April M. Bullock, CPM

★★★☆☆
  • 605 West Saint Johns Avenue

    Austin, TX 78752

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  • 512-374-9592

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MY BABY DIED
This is so hard for me to write and I cannot include every little detail. I am sorry I have not written a review sooner, but back in 2007 there werent very many of these reviews sites around and I wasnt a big internet user back then either.

April was my midwife in 2007 when I was pregnant with my second baby. I was hoping to have a VBAC birth. During my 23 hour long labor April was not with me most of the time, her assistant Heather Hilton was assisting me. Which I now know is against the law.
Also, for most of that time during labor my babys heart rate was over 160, which I now know is not normal and a sign of stress. Also, I was 13 days past my due date and when my water broke at the birthing center, the assistant was with me and she missed meconium in the amniotic fluid. (And there was A LOT of meconium in the amniotic fluid, so much so my babys skin was stained so bad we couldnt wash it off while she was in the NICU.) On a Friday in July 2007 at around 4:00pm I had been laboring for 23 hours and my babys heart rate dropped to 80-90, and it had been 45min to an HOUR since Heather had last checked her heart rate. At this point Heather went and got April. They put me on oxygen, and turned me on my left side which got her heart rate up to around 100-110 and she decided we needed to go to St. Davids. Then they proceed to pack-up all the stuff we brought and load up my Yukon, then April didnt even ride with us, the assistant did, and they put me sitting up front in passenger seat. Heather was in the back seat and we asked which way to go to the hospital and she told us, very uncertainly, to go on I-35. Which of course at that time of day it was totally at a stand still. So, we head onto the service road. IT TAKES US 20 MINUTES TO GET TO THE HOSPITAL. Its supposed to be a 5 min drive from the birthing center to St. Davids Main. Also, along the way April calls Heather and asks her to take the babys heart rate, which of course she cant do because she is the back seat and I am in the front. It was a portable heart rate monitor, if she had given it to me I could have taken the heart rate or she could have leaned over the seat and tried. Once I finally got to the hospital my babys heart rate was down to 30 so they rushed me into the OR and they performed an emergency c-section (they got the baby out in 5 min) but by that time her heart had stopped and she could not breathe because of the meconium she had swallowed and it was blocking her air ways. They rushed her to NICU and worked on her for 9 minutes and got a heart rate and incubated her, but by that time the damage was done. After 4 days in NICU and lots of tests, consultations, seizures, loss of blood pressure, and prayers and tears we decided to take her off the machines. She was in my arms gasping every time she took a breath which got slower and slower and took a very a long time as her skin turned white and her lips purple and her hands turned cold until she stopped and the doctor pronounced her dead.

So many things that I think April should have done but did not:
1.April should have been in the room with me the whole time.
2.April should have caught the meconium in the anionic fluid.
3.April should have seen from the babys heart rate she was under duress.
4.April should have ridden in the vehicle with me and there should have been some *urgency* in this process.
5.April should have put me lying on left side on the trip to the hospital (or have called an ambulance!)

And this is the part that is so unbelievable to me: April assured me, repeatedly, during my prenatal visits that she could get me to the hospital in 5 min, she knew the back roads if I-35 was blocked she said. I asked almost every visit because it made me a little nervous being 5 min away even though this was my decision to try for a VBAC with a midwife. My husband once asked her Ok, a bomb just blew-up I-35 between the birthing center and the hospital. You can still get us to the hospital in 5 min? and April said, Yes.

I was a healthy mother, age 33, and my baby during my pregnancy was healthy too. I have since had 2 other children via c-section that were perfect in every way. Please choose another mid-wife for your baby and for you.

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MY BABY DIED
This is so hard for me to write and I cannot include every little detail. I am sorry I have not written a review sooner, but back in 2007 there werent very many of these reviews sites around and I wasnt a big internet user back then either.

April was my midwife in 2007 when I was pregnant with my second baby. I was hoping to have a VBAC birth. During my 23 hour long labor April was not with me most of the time, her assistant Heather Hilton was assisting me. Which I now know is against the law.
Also, for most of that time during labor my babys heart rate was over 160, which I now know is not normal and a sign of stress. Also, I was 13 days past my due date and when my water broke at the birthing center, the assistant was with me and she missed meconium in the amniotic fluid. (And there was A LOT of meconium in the amniotic fluid, so much so my babys skin was stained so bad we couldnt wash it off while she was in the NICU.) On a Friday in July 2007 at around 4:00pm I had been laboring for 23 hours and my babys heart rate dropped to 80-90, and it had been 45min to an HOUR since Heather had last checked her heart rate. At this point Heather went and got April. They put me on oxygen, and turned me on my left side which got her heart rate up to around 100-110 and she decided we needed to go to St. Davids. Then they proceed to pack-up all the stuff we brought and load up my Yukon, then April didnt even ride with us, the assistant did, and they put me sitting up front in passenger seat. Heather was in the back seat and we asked which way to go to the hospital and she told us, very uncertainly, to go on I-35. Which of course at that time of day it was totally at a stand still. So, we head onto the service road. IT TAKES US 20 MINUTES TO GET TO THE HOSPITAL. Its supposed to be a 5 min drive from the birthing center to St. Davids Main. Also, along the way April calls Heather and asks her to take the babys heart rate, which of course she cant do because she is the back seat and I am in the front. It was a portable heart rate monitor, if she had given it to me I could have taken the heart rate or she could have leaned over the seat and tried. Once I finally got to the hospital my babys heart rate was down to 30 so they rushed me into the OR and they performed an emergency c-section (they got the baby out in 5 min) but by that time her heart had stopped and she could not breathe because of the meconium she had swallowed and it was blocking her air ways. They rushed her to NICU and worked on her for 9 minutes and got a heart rate and incubated her, but by that time the damage was done. After 4 days in NICU and lots of tests, consultations, seizures, loss of blood pressure, and prayers and tears we decided to take her off the machines. She was in my arms gasping every time she took a breath which got slower and slower and took a very a long time as her skin turned white and her lips purple and her hands turned cold until she stopped and the doctor pronounced her dead.

So many things that I think April should have done but did not:
1.April should have been in the room with me the whole time.
2.April should have caught the meconium in the anionic fluid.
3.April should have seen from the babys heart rate she was under duress.
4.April should have ridden in the vehicle with me and there should have been some *urgency* in this process.
5.April should have put me lying on left side on the trip to the hospital (or have called an ambulance!)

And this is the part that is so unbelievable to me: April assured me, repeatedly, during my prenatal visits that she could get me to the hospital in 5 min, she knew the back roads if I-35 was blocked she said. I asked almost every visit because it made me a little nervous being 5 min away even though this was my decision to try for a VBAC with a midwife. My husband once asked her Ok, a bomb just blew-up I-35 between the birthing center and the hospital. You can still get us to the hospital in 5 min? and April said, Yes.

I was a healthy mother, age 33, and my baby during my pregnancy was healthy too. I have since had 2 other children via c-section that were perfect in every way. Please choose another mid-wife for your baby and for you.

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April made the birth of my first and only child a very upsetting experience. During early stages of labor she was not present with me and not warm when she was present. I found myself thinking "is she mad at me? why is she treating me like this?" Then we had some complications and she became frantic and scattered. We went to the hospital and it turned out to be something simple. In the hospital she was supposed to be my doula but all she did was join the nurses in shouting "PUSH! YOU CAN DO IT! PUSH HARDER! C'MON!" which was just crazy because she knew that's not how I wanted to labor, with six people all standing around yelling at me. She is not well-suited for this profession. I don't know why she does it.

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April made the birth of my first and only child a very upsetting experience. During early stages of labor she was not present with me and not warm when she was present. I found myself thinking "is she mad at me? why is she treating me like this?" Then we had some complications and she became frantic and scattered. We went to the hospital and it turned out to be something simple. In the hospital she was supposed to be my doula but all she did was join the nurses in shouting "PUSH! YOU CAN DO IT! PUSH HARDER! C'MON!" which was just crazy because she knew that's not how I wanted to labor, with six people all standing around yelling at me. She is not well-suited for this profession. I don't know why she does it.

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April Bullock is dangerous and should be avoided! I barely escaped with my life.

The list of ways in which April was negligent is long so I'm including the short version here.

April sat on the floor in my bedroom while I was in labor and couldn't be bothered to offer a word of encouragement or anything else useful.

Although she had plenty of notice (20 hour labor), she never managed to get a pair of gloves on when my baby was born. My husband had to get her up off the floor by saying "I can see his head!"

She performed cord traction when there was a problem with the placenta which is sometimes done but she didn't inform or better yet ask me if it was ok. Later she admitted that she may have pulled too hard.

Which leads us to...she didn't notice an entire placental lobe left in my uterus. She put me in an herbal bath with my cervix still open and placenta still in my uterus. When I spiked a fever the next night, she acted like we were such a bother and told me and my husband it was probably just the flu.

The rest of the story goes like this... I wound up with sepsis in intensive care fighting for my life while my husband took care of our newborn and four other kids. My mom and sisters stayed with me around the clock but April once again couldn't be bothered to go to the hospital. She told my husband another mom might go into labor at any time so she couldn't go to the hospital. My temperature was 105, my BP was 80/50 and my heart rate was skyrocketing. Doctors were shocked that I made it. They had already sent in the special hospital nurses who are trained to prepare the family for a patient's death. There is so much more to it but it's still really tough to re-live.

My kids have a mom today but it's no thanks to April Bullock. Her negligence nearly killed me and it all could have been prevented. When we got the placenta out of our fridge for further examination, it was clear that there were extra membranes and vessels leading to something (like the placental lobe that was left behind). April even noted "trailing membranes" in my file. An ultrasound would have confirmed that and immediate removal would have prevented septic shock and the complete hell that I and my family went through.

There are so many more details that I didn't include in this review. Please just know that April seems nice and even competent in an interview and prenatal visits but becomes a completely different person at the birth. She lacks competence and compassion so please don't risk your life by using her. I've had 2 other beautiful home births with a midwife that has since retired. I am hoping that every mom who wants a peaceful, serene and safe birth at home or in a birth center and googles austin midwife will read this review and know that she can have a wonderful birth with a competent and caring midwife. I know homebirth is safe but April Bullock is not!

By the way, in case you're wondering, my sweet baby is now 14 months and doing fine despite starting out with no mommy and a barely there mommy for his first few months. My 13 year old is terrified of birth and my other 3 kids are still recovering from the terrifying trauma they endured. We will all heal eventually and hope that no one else ever suffers like we did.

Latest Update: The midwifery board finally heard my case and determined her license was placed on probated suspension for 6 months and the board determined that she must refund $1000 to me as well as revising her protocols and charting procedures. I have had two other safe and beautiful homebirths with a wonderful midwife. I believe in midwifery and homebirth but April is a disgrace to the profession. If you are considering a homebirth, please do not be fooled by April Bullock or Jaymie Moore. Keep looking and find the competent and caring midwife that you and your baby deserve.

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April Bullock is dangerous and should be avoided! I barely escaped with my life.

The list of ways in which April was negligent is long so I'm including the short version here.

April sat on the floor in my bedroom while I was in labor and couldn't be bothered to offer a word of encouragement or anything else useful.

Although she had plenty of notice (20 hour labor), she never managed to get a pair of gloves on when my baby was born. My husband had to get her up off the floor by saying "I can see his head!"

She performed cord traction when there was a problem with the placenta which is sometimes done but she didn't inform or better yet ask me if it was ok. Later she admitted that she may have pulled too hard.

Which leads us to...she didn't notice an entire placental lobe left in my uterus. She put me in an herbal bath with my cervix still open and placenta still in my uterus. When I spiked a fever the next night, she acted like we were such a bother and told me and my husband it was probably just the flu.

The rest of the story goes like this... I wound up with sepsis in intensive care fighting for my life while my husband took care of our newborn and four other kids. My mom and sisters stayed with me around the clock but April once again couldn't be bothered to go to the hospital. She told my husband another mom might go into labor at any time so she couldn't go to the hospital. My temperature was 105, my BP was 80/50 and my heart rate was skyrocketing. Doctors were shocked that I made it. They had already sent in the special hospital nurses who are trained to prepare the family for a patient's death. There is so much more to it but it's still really tough to re-live.

My kids have a mom today but it's no thanks to April Bullock. Her negligence nearly killed me and it all could have been prevented. When we got the placenta out of our fridge for further examination, it was clear that there were extra membranes and vessels leading to something (like the placental lobe that was left behind). April even noted "trailing membranes" in my file. An ultrasound would have confirmed that and immediate removal would have prevented septic shock and the complete hell that I and my family went through.

There are so many more details that I didn't include in this review. Please just know that April seems nice and even competent in an interview and prenatal visits but becomes a completely different person at the birth. She lacks competence and compassion so please don't risk your life by using her. I've had 2 other beautiful home births with a midwife that has since retired. I am hoping that every mom who wants a peaceful, serene and safe birth at home or in a birth center and googles austin midwife will read this review and know that she can have a wonderful birth with a competent and caring midwife. I know homebirth is safe but April Bullock is not!

By the way, in case you're wondering, my sweet baby is now 14 months and doing fine despite starting out with no mommy and a barely there mommy for his first few months. My 13 year old is terrified of birth and my other 3 kids are still recovering from the terrifying trauma they endured. We will all heal eventually and hope that no one else ever suffers like we did.

Latest Update: The midwifery board finally heard my case and determined her license was placed on probated suspension for 6 months and the board determined that she must refund $1000 to me as well as revising her protocols and charting procedures. I have had two other safe and beautiful homebirths with a wonderful midwife. I believe in midwifery and homebirth but April is a disgrace to the profession. If you are considering a homebirth, please do not be fooled by April Bullock or Jaymie Moore. Keep looking and find the competent and caring midwife that you and your baby deserve.

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This place is in combination with East West Family Health... they offer midwifery services, acupuncture, massage therapy, doula work, etc. It's a great community resource and a great place for moms! They have a 'You're worth it mama Wednesdays' with free child care...check it out!

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This place is in combination with East West Family Health... they offer midwifery services, acupuncture, massage therapy, doula work, etc. It's a great community resource and a great place for moms! They have a 'You're worth it mama Wednesdays' with free child care...check it out!

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I first went to an obstetrician, but found the attention and quality of care that I received with April much more thorough than the obstetrician. Each prenatal visit is an hour where we really had time to discuss in depth nutrition and health and other aspects of the pregnancy. I liked that I had such a knowledgeable resource available to me versus depending on babycenter.com or a website like that for information. The birthing center is intimate and I loved the experience. I will definitely deliver all future babies with April at Birthwise.

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I first went to an obstetrician, but found the attention and quality of care that I received with April much more thorough than the obstetrician. Each prenatal visit is an hour where we really had time to discuss in depth nutrition and health and other aspects of the pregnancy. I liked that I had such a knowledgeable resource available to me versus depending on babycenter.com or a website like that for information. The birthing center is intimate and I loved the experience. I will definitely deliver all future babies with April at Birthwise.

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April was a fantastic midwife, very caring, understanding, smart, trustworthy, etc. I had no complaints. She delivered both of my children with flying colors. I had a few problems during pregnancy and birth, but she helped me work through them. She encouraged me to eat healthier and if it wasn't for her, I would probably be eating all the junk food in the world. I definitely give my recommendation.

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April was a fantastic midwife, very caring, understanding, smart, trustworthy, etc. I had no complaints. She delivered both of my children with flying colors. I had a few problems during pregnancy and birth, but she helped me work through them. She encouraged me to eat healthier and if it wasn't for her, I would probably be eating all the junk food in the world. I definitely give my recommendation.

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