"Presenting with symptoms of post partum psychosis"
About: Borders General Hospital / Maternity care (Ward 17) Borders General Hospital Maternity care (Ward 17) TD6 9BS
Posted by Talis (as ),
Physical /medical maternity services for the birth of our baby daughter in November were 10/10 and the staff were on the whole very knowledgeable, polite and friendly.
I would , however like to complain about the fact that no one gave any consideration to the fact that I clearly suffer from anxiety and that my husband was not to be sent home after the birth of had to stay over. Whilst I understand that husbands cannot stay on the general ward we were very clearly told originally that he could stay on the couch in the labour ward, yet when the time came he was sent home- a drive of some 1 hr 20 mins each way.
By the Sunday, when I was very clearly presenting to anyone with any psychiatry experience whatsoever that I was presenting with symptoms of post partum psychosis the skills and demeanour of the psychiatrist was sadly lacking and my family felt intimidated. Why on earth when all it takes is me walking into St. John’s is one poster on the wall describing post partum psychosis could the psychiatry dept at BGH not recognise this. 2/10 on this front I am afraid, please don’t let this happen to anyone else in your care, so distressing for all involved.
Can someone also please seriously consider covering mental health as part of the parent craft classes, it is a serious omission given the level of anxiety and depression we have in our society.