"Kind, caring support"

About: Forth Valley Royal Hospital / Maternity unit

(as the patient),

I had a emergency section for the birth of my first baby 2 weeks ago. I was really scared and the midwife in ward 7 was very calming. My little boy was born safe and sound at 6lb 8oz. I was then sent to ward 8 which is the postnatal ward. I was a bit anxious about being in a room with 4 other women and was in alot of pain. But my midwife Teri was brilliant. She looked after me for 2 days in a row before I went home. She always made sure I was ok and told me where she would be if I needed her. I struggled to breastfeed but Teri showed me how to get him latched on. I was in real pain and teri and the nightshift staff always made sure I was getting my pain killers

Thank you to all the midwifes and to Teri for her kind caring support. A credit to your team

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Response from Gail Bell, Deputy Head of Midwifery, Women and Children, NHS Forth Valley

Congratulations on the birth of your little boy.

I hope you are both well and that you are recovering from your caesarean section.

Everything can be overwhelming and frightening in the labour ward, especially for first time mums, so it is good to hear that the midwife caring for you helped calm the situation for you.

Having an operation then caring for a new baby is also very daunting so it is great that Teri was there for the duration of your stay to support and give you the help you needed.

I will pass on your comment to Teri and ward 7 staff. I am sure they will be delighted to hear it.

I hope the breastfeeding is going well and I am sure your wee boy will be giving you and your partner lots of pleasure as well as a few sleepless nights!

With best wishes to you and your family.

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