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"A healing experience with the CMP"

About: King Edward Memorial Hospital / Community Midwifery Program

(as the patient),

I would like to thank the absolutely amazing team at CMP for assisting me through the pregnancy and birth of my second and third babies.

I had an emergency caesarean for my first, and with the support of some particular midwives (Sam, Carly) I felt confident enough to make the hard decisions needed to achieve a VBAC second time around.

When everything seemed like it was going wrong, I saw Sam as I was walking around the ward and she never gave up hope, just kept offering helpful suggestions.

They were so supportive and calm and just had a common-sense approach to birth. The third time around was even better with Sam, again, giving me amazing advice, Steph who I saw for appointments and then Carly and Sarah during labour.

Such a healing process after the trauma of my first birth at a different health service, where I saw a different person at every single appointment and felt absolutely no care. I was even told by one of the doctors that my pelvis was too small to give birth naturally and did I want to book a caesarean. After refusing, I went post dates and was induced, when I felt my body just wasn’t ready and I wasn’t given an option of delaying with increased monitoring, which through birthing with the CMP, I now know is possible. 

Thank you to the team at CMP - for restoring my confidence in the natural process of birth, helping me make peace with a horrible past experience by actually listening, and for offering an alternative pathway for pregnant women seeking a more caring and supportive environment for birth.

Please never stop funding this amazing program!


Response from Jodi Graham, Executive Director, Women and Newborn Health Service 2 weeks ago
Jodi Graham
Executive Director,
Women and Newborn Health Service
Submitted on 19/02/2021 at 18:58
Published on Care Opinion on 22/02/2021 at 10:42

picture of Jodi Graham

Dear bracegy97

Congratulations on the birth of your child, what an exciting time for you and your family! Thank you for spending the time to provide us with your lovely feedback.

I am pleased to hear your experience was a positive one and that you felt well supported by our Community Midwifery Program (CMP) team and informed about your care. It is pleasing to hear you were given the advice and confidence to achieve a Vaginal Birth after Caesarean (VBAC) following an emergency caesarean for the birth of your first child.

We are incredibly proud of our CMP team and the way they work with our patients to achieve positive outcomes during the pregnancy and birthing journey.

Thank you once again for providing your feedback. I will be sure to send your appreciative comments to Sam, Carly, Sarah, Steph and all the staff involved.

Once again, congratulations on the birth of your new baby. I wish you and your family all the best for the future.


Jodi Graham

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