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Birth location

Birth service name

Model of care

Birth date

Postcode

Reason for change of model of care if not first choice

Not applicable (freebirth)

Jun 4, 2022

4680

Satisfaction with (out of 5)

- midwifery care

- obstetric care

- quality of facilities

- overall birth experience

Outcomes

5

Birth before arrival at hospital, Normal vaginal birth, Water immersion for labour/birth

Details of experience

Baby born in bathtub.

Dealt with 26+ hr retained placenta at home.

Another amazing Freebirth experience

Birth location

Birth service name

Model of care

Birth date

Postcode

Reason for change of model of care if not first choice

Not applicable (freebirth)

Dec 31, 2020

4877

Satisfaction with (out of 5)

- midwifery care

- obstetric care

- quality of facilities

- overall birth experience

Outcomes

5

Normal vaginal birth

Details of experience

For this pregnancy I attempted to find a independent midwife but none service my rural area. Then sought the support of an OB so that I could have a back up plan for Cairns Private however they did not accept me into the continuity of midwife program due to midwives going on leave and also the OB refused care as my first choice was Homebirth/freebirth.

Birth location

Birth service name

Model of care

Birth date

Postcode

Reason for change of model of care if not first choice

Team of midwives where you see anyone from the team each time you visit (Birth in hospital)

Jun 1, 2017

4510

Satisfaction with (out of 5)

- midwifery care

- obstetric care

- quality of facilities

- overall birth experience

Outcomes

4

Normal vaginal birth, Water immersion for labour/birth, Staff I didn't know attending me

Details of experience

I was lucky to have a positive birthing experience, however, I’m aware that my very straight forward birth played a part in this.
An induction was suggested to a temporary decrease in feral movement. I declined as my baby went back to normal and I felt things were fine.
My midwives were all lovely. I would have preferred a known midwife the whole way through though.

Birth location

Birth service name

Model of care

Birth date

Postcode

Reason for change of model of care if not first choice

At home without a registered private midwife (freebirth)

Not applicable (freebirth)

Oct 10, 2017

4877

The hospital couldn’t support my birthing requirements

Satisfaction with (out of 5)

- midwifery care

- obstetric care

2

2

- quality of facilities

2

- overall birth experience

Outcomes

5

Normal vaginal birth

Details of experience

As mentioned above the hospital could not support my birth requirements.
I had planned to birth on water however I was only ‘allowed’ to labour in water. They pushed being induced before 40 weeks. They wanted continuous monitoring. I did not. They wanted to do cervical exams. I did not. They wanted me to have a saline lock. I did not. They didn’t encourage birth plans as ‘anything can happen’. Although they offer their version of continuity of midwifery care it is OB lead and they can not guarantee the midwife you ‘know’ will be there for birth.
Cairns Private. I freebirthed at 41 weeks. Precipitous birth.

Birth location

Birth service name

Model of care

Birth date

Postcode

Reason for change of model of care if not first choice

Albany Hospital

Continuity of care with a primary midwife (Birth in hospital)

Jun 5, 2020

4306

Satisfaction with (out of 5)

- midwifery care

- obstetric care

5

1

- quality of facilities

5

- overall birth experience

Outcomes

5

Normal vaginal birth

Details of experience

Was a homebirth

Birth location

Birth service name

Model of care

Birth date

Postcode

Reason for change of model of care if not first choice

Registered birth service (ie, hospital or birth centre)

Albany Hospital

Care shared between your GP and local hospital staff (GP shared care)

Mar 2, 2022

Satisfaction with (out of 5)

- midwifery care

- obstetric care

2

2

- quality of facilities

2

- overall birth experience

Outcomes

1

Epidural, Instrumental delivery (Vacuum extraction/Forceps)

Details of experience

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Birth location

Birth service name

Model of care

Birth date

Postcode

Reason for change of model of care if not first choice

Registered birth service (ie, hospital or birth centre)

Alice Springs Hospital

Private obstetrician

May 13, 2022

Satisfaction with (out of 5)

- midwifery care

- obstetric care

3

3

- quality of facilities

3

- overall birth experience

Outcomes

3

Induction of labour, Instrumental delivery (Vacuum extraction/Forceps)

Details of experience

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Birth location

Birth service name

Model of care

Birth date

Postcode

Reason for change of model of care if not first choice

Registered birth service (ie, hospital or birth centre)

Alice Springs Hospital

Mar 1, 2022

Satisfaction with (out of 5)

- midwifery care

- obstetric care

- quality of facilities

- overall birth experience

Outcomes

3

Birth before arrival at hospital

Details of experience

Birth location

Birth service name

Model of care

Birth date

Postcode

Reason for change of model of care if not first choice

At home with a publicly funded birth service (Note: Select the hospital the birth service operates from under "Birth Service" below.)

Armidale Rural Referral Hospital

Team of midwives where you see anyone from the team each time you visit (Team Midwifery)

Mar 2, 2022

Satisfaction with (out of 5)

- midwifery care

- obstetric care

3

3

- quality of facilities

3

- overall birth experience

Outcomes

3

Birth before arrival at hospital

Details of experience

Good home birth

Birth location

Birth service name

Model of care

Birth date

Postcode

Reason for change of model of care if not first choice

At a registered birth service (ie, hospital or birth centre)

Bankstown Lidcombe Hospital

Obstetrician clinic (where you see anyone from the team each time you visit)

Jun 2, 2022

They said I had risks

Satisfaction with (out of 5)

- midwifery care

- obstetric care

2

2

- quality of facilities

2

- overall birth experience

Outcomes

3

Induction of labour, Epidural

Details of experience

Everyone was nice enough but I didn't know any of them so had to keep repeating my story.

Birth location

Birth service name

Model of care

Birth date

Postcode

Reason for change of model of care if not first choice

At home with a registered private midwife

Belmont Hospital

Not applicable (freebirth)

Jun 1, 2022

2479

because they risked me out

Satisfaction with (out of 5)

- midwifery care

- obstetric care

3

2

- quality of facilities

3

- overall birth experience

Outcomes

3

Induction of labour, Normal vaginal birth

Details of experience

It was OK, not my original plan but it all worked out in the end.

Birth location

Birth service name

Model of care

Birth date

Postcode

Reason for change of model of care if not first choice

Registered birth service (ie, hospital or birth centre)

Belmont Hospital

Continuity of care with a primary midwife (Midwifery Group Practice)

Mar 7, 2022

Satisfaction with (out of 5)

- midwifery care

- obstetric care

2

2

- quality of facilities

2

- overall birth experience

Outcomes

3

Induction of labour, Epidural

Details of experience

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