Too-fast discharge from maternity unit at King’s

My sister-in-law was discharged from King’s within 12 hours of having her first baby. The room they were in was stripped down while they were still there. She had to be re-admitted a week later because of feeding problems. Taking the time to initiate breast-feeding my have prevented this.

Feederback

Fantastic care at Barrow in Furness maternity ward

I wanted to write to say what a fantastic job Barrow Maternity Ward are doing. I had my baby girl there in August and cannot use enough superlatives to describe the staff and midwives there – particularly Sandra (I do not have a surname unfortunately – agency worker from London) who delivered my daughter.

It is a crying shame that the Ward has received so much negative media attention as I am sure this impacts heavily on staff morale. This is why I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone there and I will certainly be singing your praises to anyone and everyone! Thank you!

LuuFoo

The birth of my son at South Tyneside Hospital

My son was born in this hospital 2 years ago; I have just discovered this website and felt I had to tell my story.

A week after my son was due my waters broke, I went to the delivery suite and was examined by a midwife, she said my waters had broken and I would be induced within 48 hours to prevent infection to me and the baby. She left the room and came back, said the head midwife didn’t think my waters had broke and to go home and come back on my planned day of induction if I still didn’t go into labour naturally, I never saw the head midwife she didn’t even come into the room I was in.

For a week I had regular contractions and dilated 3 cms, I was made to go in every day for a heart trace of the baby, every time they said I had a sleepy baby as his heart rate kept slowing, a consultant was called each time and said trace looks fine send her home. I would then hear the midwives whispering that they didn’t think the trace looked good.

On planned day of induction I was told there was no bed for me on the delivery suite, was taken to delivery next morning. The midwife I was given tried to break my waters, I told her they had all ready broke but she tried anyway, said oh there is no waters there!

I ended up having an emergency section, during the op the Anaesthetist was arguing with the some of the midwives telling them to shut up, they were also arguing in recovery.

The next morning I was on maternity ward, told to get up and go in shower, I was in agony and was shouted at by a midwife for been in so much pain as apparently she had a section and wasn’t in pain like I was. I was walked to shower then left. I couldn’t bend down to take surgical stockings off so had to call for help, was huffed and puffed at then left again

I was allowed home the next day, a week later after I’d had the staples removed I felt really unwell, I was shaking and my teeth were chattering, my husband said there was an awful smell and liquid was seeping out of my section wound

I was told to go to A&E. The staff on A&E were lovely. A Gynaecologist came to see me, she was also lovely, she touched my wound and it exploded. What seemed like litres and litres of puss went all over her, up the walls and on the floor, she said my abdomen had burst

I was taken back to maternity ward with my son and given 3 bags of blood and intravenous antibiotics. The next day 3 consultants and 2 junior doctors came to see me, they didn’t introduce themselves or say what they were going to do. A midwife was told to get forceps, and they whispered amongst themselves, a midwife was told to lift my stomach up (bit over overhang off pregnancy belly ) a junior doctor proceeded to rip open the part of my wound that had healed, I was offered no pain relief or told what they were doing, I was in absolute agony and screaming at them to stop touching me, they then all left the room

A few hours later a midwife and a auxiliary arrived and told me they needed to get the fluid out of me, this meant the midwife putting both of her hands on my abdomen and pushing as hard as she could, again this was extremely painful and I was crying out and asking her to stop, she didn’t, at this point my husband walked in and asked them what the hell they thought they were doing, she walked out with her head down. He went down to the staff room to ask what was going on but nobody seemed to know

After this my husband wouldn’t leave me and slept in the private room on a chair for a week, another consultant came to see me, said my wound had broken down and you could see my rectal sheath, he said my wound would have to heal from the inside out then it would have to be sown up again, a lovely midwife arranged for me to have a bottle of gas and air brought to me, I used this the 2 times a day the wound was cleaned and packed

A week later the consultant came back and said he would “fix ” me

I was taken into theatre and my wound was cleaned and repaired, I was in theatre for 4 hours

it was the worst experience of my life, the way I was treated was an utter disgrace.

anon1889

Traumatic birth made a lot worse by Airedale Hospital maternity service (1st baby)

Went into labour at home, waters broken so went to the delivery suite to be assessed after being put on a machine for monitoring for 30 mins I was send home and advised I needed to rest at home and that I was unlikely to give birth for another 12-24 hours. I was shocked as waters had broke and contractions were 5 mins apart.

I got home obviously in terrible pain and after only being home for 1 hour then gave birth without any paramedics or midwife support just the father to do the work of the NHS.

I then went via ambulance back to Airedale for assessment as did our beautiful new son and we were quickly moved into a private room on ward 21. This is where things went from bad to worse.

We called the buzzer numerous times only for midwifes to come 20 mins later. We started timing it after they never came in any urgency. Then the proud father went to complain at the desk, to be informed they didn’t know anyone was in room 3 and that they didn’t have anyone assigned to my room and thats why we hadn’t seen anyone all afternoon.

We then asked to be discharged, as were not getting anything from being there and it took them 4 hours to get the paperwork sorted. It was basically a traumatic experience of the nhs from start to finish. I would not recommend airedale on all counts. I will go as far to say I think that the parts we experienced are at breaking point and unsafe.

Tina Sparkle

Getting home to people that care.

What I liked

Getting home to people that care.

What could be improved

Being treated as a human, not a number or customer.

Anything else?

Firstly, i have 3 experiences at Medway.None of them were pleasurable.

1.Maternity ward(My wife left alone with baby wanting help whilst nurses made jokes and talked about who got off with who.)

2.Kidney stones operation. After spending 4 hours waiting in pain in Surgical Assessment Unit, transferred to a ward of people dying, spent 2 days in ward before being told i can just go home before demanding kidney stones be removed.

3.Mother in Law brought into medway with a bad back. Isn’t she in enough pain without being told she has to have a Lumbar puncture?Mum also acquired Pneumonia whilst in medway, was told she had not long to live and she was still moved to another ward without being told!

You have 2 types of care at medway:

one for under 50’s

and one you might not get out alive.

My advice is go private.

Mr Angry

Poor preparation with patients at Manor Hospital Maternity department

I am due to go for an elective surgery on monday and am still unsure what will happen and what I need to do despite already having my pre op. On at least 6 occassions I have asked all my questions, to midwifes, the consultanat and the lady doing the pre op to be told that I need to discuss everything on ward on Monday morning! I feel this is terrible.

This will be my third section so my questions are specific detailed ones, I have never had a section in the UK. To say that I was more comfortable in a hospital where I spoke little of the language is not a good sign!

I feel my care has been diabolical so far with computers not working, some midwifes not understanding the notes, every time I see a different student so at each appointment have been told to ask my questions to the pre op nurse. Get to the pre op and they can’t help me, tells me that everyone has gone home because its Friday!

The last thing I should be doing before entering the op room on Monday is trying to sort out with the paedeatrician all the injections my newborn needs in it’s first 24 hours, discussing the fact that I have had bad reactions to epidurals/ga and how I am meant to feed my child if like the other 2 times my milk never comes through.

I think this is shocking and I’m not looking forward to Monday morning!

moomins

Some experiences of Barratt Maternity Home

I concur with the story already listed…..staffing appears to be the biggest issue at this maternity home. I have had three children at the home over a 12 year period and I’m due to have my fourth later on this year.

I chose to go there rather than to Kettering, as it is familiar and I have struggled to hear a good report from Kettering.

I have had two c-sections and one normal delivery. My last pregnancy was complicated by an onset of pre-eclampsia so I had to stay 3 weeks before my sons birth and another week after that.

The midwives do care and have a good sense of humour. I felt better treated in my later pregnancies as I was older and had more experience, whereas I was seen as young and incompetent as a mother at 20 years old. The ward I stayed on had been refurbished since my first in 2000, and was secure and clean.

This time however I will prepare myself with shed loads of food, they just don’t provide portions sizeable enough for pregnant women who are obviously feeding for two. A friend of mind would bring in bags of food, just so I wouldn’t feel starved.

But saying that, I would definitely choose there than anywhere else. On a couple of occasions the nurses were sympathetic to the fact I had my blood pressure taken constantly through the night that they would cradle my son after feeding during the night to allow me some rest which was a Godsend when you don’t have your partner there for 12 hours at a time. I have stayed in both the private rooms and the bayed ward and can say that you can’t beat having your own privacy in a room, as most of the women on the ward spoke very little English so it can be lonely.

Knowledge is power, so go prepared, with snacks to last and Internet access to find out how to look after your newborn on line, cause quite frankly no one there has the time to help you…..sad but true! These women work tirelessly, due to staff numbers their expertise cannot be fully appreciated.

The experience was positive enough for me to consider a career in midwifery myself, so that’s saying something.

TCM4

Maternity ward

Maternity ward! Delivery ward! Assessment ward!

I was admited for induction after being 14days overdue, the midwives, health care ward staff, doctors were very caring, excellent! As a new 1time mommy i was scared but the support and care i got from the midwives on this ward was excellent, it showed how much the midwives enjoy what they are doing! The food and cleaning excellent! They was 1 midwife that stood out from everyone they were really nice to me, supported me. They even came to look.for me and to.check up on me and the baby whn i got moved upstairs on after delivery ward! I would 100% come back to give birth here again!

Rudo Mapfumo