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About: Royal Berkshire Hospital

(as the patient),

What I liked

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What could be improved

I lost a baby due to stillbirth after i had her i was put down on the merturnity unit where all i could hear was babys crying. Mothers that suffer a loss need to be away from other babies as it is very upsetting.

Anything else?

Need more midwifes

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Responses

Response from Royal Berkshire Hospital

We realise the importance of being able to offer support and comfort to mothers who have sadly lost a baby. Within the Maternity Unit we have dedicated facilities which are made available to mothers. These facilities are still within clinical areas but are away from the main ward to allow the mother as much privacy and dignity as is possible. Whilst these facilities are intended to be away from other mothers and babies, occasionally, general ward noise i.e. babies crying, fetal heart monitors can be heard. We are sorry for any distress this has caused.

We have employed more midwives recently and have a further six waiting to start. By the end of December 2009 we plan to have 24 more midwives across the service than the same time last year. We are sure this will make a significant difference to the level of support we can offer mothers.

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