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22nd December 2021


I gave birth on October 6th 2021 at delivery suite. I didn’t think my birth preferences were taken into account of and felt like the reasons for my interventionist birth were not explained to me at the time, after the event or in the notes. Whilst I accept the doctors and nurses are very busy, and sometimes cannot explain what’s happening at the time, it would have been kind for one of the many many professionals at my delivery to explain why they went in with instruments after my husband and I said three times we didn’t want it, and after I had been promised I’d be allowed to finish pushing


1. Clear communication before delivery 2. Clearer explanations of why you’re taking the actions you’re taking at the time of intervention (eg baby’s heart rate has dropped, you’re losing blood) not just “we are going in with the ventouse” 3. Someone (doesn’t have to be the busy consultant) explaining why things happened the way they did if they were rushed for a good reason 4. No scare tactics. I kept being warned about c-section and a need to go to theatre 5. Consistent clear instructions - multiple different people giving conflicting advice on pushing and breathing 6. Clearer reasoning in maternity notes so that post-event in a birth debrief these can be understood.

Experience
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Dignity/Respect
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Involvement
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Information
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Cleanliness
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Staff
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