"Giving birth to my daughter"

About: Derriford Hospital / Maternity care

(as the patient),

I was in labour for 42 hours, the doctors, nursers and midwives were very kind, and extremely helpful. They gave me all the pain relief I asked for without making me feel guilty for wanting it. I gave birth naturally (eventually! ! ) and my daughter was healthy and happy.

I lost a lot of blood and had suspected sepsis. I was given the best care, and after care. I wasn't allowed home until they knew the infection had definitely been tackled, and although I wasn't happy at being stuck in hospital at the time, I am grateful now that they were thorough and made sure everything was ok before allowing me and my baby home.

The midwives that took care of me and my new baby were amazing, despite being completely over worked. The poor ladies didn't stop, always going above and beyond their call of duty to ensure the best care was given. As did the doctors who continually came to check my progress and just check to see how I was feeling.

No one enjoys being hospital, but the people who cared for me made my stay in hospital bearable.

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Response from Mary Anderson, Senior Quality Facilitator, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear dml1990

Thank you for sharing your experience on Patient Opinion and may I firstly offer congratulations on the birth of your daughter. I am grateful to you for taking the time and trouble to thank the staff who supported you throughout labour, delivery and aftercare and it is pleasing to note that their support made a difficult time more bearable for you.

I know your feedback will be a tremendous boost for the staff within the Maternity/Obstetric Department and I will ensure they receive this message. May I thank you on their behalf.

Best wishes


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