"Great experience for first pregnancy"

About: Newham General Hospital

My partner and I found all the midwives, doctors, and post-natal care to be fantastic. Everyone we came into contact with contributed to making a complicated pregnancy go as well as we could have hoped. After a few challenges with getting a room and a bit of a wait in triage as she became more dilated, we were given a fantastic room in the delivery suite with a hydropool. This was perfect for us as the birth centre was not an option because her blood pressure was borderline. After lots of gas and air in the pool, she became fully dilated, but the baby became distressed, turned laterally and did a poo. At this point the doctors were called and the room became full of highly competent people who whisked her away for an epidural, which went amazingly well, followed by delivery by forceps, which to my relief was carried out expertly. I was involved in decisions as far as possible and present at all times apart from the epidural. Post-natal care was excellent and we were very happy with the private room with ensuite that we paid for (we would recommend doing this).

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Response from Newham General Hospital

It is great to hear that your partner was more than taken care of by our staff throughout her labour. We are sorry to hear of the complications but are pleased to hear that our staff were there when your partner and baby most needed them. Thank you for taking time to share your experience. Many congratulations to you all and we hope that mother and baby are both doing well.

We have passed on your thanks and kind words to the team as they will love to read them.

Wishing you all the best

Barts Health NHS Trust

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