"I chose to be under the care of ..."
About: Darent Valley Hospital Darent Valley Hospital Dartford DA2 8DA
What I liked
I chose to be under the care of maternity serices at DVH as an out of area patient. I am a diabetic under DVH and due the excellent care I recieve at the diabetes centre I was keen for this continuity to continue. The Diabetes care during my pregnancy was outstanding, supportive and flexible. The care on the post natal ward and during my c-section was again fantastic, I was given support, dignity and allowed to carry on my diabetic regime.
What could be improved
The post natal services were busy, often long waiting times to be seen. Midwives were often distracted and I did not see the same person twice making building a rapport difficult. I felt that I had to be overly demanding to get listened to and found the whole experience stressful.
Diabetes care and post-natal care- outstanding
Anti-natal care - Not as I had hoped, stressful