"Excellent first birth experience"

About: Russells Hall Hospital

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I am extremely late writing this review as I have only just realised that such a function existed... I chose Russell's Hall for the birth of my first baby despite it being 30 mins drive away, as I had heard good things about the maternity ward (and, unfortunately, bad things about my more local hospitals) and I am happy to say I wasn't disappointed. The care I received from every person who I came into contact with was excellent and made me feel important, well informed and cared for at all times. As a first time mother with anxiety issues I was beyond frightened when I went into labour, especially when problems with my heart rate and blood pressure meant I couldn't have the serene water birth I had planned. But I was reassured and encouraged during the 12 hours leading up to the birth of my son. I ended up having an emergency instrumental delivery in theatre due to my son being in distress and had an episiotomy, which was sutured afterwards. My community midwife (I live in a different area) commented afterwards about how it was one of the neatest cleanest jobs she'd seen! (this may sound trivial, as I'm hardly going to be showing it aroud! - but I know people who have suffered awful infections afterwards, or even been stitched up incorrectly). I also found the care I received after my baby was born to be way more than I had expected. From helping me out in the middle of the night when I couldn't work out why he was crying (I am embarrassed to say he needed his nappy changing - but I wasn't made to feel silly for this at all), to the numerous amounts of times I was given assistance establishing breast feeding - I really appreciated this as it was so important to me to breastfeed and it was harder than I thought to start with. I am happy to say I am still breastfeeding my son at 16 months and am thankful for the helping hand I was given at the start. I can honestly say, from the midwives to the cleaners, to the Physiotherapist I saw during my pregnancy for SPD - everyone I spoke to was brilliant and knew their stuff. I am now pregnant with my second baby and won't hesitate to come back to Russells Hall... Fingers crossed, I might get that water birth this time! Thank you all so much X

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Response from Russells Hall Hospital

Thank you, Jody, for taking the time to give us such glowing feedback about our Maternity Department. Congratulations on the birth of your son! We are thrilled to hear that you were so impressed by the care you received here and that, despite the complications, you were kept comfortable and at ease by our staff. The team in our Maternity Department work extremely hard to ensure that all our new mums have a safe and happy birthing experience, especially when they are nervous or anxious, so they will be thrilled to receive your lovely comments when we pass them on.

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