"Maternity stay"

About: Royal Bolton Hospital

I am seldom moved to give feedback however I feel compelled after my recent stay -6 days in total at Bolton hospital - 23-28 May 2014. I went in for a planned induction, however after no progress whatsoever I then went on to have a c section. Throughout my stay both myself and my husband were extremely impressed by the level of care and treatment I received. I arrived on M2 ward and was looked after by one nurse in the main. She quickly settled me in and was clearly very experienced and was able to reassure me (and other women on the ward) that we were all in good hands. As I said my inductions failed to progress so we were involved in the decision making process as to what would happen next. I was more than happy to have a section as for me the overwhelming priority was for my child to be delivered safely. Due to a quiet period. I was give a section within two hours of this decision and my beautiful son was delivered safely. Again the delivery staff were superb, from the midwives, surgeons and anaesthetists they all put me at ease. I later went to M4 the post antenatal ward once again superb care by all the staff. I had hoped to breast feed and received lots of support from the midwives and in particular from the breast feeding nurses, who assisted me with expressing. Unfortunately after three days it was apparent that I wasn't going to be successful at breast feeding, but I knew that my son had had three days of colostrum. The staff showed us how to bathe our son and was also on hand to offered practical advice. I had an emotional day whilst there due to problems with feeding and again midwife was there to give support both emotional and practical. I stayed an extra day to try and overcome these difficulties and make sure I was in the right frame of mind for going home. I am fortunate not to have had many stays in hospital in my life however the experience I received at Bolton maternity unit was first class. I wish to extend my thanks to all the staff, who day and night were accessible, supportive and very personable. Joanne Davies

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Response from Royal Bolton Hospital

It sounds as if you had a lot of ups and downs around the birth of your son, but we're really pleased that you felt well supported throughout. Congratulations on your baby's safe arrival and we hope you and your husband are enjoying these precious early days with him.

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