Birth Afterthoughts clinic

You have just left hospital with your new baby – and many challenges lie ahead.  The transition ahead of you can seem even more daunting if you have unresolved issues around your birth experience. It isn’t always easy to take in information given to you before you go home.

Labour and birth may have been different to expectations and plans you made during your pregnancy. There may have been need for interventions that you are having difficulty understanding or there may be lapses in memory and even traumatic feelings.

We don’t want you to feel that upon leaving hospital you are alone and have nowhere to turn – this is why we offer a Birth Afterthoughts service. You will have an opportunity to attend an hour long initial appointment with a qualified midwife in a comfortable setting, where you are able to discuss your birth experience, talking through the events and answering any questions that you may have.

The service is confidential and gives you an opportunity to reflect about your experience.  The aim of the service is to provide you with some clarity surrounding your personal journey. We will re visit your birth story and fill in any gaps, addressing some of the care given and the reason behind any intervention.  If further appointments are needed these can be arranged at the time along with information for other helpful services should you need them.

We will always listen without judgement and acknowledge your experience and feelings. Although confidential you are more than welcome to bring a partner or relative with you for support – we are more than happy to support your birth partner with their feelings and perceptions too.

If you would like to make an appointment please see the contacts below. We will be in touch with an appointment as soon as we can but would recommend that you wait until around 6-8 weeks after your birth to attend.

 

Email: birthafterthoughts@lthtr.nhs.uk

Telephone (answer machine): 01772 524485