I was consultant led at the Ulster 3 years ago due to high BMI but I had a very text book pregnancy so didn't really have much to do with the consultant. Saw him at booking in for scan and talk about tests for Downs (was over 35). i saw him every time I had a MW appointment at the hospital (only 3 times maybe as I was monitored at GPs between times) and he just checked over notes as there was nothing untoward that needed any more intervention. At one point he actually asked why I was there as my notes were so unremarkable! I did also have an appointment with an anaesthetist though to talk about pain relief options which seems to be something that only happens if you're consultant led. I found that really helpful.
However, my friend was also consultant led at the Ulster due to a previous traumatic delivery (different hospital). She found it valuable because she was able to discuss her concerns and her consultant was actually able to shed some light on what had gone wrong for her first time whereas the hospital concerned had been very dismissive of her. Consultant recommended a c-section for her if she wanted (which she did). Like with me, she saw the MW and consultant at each appointment and had a few extra scans because of her history.
Hi Athousandtrees, may I ask if your previous birth was in the RVH? I have had 3 births in the UHD, all midwife led. I used the new 'home from home' for the last one. Such an amazing space, fab midwives. It is important that you have the birth you want, but you have plenty of time. At your next appointment discuss everything with your midwife, tell her how you feel and don't be dismissed.
123 no it was in the Ulster. I was mw led up until the actual birth, when ds decided to arrive then changed his mind! My waters broke on the sat, I was induced on the Monday and eventually had him on Wednesday via forceps.
It was a really frightening experience. I worried that I'll be encouraged in to trying a vb again, and I'm not that assertive!
I've been consultant led at the Ulster twice due to gestational diabetes. I had two very good experiences and found the doctors and midwives to be excellent.
My consultant was female and I saw her personally 3 or 4 times during my second pregnancy as I had questions. The first time I think I always saw registrars or junior doctors at clinics.
I was told I couldn't use the home from home unit because I was having consultant led care but in the end I got to go there to deliver (there must have been no other room) but I wasn't allowed to stay there after the birth.
I did get a private room on the post natal ward both times - at least then you have a small chance of some sleep!