"Labour ward & help with feeding"

About: Musgrove Park Hospital / Maternity

(as a service user),

I had my baby 2 weeks before lockdown. She arrived in the early hours of the one day early march following a tricky labour. It was a  very busy night on labour ward with lots of births and I was whizzed out of labour ward to the post natal ward quickly to allow for another woman to come in. The midwife who was with me for my birth was exceptional. She was called Natasha and I think she had been moved from a different ward to help support the busy shift. The experience was very different from my previous 2 births on bracken but she made the effort to help me stay as mobile as possible despite needing to be on the monitor. I did the majority of the labour on my own but she was constantly popping in to check on me and she went above and beyond to help me deliver - she even missed her break! I had a number of midwives/doctors in the room as things got a bit challenging towards the end but they were all fantastic.

I would also like to comment on the excellent care I received from the infant feeding team - I managed to feed for 6 months thanks to them (I was ready to quit on day 3!) And in particular Isla the support worker who was such a calm and caring presence to be around when I was in a state and needed her help with pumping. 

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Response from Sallyann king, Head of Midwifery & Associate Director of Patient Care Families Directorate, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust last month
Sallyann king
Head of Midwifery & Associate Director of Patient Care Families Directorate,
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Submitted on 26/10/2020 at 12:45
Published on Care Opinion at 12:45


Dear Ziggy90

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your story with us. First of all a belated congratulations on the arrival of your newest family member. I am sure that a few months down the road you have had time to really enjoy her with your other children and make some really lovely memories as a family. Also well done for continuing to breastfeed for 6 months despite difficulties. You truly have given your baby the most wonderful start in life.

It makes me feel very proud when I read such lovely comments about the maternity service and to have named individuals who stand out for you, especially at a time when things were obviously not so straight forward for you. I am really pleased to hear that the great support carried on in to the postnatal period with the infant feeding team. I am always very grateful for the fabulous, dedicated team we have at Musgrove.

I will share your feedback with the whole team and make sure those you have named receive a personal copy.

Wishing you and your family all the very best.

Sallyann

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