Year of baby's birth
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Model of care
Known midwife (MGP/birth ctr in pub. hosp.)
Why did you choose this model of care?
I wanted to have continuity of care by having the same midwife care provider. I also wanted to avoid birthing and being cared for in the large public hospital
What were your choices for this birth?
Water immersion for labour and birth
How did your birth start?
Spontaneous labour (started naturally)
What were your outcomes?
Attended by my known midwife/doctor, Birth support team of my choice, Water immersion for labour, Water immersion for birth, Instinctive pushing (ie not coached), Grazing/1st-2nd degree tear, Vaginal birth
Details of experience
From the start, I felt encouraged by my midwife throughout my pregnancy to trust my body as it was made to grow a baby and birth. During my labour I was supported to stay at home for as long as possible and labour in my comfortable home environment. My midwives supported me over the phone and provided direction including advice to preserve energy and listening to labour sounds as an indicator of when it was time to come in to the birth centre. My labour was fast and I was only at the birth centre for a short period of time before the baby was born. My midwife ran the bath so I was able to labour and birth in the water as I had requested. They provided reassurance and gentle coaching that helped me avoid tearing in the final pushing stages. Despite the rush of my birth the space still felt calm and in control. I had a post partum haemorrhage but still the midwives remained calm and quickly provided the appropriate care without making me feel like something was wrong. We were supported to return home that afternoon and we received daily home visits from the midwives at home where they cared for me and the baby and provided breastfeeding support. Overall we were very happy with our experience and felt that we had chosen the right service for us. We felt in control and never felt pressured into making decisions or accepting unnecessary intervention.