"MBU"

The mother and baby unit is brilliant I stayed in 2012 shortly before the birth of my son and about 3 months after. To begin with its a scary place and everyone naturally moans about things esp the food and the supervision, however... 24 hr care from nursery nurses, mental health nurses helped me bond with my baby and overcome some of my fears I was given brilliant psychology sessions which I was allowed to complete even after I left I was able to do occupational therapy as part of my recovery - I learned pottery, jewellery making, cooking, art therapy, drama therapy, baby massage, and there was tons of other options I could have done I had weekly sessions with the "baby whisperer" (baby psychologist) which were so reassuring, she videoed my interactions and played them back explaining the interactions between my baby and I which boosted my confidence and also helped prevent me building up false beliefs about my baby's development (I was unwell with severe anxiety over it) I had somebody there at every hour of the day able to help. From as simple as helping me change a nappy or watching and cuddling him for a few hours while I rested during my recovery to telephone support on my visits home and experienced psychiatric and psychological care. I totally get why ppl complain as the situation is not a pleasant one to be in but in hindsight they saved my life probably and my child's. Instead of me being in and out of psych wards and my baby in foster care...we are a family and I believe it's down to the care I had there helping me bond with my child

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Response from Bill Berry, Patient Experience Manager, Patient Public Involvement Team Organisation and Community Directorate, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Dear anonymous

Thank you for taking the time to post about your experience of using our Mother and Baby Unit.

I hope your description of the reality of using this service in what was obviously an incredably anxious time will be a real benefit to other women in similar circumstances. I will forward your post to the MBU team who I know will be very pleased.

Thank you again

Bill Berry

Service Improvement Manager

Patient Public Involvement and Patient Advice and Liaison Service

South London and Maudlsey NHS Foundation Trust

Maudsley Hospital

Denmark Hill

London SE5 8AZ

Tel: 07825180472

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