"Mixed Maternity care at Northampton"
About: Northampton General Hospital (Acute) Northampton General Hospital (Acute) Northampton NN1 5BD
Posted by Frosty Bear (as ),
Care on the labour ward was very good. Despite sharing midwives with multiple patients the support I needed was present. The midwife did miss the fact that I was bleeding heavily, but luckily my husband noticed and pointed it out. I then received all the medical attention I needed to ensure that myself and my daughter were okay.
Lack of anywhere to drop off labouring women near to the labour ward was appalling - my husband received a parking ticket when he left the car in a disabled space outside a disused (boarded up) building opposite the labour ward for 10 minutes. He had to half carry me into the labour ward as I couldn't walk more than a couple of steps and there were no spaces in the nearest car parks. I think this needs to be resolved urgently, as his appeal was turned down and it is ridiculous that there is no way of getting a labouring woman into the labour ward in the absence of car park spaces near by.
Care on the maternity ward was sketchy. On admission I was not told anything about the ward routine etc other than where the toilet was. I was provided with no information regarding meals, how to summon a nurse, where the nurses could be located etc. The nurses were very, very busy at times and consequently I was left with little support when I needed it. On one morning I was deperately trying to feed my new daughter and had been trying to for 6 hours. She was crying during this time. Despite my asking for help on 3 occassions from the nurses, no-one came to help me. I was very upset by this. On other days the nurses did provide me with support (checking my C-section dressing and helping with breastfeeding).
Overall I was happy with labour care and disappointed with maternity care.