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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

Midwifery clinic (pub. hosp.)

Why did you choose this model of care?

It was free and I'd heard good things about the maternity clinic at Port Macquarie Base Hospital

What were your choices for this birth?

Water immersion for labour and birth, Support for normal vaginal birth, Unmedicalised birth process, Access to medical care/surgery if nec (eg c-section), Nothing in particular-willing to fit in with hospital processes

How did your birth start?

Spontaneous labour (started naturally)

What were your outcomes?

Attended by my known midwife/doctor, CTG monitoring (continuous monitoring of baby's heartbeat), Caesarean section, Special care nursery/NICU stay for baby

Details of experience

Emergency C section after spontaneous rupture of membranes at 32 weeks. Only went in to the hospital to check as there was the slightest change in my discharge. No pain or bleeding and I honestly thought everything was fine, but just felt like I should get checked.
They measured bubs heart rate and it was unstable, and then swapped me and it came back positive that my waters had broke. Plan was to be transferred to John Hunter asap in a helicopter with baby inside.
This was not possible as her heart rate continued to be unstable and I had to have an emergency C section at Port Macquarie Base Hospital. Baby was taken to special care with my husband and waited for the NETS team to arrive. They were both choppered down to John Hunter Hospital and I joined them the next night via medical flight.

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