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Birth Reflections @ the RUH

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that will give you more information about the Birth Reflections service:

The Birth reflections service is a confidential midwife-run service. It provides women and their birth partners the opportunity to share and reflect on their birth experience.

Women are encouraged to talk through their experiences while they are still in hospital however many find they need time at home adjusting to family life before being able to reflect upon their experience. A birth reflection session can help to obtain a greater understanding of events surrounding the birth; why possible intervention was necessary and any possible implications for future birth.

Your birth experience is a unique and personal journey and for some women and birth partners a reflective conversation about the events surrounding birth can help to bring some clarity, understanding and hopefully resolve any unanswered question.

At present we are able to offer 50 minute telephone appointments. When it is safe to do so, face to face appointments will be offered in the RUH.

Yes you can, as long as you are booked to have a subsequent baby with us. You will need to request your notes yourself from the hospital where you had your baby so that they are available to the team in time for your appointment. Please contact the hospital where you birthed to request a copy of your notes.

During the pandemic your appointment will be via telephone so please make sure we have your best contact number. It may be worth ensuring you can be somewhere quiet and that your partner can join using the speakerphone setting.

We cannot offer appointments until your baby is 3 months old as we will not be able access your notes. Please wait until your baby is 3 months old before requesting an appointment.

Please send an email to with your full name, date of birth, postcode, your baby's date of birth and your best contact number. We will call you from a withheld number within 3 weeks to book in your 50 minute telephone appointment. Please let us know in your email if you are happy for us to leave a message on your answer machine.

We are a small team working 1-2 days per week for Birth Reflections; therefore it may take up to 3 weeks before we can call to offer you an appointment. The appointment may be several weeks after that phone call. If you are pregnant again or are concerned that this may be too long to wait please give us as much information as possible in your email and we will prioritise your appointment.

Birth Reflections offers appointments on different days of the week including Saturdays.

So that we can offer you appointment to someone else, we would be grateful if you would contact us as soon as possible to cancel or rearrange your appointment. Please email us at or call 07872 696165.

While we are offering telephone appointments you are welcome to use your speaker phone to include your birth partner.

If your birth was in the RUH then we will request your notes so you just need to answer your phone. If you birth was in another hospital and you have requested a copy of your notes, please could you email a copy to

It is often useful to write down the questions you have prior to your appointment.

Your feedback

Birth Reflections is a confidential service. If however there is positive feedback about an individual's care, we ask your permission to share that with the individual and/or teams involved. The maternity services at the RUH are always looking for ways to improve care and family experience therefore Birth Reflections collate common themes that can be shared with the relevant teams and develop the service.

We hope this information was helpful and we look forward to meeting you.

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