"I cannot comment on the facilites ..."

About: North Manchester General Hospital

(as the patient),

What I liked

I cannot comment on the facilites now on the maternity wards but when i had my babies i wasnt impressed at all with the standard of care provided.

What could be improved

I was left alone the majority of the time writhing in agony in labour and the midwife kept going away. I wanted to stand up to have my babies but i wasnt allowed to and hence had 2 degree tears on both of my babies births. The pain after giving birth due to stiches was excruiting and if I would have been allowed to stand up as what felt natural for me to do at the time im convinced I could have delivered my babies without the need for stiches and wouldnt have tore if I was in a standing position. The widwifes should allow the mother to have her baby in any position she feels most comfortable with not hooked up to a bed as this may be easier for the midwifes. It the 21st century rules need to be changed and midwifes need better training as many of them are incompetent.

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Response from North Manchester General Hospital

I am sorry that your experience was so negative. We have passed your comments to the Head of Midwifery. She has raised this with staff on all four sites to ensure that lessons have been learned.