"I recently had my baby in the Princess..."
About: Princess Anne Hospital Princess Anne Hospital Southampton SO16 5YA
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What I liked
I recently had my baby in the Princess Anne after a long and complicated labour. From a planned natural birth at Ashurst Birth Centre I ended up having an epidural, induction and c-section. Unbeknown to us baby had hydrocephalus, he needed surgery and was cared for in the neo-natal unit. The staff at the Princess Anne were absolutely brilliant. The surgeons were careful to explain everything fully and were happy to spend time discussing our questions. The nurses were amazing and were so kind, patient and really helpful especially with expressing so I could breastfeed once my son was recovering. I had been determined not to go to hospital to have my baby as I thought it would be clinical and impersonal. I found the opposite to be true - everyone involved was wonderful on a professional and personal level.
What could be improved
There were a few occasions when the communications between the different departments could have been better, for example a couple of messages slipped through the net between the neuro-department in the General Hospital and the ward I was on in Princess Anne.
Thank you to all the staff involved in caring for my little boy and helping him to recover and come home safe and sound.