"Consultant led unit maternity unit"

About: Lister Hospital

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I went into labour at 36 weeks and 6 days so had to go to the consultant led unit. I was disappointed by this as wished for as natural birth as possible. However it was an exceptional experience in which all my wishes were met and I had a natural birth with minimal intervention. The midwives were wonderful helping me to breastfeed and I am very grateful as this put us to such a good start and we are still going strong 18 weeks later. I count my blessings that I was lucky enough to have the two wonderful midwifes that came on shift at 7am

My only negative is that the midwife on the night shift didn't believe I was in the later stage of labour and tried to offer diamorphine when I was in fact ready to push. Fortunately I had the confidence in myself and knowledge not to accept this as this would have left my baby drugged.

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I think that women who have higher risk pregnancies being cared for in our consultant-led unit will take great heart from your account. We'll pass back your thanks back to the team (as well as the issue about the night shift midwife - lessons always need to be learnt) and may we use this opportunity to wish you and your new baby every happiness for the future.

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