at home at 42+3 and I’m so glad I was able to withstand the pressure from the hospital staff to induce as this would have completely ruined my birth and created a situation where the natural birth process was interrupted.

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