"Apart from my long wait, I was impressed..."

About: Princess Anne Hospital

What I liked

The midwife that stayed with me during my labour was very kind and supportive. I especially appreciate the fact that she stayed with me all the way, even though her shift ended half an hour before my baby was born. I had a grade 3b tear and I the theatre staff was amazing. They made me feel safe and cared for which was very comforting since I have never had an operation or even stitches in my entire life! The breast feeding support group was also great.

What could be improved

Previously I've heard that people complain about shift changes. In my case, I had to wait for the theatre staff to get ready. It took 2 hours after my baby's birth before I went to theatre even though I was told that I'm nr.1 on the list. Since I had a bad tear, I was bleeding during my 2 hour wait. I vividly remember how I could feel the blood streaming from my body, but still there was no haste to help me. In the end I lost about 1.5litres of blood which meant I was send home to look after a new baby feeling extremely low. It took me about 5 months before I felt myself again. Now, 8 months later, I still feel traumatised by my experience which will definitely influence our future family planning.

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Response from Princess Anne Hospital

Thank you for telling us about your experience and we are pleased to hear the feedback about our midwives, theatre staff and other staff.

We would urge you to use our Birth Afterthoughts service to talk to a midwife about your experience of giving birth and the care in the hospital – phone 023 8079 6834 or go to www.suht.nhs.uk/birthafterthoughts for more information.

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