"Maternity ward & midwives superb."

About: Sunderland Royal Hospital

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I have birth to my daughter, Josie, in Sunderland Royal hospital last month and could not be happier with our experience. The midwives were all warm, reassuring & helpful. When we had decisions to make we were given all the information we needed to make those calls ourselves rather than being directed along a path we weren't comfortable with. The facilities were excellent. I could have had access to a birthing pool if I'd so chosen but decided to stay in the great en suite room for the birth. Having the same room for the duration of our stay (about 40 hours) and not having to leave to go on a ward after my baby was born was such a comfort. It gave me time to recover and get to know my baby & start learning how to care for her. The midwives were invaluable here too- having them on hand was a great help and they seemed very happy to give support & advice. We also had access to breastfeeding support, which was very good. All in all, I had exactly the kind of birth experience I wanted and I really credit the midwives for that- along with my husband, the midwives encouraged and cajoled me throughout the labour so that I got through it without intervention or drugs. I will always be very grateful for such a positive experience. Thank you!

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Response from Sunderland Royal Hospital

Firstly, congratulations on the birth of your daughter. We hope you are enjoying those precious early weeks with your daughter. It was extremely kind of you to take the time (particularly as we know how busy you will be at the moment) to leave such positive feedback regarding your stay on the Maternity Unit. It was a delight to read your comments and we are pleased that you were able to have the birth experience you had wished for. We will share your comment with the staff on the unit who will be greatly encouraged that their efforts have been appreciated. Thank you once again.

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