"An excellent birth experience"

About: Newham General Hospital

I had my second child at Newham in May 2015 and was really very impressed with everything from the ante natal care to the point of discharge with my baby.

I chose to have my care at Newham despite some bad reviews online and from people I know. But I wanted to give it a chance as there were new facilities and Barts had taken over. Right from the booking appointment, I could see that the maternity services were extremely busy and that got me worried. But they are very organised and I was seen to within a fairly reasonable time at all my ante natal appointments.

I was then diagnosed with gestational diabetes which I had with my first pregnancy. I didn't have my first child at Newham so I now have something to compare the services to. I must say, from the minute you find out you have the diabetes, the diabetes team is on board and you get a half day training on lifestyle and diet and how to keep yourself and your baby healthy. Followed by periodic diabetes ante natal clinics. These are on a Friday and because you see a Doctor, Sonographer and Diabetes nurse it does take time but it's organised and you get seen to. Just bring a good book! I felt well taken care of.

When the time came, I had to be induced, so I was booked in, and I came in at 8am to the Larch Ward and was given a bed and the lovely staff made sure I was given breakfast etc. I did forget to bring my diabetes notes so I was given a telling off for that but hey, I don't mind they're only trying to look after me. I was hacked on regularly and in the evening my contractions started. There were a few other women in the same position and it became clear that it was a very busy night and there were not many free beds in the delivery suite. In fact, one woman kicked up a fuss about it as she was waiting for a bed. I didn't feel too worried because all the staff on the ward were midwives, who actually deliver babies. The fact that I was in a bed downstairs rather than upstairs didn't phase me, I could see they were doing everything they can to get beds freed up. So I got taken upstairs when I was ready to deliver and gave birth within the next hour or so, my baby was delivered by the same midwife who looked after me downstairs and I was patched up, all seen to, my baby checked and back down to the ward after a couple of hours. Because of my diabetes I was kept an eye on for the rest of the day as was my baby and then discharged that evening. I couldn't have been more happier.

Once you accept that yes it's very busy but you're in a hospital surrounded by caring skilled people. We are very lucky to have this level of service and care in our doorstep meeting the needs of our community.

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Response from Newham General Hospital

Thank you for your message following the birth of your baby at Newham. We have passed your kind words on to the maternity team to be shared.

Kind regards

Barts Health NHS Trust

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