About: City Hospital (Birmingham)

Sister had a little baby girl visiting later that day nine hours after the birth my niece had dried up placenta fluid on her body given that she was a c section and my sister was unable to do much let alone to clean her baby. When asked she was told to clean her in a sink. I heard stories of how the babies are cleaned and bathed after birth yet my little niece wasn't cleaned and remaind with dried up placenta fluid on her until the next day when my sister was able to do it herself.

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Response from City Hospital

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. It is not common practice to bathe new born babies immediately following delivery. There are a number of reasons for this which include ensuring that they do not get cold, that enough time is given for skin to skin contact with their parents, and that the baby’s skin flora is not destroyed in the initial period following birth. We would aim to clean the baby with a dry towel immediately after birth but would often not bathe the baby until the following day. I am sorry your sister was advised to bathe her newborn in a sink as this is certainly not acceptable practice. I would like to look into this matter further if your sister is agreeable so please can you send details to our Patient Advice and Liaison Service swb-tr.pals@nhs.net who will be able to take this forwards. Thank you. Elaine Newell, Director of Midwifery.

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