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"Community Midwifery Program - Homebirth, amazing!"

About: King Edward Memorial Hospital / Community Midwifery Program King Edward Memorial Hospital / Family Birth Centre

(as the patient),

I had my first child through KEMH family birth centre (FBC) and was so grateful for the continuity of care we received. Our midwives were highly trained, trusted and supportive. We had an amazing birth of the FBC, however, I was not impressed with some of the care we received up in King Edwards hospital post-birth. We had some great medical staff, but others were very dismissive and invasive. They seemed to be blinded to a low-risk birth because I believe they are so used to seeing higher risk, and unfortunately lead to a mostly unpleasant experience. I do recognise that they are absolutely fantastic at high-risk births and some staff members were amazing, but our experience was a little different.

For my second pregnancy, I decided I would like the same model of care but didn't want to have the long drive to the birth centre (around 30 mins) for pregnancy appointments and honestly felt anxious about King Eddy's hospital so wanted to avoid it as much as possible - so going through the CMP would suit our needs more. Again, the midwives were fantastic! An amazing model of care which is supportive, safe (evidence-based) and great outcomes (physically and emotionally) for the mother & baby. Safety was discussed at appointments, risk factors were always ruled out, and backup plans were discussed as things don't always go to plan. We trusted our midwives' experience and intuition which put our family at ease. We had a calm, relaxed safe home birth and I couldn't be more happier and feel more proud of myself.

Some people call it 'luck', the more educated understand it is the series of choices you make during your pregnancy, the continuity of care, the place of birth you're comfortable with, the acceptance of change if needed etc I believe that all helps towards this type of birth experience. In my home birth, there were no pressures, no bullying for unnecessary interventions, no worry - everything that a natural birth is supposed to be. Homebirths should always remain a choice for families in Australia, as long as guidelines are followed and there are minimal or no risk factors. I will continue to recommend the CMP and homebirths (if applicable) to other pregnant women, as I want this exceptional service to continue. 

We had Michelle and Aisla from the CMP south region, SO professional, caring and supportive.

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Response from Jodi Graham, Executive Director, Women and Newborn Health Service last week
Jodi Graham
Executive Director,
Women and Newborn Health Service
Submitted on 01/12/2021 at 18:51
Published on Care Opinion on 02/12/2021 at 09:39

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Dear Willowonelove,

Congratulations on the birth of your second child and thank you for your feedback on the Care Opinion Australia site. We are always interested in hearing from our patients about their experience with our service and I am glad you had a positive experience when under the care of Michelle and Aisla from the Community Midwifery Programme.

I am sorry to read your previous experience at King Edward Memorial Hospital for the birth of your first child was unpleasant. The Women and Newborn Health Service (WNHS) strives to provide a safe environment where patients are encouraged to feel comfortable to advocate for their health and the health of their baby and I am sorry that some of the staff caring for you during that time were dismissive and invasive. It is the expectation of our service that our staff and our patients make well-informed decisions as a team so the best health care can be provided, no matter if it is for a high or low-risk pregnancy. We rely on feedback such as yours to ensure we make the best decisions for our patients and the community so we thank you for your comments.

I hope you are recovering well and are enjoying your time with your children. I will be sure to send special thanks to Michelle and Aisla from the Community Midwifery Programme.

Yours sincerely,

Jodi Graham

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