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"Attempted VBAC"

About: King Edward Memorial Hospital / Maternity

(as the patient),

Backstory: I was pregnant with my second baby (a little boy) and was determined to have a successful but safe VBAC. I had a premature rupture of my membranes at 36 weeks and ended up with a week stay in at KEMH for monitoring while they got me to 37 weeks.

While I was staying on the wards I had a midwife, Shelley, who went above and beyond to try to make sure I knew and understood all my options. She presented ideas that I felt others had not presented to me. Having had a VBAC herself she understood and empathised with my position. She spent time chatting to me, supporting me and answering the endless questions I came up with.

The registrar (James) was another standout staff member who I am extremely grateful for. His attitude and bedside manner was second to none. He ensured I did not feel pressured into any decisions and never made me feel like a burden when I changed my mind multiple times. He was extremely empathetic and supportive and made sure I knew that he would support whichever decision I made. 

While I did not achieve my VBAC, I felt at peace with the need for a c-section thanks to Shelley as she helped explore all possible options and I knew that I had tried everything I could. James was there to make sure my decision was supported and for this I am grateful.

Based on my experience, both Shelley and James deserved some recognition for being amazing health care professionals. They both went above and beyond when it came to my stay. Thank you both!

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