"She just told me to get myself up"

About: Royal Bolton Hospital / Maternity care

(as the patient),

I had a bad experience during my stay and birth of my 4th child at the Bolton Royal infirmary. Although I had contractions every 5 mins at 2am I was sent home only to return again after a few hours. I was a bit shocked and wasn't expected to go through my labour on the floor mat. I was experiencing difficulty in this pregnancy getting up and sitting down on the floor anyway.

We were left on our own basically to get on with the labour. After the horrendous birth of my baby I was so weak that I couldn't get myself up from the floor. I asked for a hand to help me get myself up to which the midwife refused. Made me so upset she just told me to get myself up. We were shocked.

My family member had to hand over the baby to the other midwife so I could be helped up to get to the toilet to try and deliver my placenta that was retained. Straight after, although I couldn't walk or talk, I was told to go home and was offered no care, meal, attention etc

I believe it's only Bolton that provides such bad service. All my friends in Preston and Blackburn have nothing but praise for their maternity care units.

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Response from Royal Bolton Hospital

We were very sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your birth experience here. To clarify, some areas in most maternity units these days do not have beds, but may have mats or other equipment to encourage women to adopt a position such as squatting which research has shown is conducive to a good labour. If a woman is not happy with this, then their midwife should discuss alternatives with them. However there are clearly other parts of your experience which you were not happy with so if you would like to discuss this further please contact our PALS team in the first instance on 01204 390193.

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