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"My unmedicated water birth"

About: King Edward Memorial Hospital / Community Midwifery Program King Edward Memorial Hospital / Maternity

(as the patient),

I genuinely didn’t know it could feel this good. I had attended every appointment, online course and listened to 100 stories but if you had told me this was going to be my birth story I wouldn’t have believed you. 

After weeks of yoga, walking and night time meditation I was still pregnant and at 41 weeks and 3 days I was preparing my mind for an induction the next day. Thankfully, my baby and my body had other ideas. At 41 and 4 days I went into spontaneous labour. With very regular contractions beginning at 3am I knew it wouldn’t be long and called my amazing midwife from KEMH MGP5 Sarah. She reassured and advised us beautifully, I felt safe and supported.

We arrived at hospital around 7am to a room that could cater the birthing pool we had hired for my dream water birth. As my husband and Sarah set up the birth pool I knew this was a lucky day, as not every room can cater to this incredible pain relief approach. I breathed methodically through each contractions as I had studied in my hypnobirthing videos and took relief over the course of the first hours from a tens machine, the hottest shower and my wonderful husband. After several hours I transitioned into the birthing pool. Sarah and the student midwife Hannah reassured both myself and my husband. After an hour or so we were informed that Sarah was going to break my waters. Once they were broken the strength of the contractions and urge to push took over. In just under an hour I had birthed my beautiful baby boy and was holding him in my arms.

I had the best birth experience I could have imagined but don’t get me wrong, it hurt like hell! But I know that choosing to go down the path of midwifery group practice was the best decision I could have made for both myself and my baby, in terms of prenatal care and postnatal recovery. I now see birth as positive, empowering and incredible, which is amazing in itself. Thank you so much to KEMH for providing this service and to Sarah for being my midwife and for providing a exemplary level of care. 


Response from Jodi Graham, Executive Director, Women and Newborn Health Service last month
Jodi Graham
Executive Director,
Women and Newborn Health Service
Submitted on 07/09/2021 at 17:29
Published on Care Opinion on 08/09/2021 at 08:33

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Dear velane63,

Congratulations on the birth of your baby boy and thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your experience with the Women and Newborn Health Service (WNHS).

I am so pleased to hear that you had a positive experience with the Midwifery Group Practice 5 (MGP5) team and that you were able to set up and use a birth pool in your allocated room in our Labour and Birth Suite. It is great to hear that with the guidance and support from your midwife Sarah, you were able to achieve the waterbirth you planned. We are incredibly proud of our MGP5 team and the way they work with our patients to achieve positive outcomes during the pregnancy and birthing journey. I will ensure your appreciative comments are sent to the staff involved.

I wish you, your husband and your baby boy all the best for the future.

Kind regards

Jodi Graham

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