"Birthing experience"

About: Broome Health Campus / Maternity/Midwifery

(as the patient),

I recently gave birth at Broome hospital. I really loved the MGP program. My midwife, Jo was fantastic, as were all the other midwives I met either pre or post-birth.

I particularly liked that the midwives were able to do home visits. Also that Jo was called when I was in labour even though she wasn't working that night/morning. I felt so comforted when I saw her walk through the door as I had already formed a relationship with her and trusted that she knew what I wanted.

I also really appreciated my interaction with the obstetrician, Ruth. She made me feel like my birth plan was valued and that it was important to be on the same page about different things that might come up during the labour. She spoke to me in a gentle, respectful and understanding way. 

For me, being in the warm water of the bath was the most effective pain relief (I didn't use any other form of pain relief during labour/birth), although, in my opinion, it would be fantastic if there was a bigger free-standing bath designed for labour. Taking into consideration different positions women may want to get into during labour and some soft padding for their knees. It would be even more amazing if there was the option to birth in the water. Waterbirth options would make a huge difference for me in deciding to birth at Broome hospital again.

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Response from Wendy McKinley, Operations Manager, Broome Hospital 3 months ago
We are preparing to make a change
Wendy McKinley
Operations Manager,
Broome Hospital
Submitted on 08/07/2020 at 09:43
Published on Care Opinion at 10:04


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Dear mother feedback,

Thank you for your post. I do appreciate that you took the time to give us your feedback and I'd like to apologise for taking so long to respond to you.

It is always warming to hear about the great work our teams do in caring for our community. They are skilled, committed, compassionate and strong in their voice and seeing this reflected in the patient experience is really fantastic.

I will let both Jo and Ruth know that you valued their approach and be sure to acknowledge them personally.

In relation to your comments about immersion for pain relief and water birth options, I can let you know that we have secured funding to upgrade our birth suites and we are in the early stages of planning. I know personally of the benefit of warm water in pain relief during childbirth and we are certainly incorporating water immersion facilities in the design.

Thank you, again, mother feedback. I hope you are enjoying your newfound motherhood and that you and your baby are doing well.

Sincerely,

Wendy

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