Birth Reflections are for women who want to discuss the events surrounding their labour and delivery. It might be that you are unhappy about the care you have received or you have questions about why certain things happened during your labour and/or delivery. It could be that you don’t understand why certain procedures were done or you just want to be reassured that your care was appropriate. In some cases, women are told how ‘perfect’ their delivery was, yet they don’t feel that it was. These feelings can stay with women for years; sometimes they are so great, they can prevent women wanting another pregnancy.
My aim is to enable you to gain some clarity regarding your birth experience by discussing what happened, trying to address any gaps you may have and, if appropriate, think about any potential future pregnancy. The advantage of having a Birth Reflection with me is that I can offer an impartial point of view. We can talk through your labour and delivery at your own pace and address the issues you have.
The Birth Reflection will take place in the comfort of your home at a time and date that suits you. This service is open to all women of all ages and it doesn’t matter how long it has been since you gave birth.
You can request a copy of your hospital notes. Most hospitals will charge a small fee for this. Maternity departments are required by law to keep records for 25 years. To find out how to request this, go to your hospitals website and look under the freedom of information section. If you can’t find it, contact the ‘Patient Advice and Liaison Service’ (PALS) for further advice.
If you would like more information or wish to book a birth reflections session, please get in touch