"Thank you for making my water birth dreams come true for my final baby xx"

About: Tameside General Hospital / Maternity care

(as the patient),

I have had three babies at tameside general hospital and the care I have received from the midwifes at antenatal clinics, labour ward, postnatal ward and at home has been outstanding.

I have had three very different labours, the most recent being a water birth which was an amazing experience. I have seen familiar faces through all three pregnancies which is very comforting to see. The care has been excellent.

However on many occasions they seem very short staffed and I get the impression they find it difficult to give the best care due to staff shortages which is a shame for them as they are just trying to do what's best for the women in their care.

I would like to say a massive thank you to all of the midwifes in Tameside but especially Carol, Gaynor and Ann who have looked after me in one way or another through all three pregnancies. I really appreciate the personal care that you give and thank you for making my water birth dreams come true for my final baby xx

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Response from Lindsay Stewart, Deputy Director of Nursing, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for your kind words about your water birth. All the staff on the maternity unit endeavour to support women and their families to have the best experiences during this very special time. I will ensure that all the staff get sight of your posting.

The unit has been busy of late and this is why you have gained the impression that we are short staffed – however, thank you for raising this with us.

Can I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy Christmas and well for the future?

Thank you again for posting on Patient Opinion.

John Goodenough

Director of Nursing

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