"Maternity care"

About: Royal Bolton Hospital / Maternity care

My pre-labour was managed well and I was monitored for a couple of days as an out patient in the birthing suite with the support of th manager who has been fantastic support during my pregnancy. I was told to go back to be checked whenever and wasn't made to feel stupid. When established labour eventually started, the staff in the birth suite made me comfortable and looked after me. They soon noticed that Hari's heart rate was very fast so advised me that I need to go to the medical suite. Soon after my waters were broken as baby was upset- the waters had grade 3 meconium which I believe is the worst it can get. From then on things moved quickly and urgently. I was terrified and was treated calmly and sensitively by every single medical professional. A member of staff from the birth suite missed their break and went home late to care for me and Hari. Hari was born swiftly and urgently by c section. I was sseverely anxious but the staff reassured me and supported me during the whole procedure. The poor, young anaesthetist even held my hand upon request! the experience was one I hadn't hoped for obviously, but I know that my baby's life and my own was saved by that outstanding team in theatre and then nurtured by the teams in the high care unit and maternity ward. A special thanks goes to the midwife who spotted that Hari needed antibiotics quickly and acted accordingly- please make sure their action is recognised! I simply can't thank you all enough.

Catherine, Tomos and Hari xx

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Response from Royal Bolton Hospital

Dear Catherine, this must have been so worrying for you, but we're really pleased that our staff were able to support you throughout. Congratulations on the birth of your baby -- enjoy your new life together

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