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"C/S Experience at Karratha Health Campus"

About: Karratha Health Campus / Maternity Unit Karratha Health Campus / Surgical Services

(as the patient),

Positive experience! Elective C/S at Karratha Hospital.

I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to do the C/S Hypnobirthing course after we had a last minute change in plans. It really helped and the Karratha team was so supportive - especially Deb & Michael (the DMO & anaesthetist). By Friday morning a few weeks ago, instead of dreading having to have a C/S, my mindset had changed to looking forward to meeting my little girl.

I was really looking forward to another vaginal delivery & implementing the hypnobirthing strategies so when it was recommended a C/S would be the safest option, I was devastated.

Although I couldn't have a maternal assisted delivery, the did everything they could to accommodate my other birthing preferences which I felt empowered to ask for after doing the course - otherwise I would have had no idea I could have asked for the requests.

- My partner with me the whole process (prep, spinal block insertion, surgery +recovery).

- Headphones and my own music during the spinal block. (was very anxious about this due to a painful previous insertion experience with an epidural),

- My own music on speaker during the whole delivery & stitching.

- Out of the way placement of monitoring on my chest.

- The anaesthetist physically assisted me upright to see my girl being born, drapes dropped for delivery.

- Immediate skin on skin (she came out crying & perfectly healthy!). She wasn't washed or weighed immediately

- space blanket for warmth for skin on skin instead of wrapped in a towel. Monitoring was done with her on me.

- Early breastfeeding.

- My partner able to take photos. The anaesthetic nurse also took some photos of my husband and little girl which was so special.

Thanks again for providing the course and thanks to KHC for facilitating my preferences as best they could. 


Response from Lisa Smith, A/Operations Manager, Inland Pilbara, WA Country Health Service (WACHS) Pilbara 2 weeks ago
Lisa Smith
A/Operations Manager, Inland Pilbara,
WA Country Health Service (WACHS) Pilbara
Submitted on 29/04/2021 at 19:01
Published on Care Opinion on 30/04/2021 at 08:53

Dear Empowered mumma,

Thank you for taking the time to provide such lovely and thoughtful feedback regarding your birthing experience at Karratha Health Campus. I’m so glad the maternity team were able to provide such a positive and supportive experience for you, your partner and baby girl. I’m also very pleased to know the combination of the maternity team’s support and attending the C-Section Hypnotherapy classes were empowering and informative, enabling your change of mindset in such a positive way, and so that you felt you could have input and control of your preferences to create a nurturing and personalised environment.

I will personally congratulate the maternity team, in particular Deb and Michael, for the compassionate and professional care they demonstrated throughout your birthing experience. I wish you, your family – particularly the beautiful recent addition, all the very best.

Kind regards

Lisa Smith

A/Operations Manager Inland & West Pilbara

WA Country Health Service (WACHS) Pilbara

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